That’s an easy one for me. One of my favorite books inspired one of my favorite songs: Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita inspired The Rolling Stones’ Sympathy with the Devil. Interestingly, I loved them both separately before discovering that they’re connected. Though if you think about the subject matter, it makes perfect sense.
And now for my Bout of Books update:
I’m not a fast reader. So I didn’t set a goal of finishing 57 books or whatever. Even five would be a stretch for me in a single week, barring my being trapped alone on a deserted island with nothing to do but read every moment of daylight. (Not that I would object to that.) My goal was more modest: to get back into a reading rhythm.
At the moment, that means being able read without feeling distracted by my towering to do list. It means allowing myself to get lost inside the pages of a book, without feeling like half of my attention is on the million things I need to get done that do not include finishing the book I’m reading. To some extent, I feel like I’ve accomplished that. I have a few books going in different genres. That’s a key for me since it allows me to read according to my mood and focus level.
This week, I have:
- Finished Harry Mount’s Odyssey: Ancient Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus by Harry Mount
- Read Books 5 – 8 in The Odyssey by Homer
- Made it halfway through Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
- Almost finished A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
The nice thing about those last three: They’re all books that have been on my bookshelves for a while. Thus: #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks win. Technically, Winnie the Pooh was a re-read (from years and years ago). However, I’d not read the e-book version that has been in my Nook for a while.
I’m still working on getting my reading life where I want it to be. Lucky for me, there’s another Readathon coming up: Take Back Your Shelves running September 2 – 5. Be sure to visit the fabulous JMill Wanders for all the details!