This month’s reading challenge is to “smash your stack,” and I’m doing my level best. So far, I’m sticking to my promise to read only my own books, the one exception being Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn for my book club (well done, me!).
What are you currently reading?
I’m still working my way through The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe by Ann Morgan. It has been three weeks since I started it, and I’m just beyond the halfway point. Sometimes, it feels like I’m reading in slow motion. Perhaps I should accept that it’s not what I was looking for and set it aside, but apparently, I’m unwilling to consign it to the DNF pile. Partly, this is because, as I read, I’m gaining a clearer understanding of why the book isn’t working for me, and that feels important. Also, I respect what she set out to do and want to honor that by getting to the end of the story.
After struggling through another chapter yesterday, I decided to give myself a break and plucked The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah from my “smash your stack” list. It’s another book that’s been in my library since it first came out and that I’ve somehow managed to neglect. I don’t know why, as it’s a World War II novel, my favorite genre along with time travel novels. The first chapter didn’t grab me, but once I got beyond it, the novel sucked me in, and I’ve been reading it obsessively every chance I get.
After what feels like eons of rainy weather, we finally had a string of sunny days. Translation: I’ve been enjoying plenty of long walks to the beach while listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling.
What did you recently finish reading?
On my friend Jessica’s recommendation, I finally read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. This one has been on my bookshelf for years, but I never found the right time to read it. Love it or hate it – and I had moments of both while reading it – the book is genius. It’s a farce and a satire, stuffed to bursting with literary references (on multiple levels) and wordplay (beginning with the title), and alternately hilarious and depressing.
I also finished listening to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling. It’s one of my favorites in the series owing to a time travel twist.
What do you think you’ll read next?
In addition to a few titles I contemplated last week, I’m thinking maybe The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams, the second in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series. It popped up over the weekend when I reshuffled my e-library to show books by author (A for Adams!). I read the first paragraph on a whim and laughed out loud, so I’m thinking that will be a good choice.
How about you, lovely readers? What books are on your have read, currently reading, and to read lists?