So, a curious thing happened to me this week. I finished the two lingering books I had on my plate and then…nothing…no more Brothers Karamazov, no more Dueling Monsters, no more books I’ve been working on for months, no more book club obligations. For the first time all year I finished five books in a month and was left with nothing to read. Not literally nothing to read as last week I was just talking about my overflowing TBR, but nothing I HAVE to read.
This is a feeling I haven’t encountered in a few months. I’ve read a small handful of “just because” reads this year, but mostly my year has been split between readalongs, giant classics, and a smattering of book club books. In previous years I was always working towards reading challenge goals, and before that school obligations. Sure I have The Odyssey readalong coming up, but after that? Nothing. I'm not signed up for a single reading challenge in the future and will listen to next month’s book club book on audio, so where does that leave me? No where! It’s very liberating yet strange feeling.
As I face 600 books on my shelves—some read, most not—I find myself wondering, “what the heck do I pick?” Should I start with testing out TBR books to see if I really want to hang on to them? Or the Christmas gifts that my parents keep asking, “have you read X?” Or should I re-read something I’ve been saying for years I’d like to re-read? Or the books that have simply been collecting dust for even longer? A classic? A contemporary lit? Hardcover or paperback? I have no idea. I’m overwhelmed by my books and part of me wishes that I did have a challenge or class or club that I had to read a book for. Once when this happened I had to have Scott choose my book for me! [He chose Catch-22—not knowing what it was].
I'm not sure which book I'll finally settle on, but right now I'm leaning towards The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. This was a Christmas gift and I feel so sheepish telling my parents, "I haven't had time to read it yet." An absurd but strangely true statement. I want to be better about reading gift books sooner after I receive them!
So, I think you can guess Sunday's Question...
How do you decide what to read next? Do you have a list that you work your way through or do you pick at random? Does anything dictate your reading? Do you find yourself reading more "obligation" type reading--for challenges, classics, readalongs, book clubs, or is everything you read just want you want to read (by the way, this is a tricky statement as even obligation books are ones I want to read...maybe just not my first choice?). When you're staring at a massive pile of books, which do you grab first?
Looking Back to Last Week:
-I gushed over Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
-My Halloween Village made its grand appearance
-Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde fought Dorian Gray in the Dueling Monsters
-Finished books 4 and 5 for October! Most in a month all year and better than the 0 I read in September! So what if two of the books I've been working on for months, one I read in a day for the readathon, and the other two I half read/half listened to. I'll take it!
-Spent a lovely weekend in College Station, Texas. I'm pre-writing this post, but Ags--I hope you don't let me down!
Looking Forward to Next Week:
-The start of The Odyssey Readalong!!
-Brothers Karamazov review (fingers crossed)
-That cookie recipe I was going to post this week but ran out of time
-Hopefully quieter evenings and more "Trish" time
-A possibly big and exciting annoucement
Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday!
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