A few weeks ago I decided to try something new: reading more spontaneously. I’ve sworn off timed challenges, and the idea is to pick up any book that strikes my fancy. This week I realized that it may take a month or two to achieve that kind of spontaneity. When I embarked on this “un-project,” I had several books mentally queued up to read sooner than later:
- At Mrs Lippincote’s, by Elizabeth Taylor
- The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson
- Room, by Emma Donoghue
- To Mervas, by Elisabeth Rynell
- Breaking Night, by Liz Murray
- The Man who Loved Children, by Christina Stead
- A Dry White Season, by Andre Brink
- South Riding, by Winifred Holtby
Only one — Breaking Night — represents a real commitment. I received it last month from LibraryThing Early Reviewers, and I need to read it in a “reasonable” period. But you know, I genuinely want to read all of these books! Some, like The Finkler Question and Room, are recent additions to my tbr pile. To Mervas was a pleasant surprise; I won it in a Belletrista giveaway. Others, like The Man who Loved Children and A Dry White Season, have been patiently waiting for my attention for the better part of this year.
So … that’s 8 books, which should take me into early/mid December. And then last week I decided to read Barchester Towers for the Classics Circuit Anthony Trollope Tour. I guess having 9 books piled up waiting to be read isn’t exactly reading spontaneously. But I’m taking a lot of time off during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, which means I’m likely to read more than these 9 books. And I have no idea what I’ll choose — that’s where my spontaneity will finally come in !!
I’m slowly breaking this “planned reading” habit. I may be cured by, oh, February … 🙂