I’m starting week two of vacation and since I’m starting to feel that I’ve done enough reading, I thought I might as well talk about it. I was determined not to buy any more books and read the ones that were already on my shelf. I’m out on a lake in the woods, far from town.
Out here wifi is spotty, phone service isn’t often great, so most of the time we read, we swim, we fish, or we ski. I brought a huge stack of books with me – fourteen, I think. Before I left, I went around my house and picked up every book that I’d been “meaning to read” and had lying around and decided I was going to read it. I didn’t grab every book. I wanted to be somewhat realistic and to be honest, if I was going to grab every book around the house that I’d been meaning to read but hadn’t gotten to yet, I probably would have about 30 books. I brought enough books for roughly a book a day. I packed kind of light and I’m on a road trip, so I don’t have to worry about the weight of all the books, so I was able to get away with this kind of luxury of bringing my own physical books half way across the country.
I figure some books will be things I plausibly can read in one day, others, might be 2 or 3 day books. I brought a mix of classics, contemporary lit, fantasy, and some westerns. I can’t read anything too similar back to back – that tends to tire me out. So, I mix it up – I pick a western and then the next book will be contemporary, or set in Russia – my brother told me a few months ago that I didn’t read enough from Russian authors, so I have more than a few now queued up.
Anyway, I’m now seven days into my two-week book shelf cleansing and I’m on book six. I have loved the chance just to get back into reading. I haven’t loved every book I’ve read, but finding one that just grabs you again makes it worth it. I don’t remember the last time I’ve been able to just sit and read for hour and hours on end and it’s fantastic.
So far, I’ve read Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, The Revenant by Michael Punke, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, The Magicians by Lev Grossman, Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo, and The Ghost Network by Catie Disabato.
Still to read: Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Suttree by Cormac McCarthy, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, and Rules for Werewolves by Kirk Lynn.