- Eating the Cheshire Cat by Helen Ellis
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rolwing
- Spells of Enchantment by Jack Zipes
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- “Evie M.” by O.A. Lindsey
There was a point this week when I felt exactly like the Anchor Man meme. I looked at my now double stack of TBR books and thought, “Well, that escalated quickly.” Wasn’t I supposed to be whittling the pile down? Wasn’t I supposed to stop checking out random stuff? Wasn’t I supposed to actually be reading? The most surprising thing was when I counted the books in my stack and realized that it was actually still hanging around the same amount it’s been at forever.
Still, things feeling a little out of control isn’t always a bad thing. I felt a real need to get my ass in gear last week so I plowed through the last bit of The Sound and the Fury, which I really did like and probably actually liked more for the speed with which I finished it. Then I started the laborious task of pushing through a collection of short stories. When I realized that I was actually dreading reading more of them, I tossed it aside and moved on. I grabbed the new Krakauer, Missoula, and was sucked in before the action packed adventure that was my weekend and also made any reading virtually impossible.
By the way, I have never read Krakauer before but there’s this really funny story about Hubby reading Into the Wild when he was going through a notoriously tough time and taking off in the middle of the night with nothing but his fishing gear and a hatchet to “go into the wild.” Honestly, if the man writes like this all of the time, I’m not surprised. I cannot believe how easy this is to read, given the subject matter. I totally expected to just be upset the whole time that I was reading this but I’m not. I’m having a hard time putting it down!
I still feel a little buried in the TBR. I thought earlier, “Why can’t I get it down to 25? 20? 10??” The idea of having only 10 books stacked up to read was enough to make me swoon. If only. If only! Now I have convinced myself that I am prepared to blast through SO MANY BOOKS in the next couple of weeks. I’ll try. One of my goals is to steal time whenever I can, before work and after work and when I drive really fast and get somewhere early. I will not leave the house without a book. This is my charge!