I felt your pain...I really did...all those books jostling for your attention on here and no time to read them, so I'm hoping that this scaled back approach doesn't feel quite so demanding of your immediate attention and it gives longer to natter about the books in between too.
It's certainly working this end because I am hoping to dip back into academia this autumn and needed some time to gather my thoughts and explore routes to getting that coveted MA in English Literature in the bag before the next big 0 birthday.
Open University works well for me so it might just win and I'm getting the old buzz back, self-inflicted directed study plus their new Literature MA looks right up my alley, lots of variety and new trails and of course I'm hoping you'll all give me the answers when I need them and I'll just sit here with my feet up and let you write the assignments... will that be alright?
I'll credit you in the footnotes and you can all come to the graduation.
I did six years of study with the OU whilst working full time and raising teenagers so if I can't manage it now that I work part time from home and with Bookhound doing the shopping, well I need sorting.
So the pile of books I was supposed to be reading seemed to be self-multiplying and I was like a moth to a flame, dipping into everything that arrived and wanting to carry on with it immediately and in the end I had to give myself a very stern talking to.
The situation actually so serious that the bedside table looked like a pile 'em high shop display with no room for Bookhound to carefully place my breakfast tray, which is a serious matter so something had to give.
I've been a bit ruthless, quite a few half-reads that seemed likely to stay that way, books that started so well and fizzled, others that I want to slow-read, others that I've been reading for months now and they were beginning to feel like millstones making temporary abandonment the only route.
Plus plenty more William Maxwell and now Wallace Stegner, because Wallace is in the house and is mostly to blame for this along with all those of you who dropped his name into comments on a regular basis until I relented....bless you all.
The first few chapters of Angle of Repose tell me that I will love it but I've settled on a slow read of Stegner's Crossing to Safety now that I've completed my four week dawdle through William Maxwell's Time Will Darken It more of which soon.
I have more all jostling for attention on the ' American Boys' shelf on my desk too.
Who'd have thought it, suddenly it's the American chaps who are grabbing my attention and usually that's a group that frightens me silly...Philip Roth, Saul Bellow et al, except how daft to lump them all together. It's like suggesting that Sebastian Barry and Martin Amis rub writing shoulders...actually they might be best friends, I don't know, but I do know I read everything written by one and am scared stupid at the mere thought of the other.
With that in mind I turned to Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, last read in 2001 for a book group and to think, Holly Golightly might have been called Connie Gustafson... good call Truman.
I haven't seen the film in ages but I have to own up Moon River just does for me every time so I'll be watching again any day because I've loved the book all over again.
Having just about recovered from 600 pages of Orley Farm, which was the Mystery Trollope I was reading over Christmas and which got 3* from me (that's highly recommended according to The Reader star rating), The Reader had very kindly sent The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan for the next Reader's Connect slot, a very welcome 90 pages...I could have kissed it and what a revelation of a read that's been.
Do you note I'm past tensing this reading?
I'm completing and finishing.
I suppose for many this might have felt like the reading doldrums, the 'blues' rather than Holly Golightly's 'mean reds', becalmed with books everywhere, but I have no problem sweeping aside those I'm not enjoying...even after a hundred pages or more, drawing a line and starting over.
That's me sorted for this week how about you?