I know...there are four days left of the month: prime reading time! But my brain is saturated with classic writing and I'm subconsciously digging in my heels. I want to read something simpler, more lyrical, new and fresh.
I want to read something that is not next in the stack.
So...even though there are all kinds of interesting novellas still waiting to be read...they are simply going to have to wait a little while. I may read them intermittently through the next few months; it's just as possible I may wait until next summer to finish them up.
|A Final Look: left=read, right=unread|
- There are oh-so-many classic authors that are delightful to read. I've found many authors that I'm exited about, and thrilled to have exposure to so many more than I did less than a month ago.
- Russian authors feel SO much older than their American contemporaries. Makes sense, I guess, but still...wow.
- My dislike for the ocean is a bit more than a preference after all. Turns out it has the power to make words swim on the page and thoughts swirl in my head.
- I CAN read intentionally--purposefully--and enjoy it. My TBR shelves are no longer as intimidating as they once were.
- I needn't be afraid of Dostoevsky. Or anyone else for that matter. An author's writing may not be to my taste, or the right fit for the time in my life, but that's okay because there are others who are. I just need to stick with them.
- Reading 28 books in a month is totally do-able. Classic outweighs short length, right?
First up is Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. This was the most recent Indispensable book, and the first page has me hooked. There are a lot of others that I'm looking forward to as well...let's see how well I switch from a preset list to reading by whim alone. :) As much as I'm ready to read according to my mood, I'm also feeling the end of the year encroaching already...nominations for the Indie Lit Awards open soon, can you believe it?
Other books replacing the novellas on my end table are Down From Cascom Mountain, Yeats is Dead!, and Maus.
Thanks to Frances of Nonsuch Book for coming up with the idea, and Melville House Publishing for the brilliant collection of books, and all of you for your encouragement and support!