I’m going to try reading several books at the same time. I read multiple books simultaneously sometimes when I can’t get into a particular book, or when I’m undecided as to what to read next, or when several books catch my interest all at once.
I feel less motivated to read this compared to the first two books mainly because it’s so long. It has 1,100+ pages and the longest book in the series so far. Also, though I’m still interested in the lives of the Starks and Lannisters and the lot, I feel I’ve been reading about them too long. I need a change of scenery.
And so, since I’m not totally disinterested in that story, I will just read other books on the side.
Book number 2 is Blindness by Jose Saramago. I picked this book up at a secondhand books bookstore a few months ago and have been saving it for my upcoming trip to Macau. I feel that since Macau was a former Portuguese colony, and Jose Saramago is Portuguese, Blindness would be the perfect book to bring along.
Third book – Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri. I’ve always wanted to read this, but never really got around to it until this weekend when it caught my eye as I was looking through my bookcase. A few weeks ago I also got a handbound 1st edition copy of her latest book Unaccustomed Earth at a used books bookstore.
So far I’ve read 3 of the 9 stories in Interpreter of Maladies.
Those 4 are just some of the books I’m actually reading. There are more books on my “to read” list. I have some newly acquired books I want to read soon-ish:
- A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
- The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
- etc., etc., etc.,…..
I wish I was a speed reader so I could read a book a day; then I wouldn’t have to wait so long before starting on a new book. *sigh*