I’m kind of in reading slump right now. There are a ton of opened books around me, but none of them really capture my attention. This past weekend I was planning to kick my lazy streak to the curb by finishing Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers and maybe making a significant dent in Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic. But neither one of those plans realized themselves, because I just couldn’t concentrate on the story. Sometimes I go through phases when I read like a madwoman, sitting in my cave for days without human contact, gulping one book after another; and sometimes I just plant myself in front of the TV and binge on old Columbo movies. That’s what I did last weekend too.
My random lack of interest in reading, however, never affects my tendency to impulsively order books when browsing the library’s website (which happens almost daily). If I see something I’ve been meaning to read for a while, I just put it on hold. As you might have guessed the voice of reasoning that keeps whispering about the perpetual lack of time is usually brushed aside in these cases. Don’t ask me how, and for what crazy reason, but I have exactly six books checked out from the library at the moment (that’s on top of my own books ). And you know those people who insist on seeing things through to the end even when the book is really not their cup of tea (that’s me)? Well, some of them also have a hard time returning said books to the library without turning the last page first (that’s me too). It literally pains me to go back to my local branch and, coming up to the gaping return slot of shame, letting a good book go without giving it a proper chance. What happened, I ask myself, I totally had all intentions to read this one!
My due date schedule looks like this (so far at least):
12/17 Sharpe’s Tiger by Bernard Cornwell [RB]
12/17 Locke & Key [Book 1] by Joe Hill [RB]
12/31 For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway [RB]
01/02 The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett [NR]
01/02 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes [NR]
01/02 Other People’s Baggage by Kendell Lynn et al. [NR]
[RB] – refers to renewable items
[NR] – non-renewable items
Thankfully I have a great job where I get a Christmas break for two weeks, so I am planning to do some heavy duty reading at the end of December if the holiday madness allows me to. I’ve been very slack with reading for the last two weeks and really only finished one book in all of December so far (usually I’m at around five by the middle of the month). So this week I’ll be focusing on finishing off those library books as well as catching up on in-progress ebooks I have happening on my Kobo.
Sometime this week I should be able to complete Whose Body and get to the half-point of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. There are also a couple more challenges I would like to post about and perhaps announce my new War & Peace project. Please check back soon and don’t forget to leave comments!