What was I thinking? Back in December, March seemed so far away and I gleefully committed to two group reads. In February I added two more commitments for March that sounded like too much fun to resist. And then there’s my short story project, and a LibraryThing Iris Murdoch group offering further temptation, and I fear I’m rather over-committed.
The good news is, I really enjoyed reading through my February book stack. I re-read a Jane Austen novel, finished my second collection of short stories, read an immensely enjoyable Tudor mystery, and savored a novel by the great Molly Keane. As I write this, I’m nearly finished with Rohinton Mistry’s Family Matters, which has also been a very good read. Quite a satisfying month.
But March … oh, March. Again, what was I thinking?
- Doctor Thorne, by Anthony Trollope: This is on my Kindle, thank goodness, because print editions are over 900 pages! This is for a LibraryThing group read. Several of us read The Warden and Barchester Towers, and wanted more. But 900 pages more? Good heavens! CORRECTION: The Penguin Classics edition of this book is 592 pages. Still …
- The Word Child, by Iris Murdoch: Also on my Kindle, and now vying for the “most likely not to be read in March” award.
- At the Owl Woman Saloon, by Tess Gallagher: These are my bedtime short stories for the month. I’m not going to let my other commitments send my short story project off track!
- The Big Rock Candy Mountain, by Wallace Stegner. Another LibraryThing group read. I picked this up in a used book sale two years ago, not long after reading Angle of Repose, which was terrific. The group read inspired me to dust it off. Now will I read it?
- The Beth Book, by Sarah Grand: This is my pick for the Classics Spin, and the rules say I have to read it by April 1. Eek!
- In the Woods, by Tana French: My book blogging buddy, Rebecca @ Love at First Book, is hosting a group read in March. As with the Stegner, the book was already on my shelves. I really want to read it. It seems like it’s just meant to be, doesn’t it? Want to join me? It’s not to late to sign up!
Since I’ve been on a 5-books-per-month pace for a while, and one of these books is huge, it’s doubtful I can get through them all. Oh, and did I mention I completely succumbed to hype and requested a book from the library, too? Granted, I’m #46 in the queue but I’ve moved up about 10 spaces in the past week so it’s possible it will be mine before the month is out. And then what will I do ?!!
To begin with, I’m not going to worry about it. I’m just going to dive in and do my best. Short stories will continue to serve as bedtime reading. I’ll be glad if I get through half of Doctor Thorne, and I don’t mind spreading that out over two months. Rebecca suggested a schedule for reading In the Woods, which looks manageable too. I’ll have three books on the go at any one time, which is a real change for me. But I’m up for the challenge … wish me luck!