Don’t you hate it when, in your quest to find “something good to read,” you were able to amass a small pile of interesting books, and now you don’t know where to start?
The only solution of course, is to read a little bit from every book to see which would grab my attention first, then go from there.
Based on their first few pages/chapters, the order I’ll be reading them are:
- The Pilgrimage (Paulo Coelho) – I’m just about done with this.
- The Cave (Jose Saramago) – I’m a bit more used to Saramago’s writing style now, thanks to Death with Interruptions.
- Brighton Rock (Graham Greene)
- Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) – Would make a nice weekend / short vacation read.
- Oscar and Lucinda (Peter Carey) – I’ve actually read more than a few chapters already, but I’m finding it a bit dragging because the pace of the plot is a bit slow. And considering that it’s not exactly a short novel, I’ve decided to read it after I’ve finished Brighton Rock and Orient Express, since both are shorter.
- Tom Jones (Henry Fielding) – Again, because it’s massive (the copy I have is over 800 pages long), I’m putting this off til I’ve read the shorter ones on that pile.
- The Mill on the Floss (George Eliot) – This is a bit iffy…I might not want to read this right after I read Tom Jones, but, who knows. Also I think I want to read Daniel Deronda first.
This should take me through June and July, possibly August, if I don’t get distracted by other books not on this pile (and I’m sure I will).