This week’s question from the Crazy-for-Books blog hop is…what I’m reading, right now. Right now I’m not reading anything, I’m writing a blog post.
At some point today when I finish this blog post, I will again be reading. Before I met my lovely husband, I was strictly a one book at a time kind of person. The idea of starting a new book before I had finished one was just kind of horrifying to me. I’ll confess that I’m also one of those people who has to eat all of each thing off of her plate before I can move on to the next thing, i.e. I have to eat all the green beans before I can move onto to the mashed potatoes (and usually I save the thing I like the most for last). There is probably a page in the DSM for this condition.
In my new life, I have several books going at a time. So, for several months I’ve been reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. This is my comforting, meditative, last thing I read before bed book, which is part of my Happiness Project. There are some books you just shouldn’t read right before bed…like Room, for example.
Then I often have something kind of fun and relatively meaningless going. Right now it’s Elizabeth Peters’ second Amelia Peabody book, Curse of the Pharoahs. That’s just for fun, and to pick up when I’ve read something so weighty that it’s completely mushed my brain or caused some disturbance, like Room.
Last night I started As Always, Julia, which is a book of letters written from Julia Child to Avis DeMoto (and vice versa). I think I might have to start something else today, because As Always might be something to slowly meander through, and sometimes you need that book that pulls you through in two days (like Room just did) That book might be So Cold the River which is on hold at my local library for me (I love my local library), though a friend is also lending me Winter’s Bone, the novel upon which the movie is based today, so it could be a toss-up.
That answer turned out a lot longer than I thought it would. What are you reading and why?