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.