Something else I noticed this week: 2016 has found me rereading more often than at any time since childhood. Back then, I’d read the same books on a seemingly endless loop. As an adult, I’ve tended to resist rereading because I feel like I *should be* reading new books. As to why I’m drawn to rereading all of a sudden, maybe it’s something to do with growing older and feeling nostalgic. (This I will want to explore further in a future post!)
Now on to the questions:
What are you currently reading?
My friend Jessica has been encouraging me to read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole for ages. Which is about how long the book has been on my bookshelf. So I’m multi-tasking by reading this one: I’m finally reading a book recommended by a dear friend and smashing my stack in the process.
I’m also still working on The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe by Ann Morgan. Admittedly, I haven’t made much progress since last week. The primary problem is, I think, my expectations: The book isn’t what I thought it would be based on the description. It’s heavy on research about the international book market and light on book talk.
What did you recently finish reading?
Most recently, I finished rereading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling. I’ve now lost track of how many times I’ve read this book. After rereading The Battle of Hogwarts from The Deathly Hallows last week, I was feeling nostalgic for a good Dumbledore scene. One of my favorites is at the beginning of Half-Blood Prince. Somehow, that turned into reading the whole book again.
I also finished Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, another reread. It has been a few years since I read it. Honestly, I’d forgotten how incredibly boring the first section can feel and what a complete 180 happens in the second part. If you’ve tried to read this book but gave up, give it a go like this: Read the first part like a detective investigating a suspicious character.
My to-read list is so, so long … and overwhelming … and ever-changing. I crafted a nice, long list earlier this month when I committed to *smash my stack.* So far, I’ve been sticking to it, though I am a painfully slow reader. (Which is to say: I haven’t made as much progress as I’d like.) I might try The Time Machine by H. G. Wells next since I haven’t read a classic yet this month. The idea of reading a children’s book sounds appealing to me at the moment as well – perhaps Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead.
Not on my original Smash Your Stack list but also tempting: A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel by John Irving, which is in my e-library. I first read it in high school and remember falling in love with this book. I don’t remember too much about the plot, but I remember the feelings reading the novel evoked. For a long time, I called it one of my favorite books of all time. Eventually, it dropped down on my favorite list simply because I discovered new books. I’m so curious to revisit it and see what kind of experience I have this time around.
I’m keen to hear what everyone’s reading, read, and planning to read. Share in the comments?