Sunday, November 7, 2010
The original plan was to comb through my shelves this weekend and write up a recap of all your great comments on taming the shelves and picking your next read. A bad shopping experience yesterday, though, sent me to bed to watch my Law & Order: SVU backpile while drinking a Sonic creamslush. So...the shelves are still untouched. Maybe next week.
In glancing at the shelves, though, I can't help but notice that I tend to collect books by authors--whether I've read the author or not. I have several Joyce Carol Oates but have never read one of her books! But I also collect authors' books when I've read the author and have had a good experience. Collecting books by authors you enjoy isn't necessarily unusual. I bet most of you do the same.
But, the strange thing? I hold on to these books and only allow myself to read maybe one a year. Crazy? Kind of. But what if I read through them too quickly and then am left with nothing by this author? This is especially true for authors who are no longer writing or have died. But what about the others? What if they suddenly stop writing? Then I'll be left with nothing.
Pleasure delayer? Possibly. So...Sunday's Question:
Do you like to read through an author's canon? Or do you like to read a variety of books just testing one or two from an author? And more importantly, am I the only one in the world who delays reading books by an author she loves for fear that I'll run out of new things to read? Need an example? Margaret Atwood. I totally pleasure delay in reading her books. What if she stops writing (nevermind the fact that she's a pretty dang prolific writer)? Please tell me I'm not the only one!
Looking Back to Last Week:
-You guys told me how you pick your next book
-I broke the news that I'm pregnant and you overwhelmed me with congrats!
-Finally I reviewed Brothers Karamazov.
-And shared a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies with a Hug
Looking Forward to Next Week:
Other than the first The Odyssey update Monday, I don't have anything planned. Maybe a good thing as I've been feeling a little overwhelmed lately trying to keep up with the ole blogosphere. There are several posts I'd like to write, but whether I find the time is a different story. I may just allow this week to be a quiet week. We'll see!
Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday. Any fun plans for today?