I want to say I’ve been reading. Mostly because I identify myself as a reader. And although it is true that I do read all day, it’s not the same. I often, almost daily, go into the black hole of twitter links. You know how it goes – someone posts a link to an article. You go read it. That article references another article. You read that. And it continues until you realize you’ve spent an hour just reading one link after another. (Academic reading is another story for another day)
I want to say I’ve been reading books.
But I can’t. Because I haven’t. It’s not for lack of trying. I checked out a book recently that I was really interested in. The Sixty-Eight Rooms / Marianne Malone.
This book called to me. Set in Chicago (my favorite city) and centered around the Throne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. I love that exhibit! I love the Art Institute! And yet, I couldn’t get into this book. I tried. So much. And I don’t want to give up on it – so I’m back on the hold list to try again. I think, I hope, that I just wasn’t in the right mood because the premise of the book is really cool and I think I could enjoy it. We’ll see. I will report back.
Other than trying to read that book for 4 weeks, I have a stack. Currently on my kitchen table taunting me and teasing me are:
- Code Name Verity / Elizabeth Wein
- Wonder Show / Hannah Barnaby
- The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Curse of the Spellmans / Lisa Lutz
- The Diviners / Libba Bray
- Joy the Baker Cookbook / Joy Wilson
- The Joy of Juicing / Gary and Shelly Null
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity / Katherine Boo
- Zeitoun / Dave Eggers
And I’m really excited about all of these books! So TONIGHT I have big plans. I’m going to make a spinach/strawberry/goat cheese salad, pour a glass of red wine and curl up on the couch and read for a while. My hope is I’ll be pulled into the story and not want to stop. First up “The Diviners”, mostly because it’s the one with the earliest due date (and has holds so I cannot renew it).
Wish me luck?