I’d planned to write this post yesterday morning. It’s a new section I’ve introduced to the blog – the week in books. It makes sense to publish it on a Monday morning. What better way to start the week than thinking about what books I’ll be reading for the next seven days.
So, first thing yesterday morning I went into my book room with a plan to pick my reading for the week ahead. I love my book room. It’s only small, but it’s filled with books. My mission was to select a few books – novels and short stories – and then write about them on my blog. It wouldn’t take long I thought. Ten minutes max.
Ten minutes past. Then twenty. Then thirty. Before I knew it I’d lost an hour. It was nearly 8am and I had to start work. I had to make a decision and fast. The problem was that I just could not decide which books to pick.
My regular book-buying binges mean I have lots of books that I’ve yet to read. In fact, I have so many books to choose from that I didn’t know where to start. As well as the book room selection, I’d also just returned from a few days in Northumberland so had three or four bags full of second-hand books from Barter Books, one of my favourite bookshops. Before that I’d gone on a book-buying binge as a reward for finishing my university assignments. That’s probably a whole year’s worth of books!
When it came to selecting one or two books, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t decide. I had too many books. I was overwhelmed. I wanted to read them all. I could have stayed in my room pondering which book to read for most of the day. Unfortunately, (or fortunately) I’d also got lots of work to do, and quite simply did not have the time to stand in my library admiring my books.
I finally made my selection on Monday evening. I’ve decided to focus on the short story this week, mainly because it’s my next module at university. Here’s my selection:
The Clothes They Stood Up In – Alan Bennett
Bark – Lorrie Moore
Jigs & Reels – Joanne Harris
What we talk about when we talk about love – Raymond Carver.
As well as the short stories I will also be reading Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, another on my reading list.
Last week I told you I was reading The Bees by Laline Paull. I was really enjoying this book until I went for a run and had a head-on collision with a bee. The poor bee got stuck in the gap between my sunglasses and cap. It got cross and stung me. I’ve never been stung by a bee before. It hurt a lot. After that I stopped reading The Bees for a while. Now my forehead has stopped stinging, I will be resuming my reading this week.
I’ve also decided to select the week’s reading on Sunday evening. That will hopefully prevent any further dithering about which book to read next. I will then blog about it on Monday morning, knowing that I’m happy with my selection.
What are you reading this week? I’d love to hear your choices.