I miss reading. Not just 140 characters or a short status update, but sitting and reading a book for hours undisturbed. A real book with paper pages, buckram binding, and cool cover art. I need to make more time for that indulgence.
I have an entire bookcase devoted to To-Read books. It’s full and has spilt out into three baskets on the floor at my bedside. I need to put myself on a moratorium – no new books until I’ve read, oh… three pending books.
Those books that have been read, also need to be recycled. There is a magnificent used bookstore about two hours from me. You can sell used books and buy more, at reduced prices. It’s heaven for a unapologetic bibliophile.
What I need to do, is re-sort my book pile into several smaller, less intimidating piles. I have nine books alone by Jo Nesbø, a Norwegian author who writes crime mysteries. Who wouldn’t love a protagonist named Harry Hole? (Pronounced “Holy.”) I’m only on the second book in the series. They aren’t connected like Stieg Larsson’s triology, but even as stand alone stories, they make more sense if you start from the beginning.
I have the new Dean Koontz “Odd Thomas” book, the final one in that series. I have “Egg & Spoon,” by Greg Maguire, best known for writing “Wicked,” which is now a hit Broadway musical. Then there’s Neil Gaiman’s newest book, “Trigger Warning,” a collection of short stories.
In an effort to broaden my understanding of the world around me, and my appreciation for history, I’ve added a few non-fiction titles to my reading list. First up is, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” by Elizabeth Kolbert.
According to the book jacket’s front flap, “… Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before.” She presents a well researched argument for why “… the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy…”
I have the first pile of books, what else do I need?
- A comfy couch – check
- Pillowy pillows – check
- A warm blanket – check
- Plenty of time to read – check
- Peace and quiet – check
- Snuggly dogs – check
Where to start?!