Currently Reading

My “currently reading” pile has gotten way out of control, mostly because I am desperately trying to manage several writing projects, and several reviews, and also have misplaced a few books that are so large I have no idea how I lost them in a two room apartment.1 This is why I use goodreads so obsessively right now, because otherwise I just forget what I was in the middle of and by the time I remember, I have to go back and start over.

Now is a good time to take stock of what I’m currently reading, because I think 6 books is the top end of what I can really say I’m actively reading. So here are my current reads:

  • Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama: Reading this for a review. I really like it so far, and I’ll save further thoughts for the review.
  • Cry Wilderness by Frank Capra: Same deal. Reading for a review. I was a little biased going in because I love his movies and I’m trying to be fair to the text.
  • Don’t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli: This book is just excellent. I randomly picked it up at the library mostly because of the blurbs. I keep reading it in tiny chapters right before bed. The voice and tone is just amazing once you catch the beat.
  • Byzantium: The Early Centuries by John Julius Norwich: Currently under my bed, I hope. I am giving this one a pause because my desire to research is making me read so, so slowly. This is one of those books I really should have listened to rather than read, because I just get so distracted by rabbit holes.
  • Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor: Also hopefully under my bed? Paused because I need to go back to this when I get to my Greece book, which might be as late as the new year. He’s disrupting my tone. I am so freaking vulnerable when it comes to writing voice that I have to be really careful. I can catch myself imitating other writers when the things I’m reading are ridiculous, but it’s harder when my writing starts to sound like it should be read with a transatlantic accent.
  • The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: This one’s actually on my desk, and I made it pretty far, I just dropped it because I was reading to procrastinate. It’s my top read after I get through the work books.

So that’s the state of the currently reading shelf. Lots of good stuff, and not enough time.

  1. They’re under the bed. They’re always under the bed.