How did it happen? I'm not quite sure, but it's actually working for me. The impetus has been a variety of things: library due dates, convenience and mood. Most peculiarly, all of these books have been rocking my reading world. I seem to be suffering from premature separation anxiety, and it's keeping me from finishing books. Here's what has been competing for my attention these past two weeks:
- Girls on the Verge by Vendela Vida - I adored Vida's latest novel The Lovers, and her non-fiction exploration of the rituals American girls use to form their adult identity. It's lovely.
- The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson - I didn't finish reading it before the Booker Prize winner was announced, but the little bit I have read has been wonderful. I adore Jacobson's writing, and I'm hoping to shift my focus to this one soon.
- Great House by Nicole Krauss - I'm working my way through the National Book Award for Fiction finalists, and this one is off to a wonderful start. I'm choosing to savor it in small sections so far.
- An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award this year is a wonderful collection of short stories, and I'm reading one each day.
- Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier - Tracy Chevalier is a writer I've enjoyed for years. I started reading this historical novel about fossil collectors while vacationing on Cape Cod a few weeks ago, and I'm still enjoying it in little bits.
- How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique - a one-week only check-out from the library made this one jump to the top of my pile. It was named one of the 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation, and I'm enjoying reading these short stories too.
- Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris - I'm still on a mystery kick, and this one is lovely. Somehow I'm managing to savor it instead of rush through, and that's a testament to Ferraris's writing.
- Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani - I'm listening to this one on audio, and it's a fun listen. I'm not the world's biggest audiobook fan, but I'm finding myself driving a lot this semester, and listening to an audiobook has been a good experience.
The new rules:
- I will let myself read up to four books at one, as long as these categories are observed:
- non-fiction: non-fiction provides a nice alternative to fiction, my favorite genre, but I like to read non-fiction in small does.
- short stories: I'm expanding my love of novels and actively seeking out short stories. I enjoy reading collections one story a day.
- audio: I'm pleasantly surprised how much I'm enjoying an audiobook, and I hope to continue keeping one going at all times.
- novel:first and foremost, I've a novel lover, but I want to revert to only reading one at a time so I have maximum enjoyment and focus on details.
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