I have a serious habit of starting a book and not finishing it. Of the ones I was able to keep track of, the current total is 49 unfinished ones. The others are buried deep in my shelves and only a major visit of these places would enable me to count just exactly how many needs to be finished. I long stopped thinking of it as a problem simply because it is not. I blogged about it almost four years ago and let me lift something from it that makes me feel okay about all of this:
Friends say that I suffer from a short attention span, but exactly the opposite is true. I do not stop reading books because I lose interest in them; if anything, I have too long an attention span, one that allows me to read dozens of books simultaneously without losing interest in any of them. Moreover, I have an excellent memory that allows me to suspend reading, pick up a book six months later, and not miss a beat.
Seven books out of 49 are within my reach. Meaning, they are in my bag/s, bedside table, and tiny reading space beside my laptop (hence always easy to see). I promised myself I will finish them if only to finally give them a rest and give the others a try. Here are the lucky ones in my immediate reading block:
- Audition by Barbara Walters – page 420 of 587
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan – page 200 of 361
- Rose Madder by Stephen King – page 106 of 479
- In the Presence of the Enemy by Elizabeth George – page 90 of 623
- Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes by Mark J. Penn – page 64 of 586
- The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan – page 23 of 532
- The Women’s Room by Marilyn French – page 19 of 687
In a month, check my book page if you are curious to know which of them are already finished.
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Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon – If you are a Percy Jackson fan, you will like this short story by Rick Riordan set during a capture-the-flag competition where Percy and his friends had to battle the Myrmekes with the aid of…yes, a bronze dragon.
I loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and if you want to read a commentary on her next book, Committed, here’s a Salon.com article about it. Quite spoilery.
I began loving steampunk while watching episodes of Warehouse 13. Steampunk has been going on for years, and here’s a worthy article that asks, “What do we talk about when we talk about steampunk?”
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So, what about you? What are you reading?