reading update

I have somehow managed to re-read all of the Harry Potter books (well, half-way through the seventh) so I guess my reading mojo is back? I’m not going to review all of them but will write up something about the experience of reading all the books in a row.

I’m finishing up Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and The Princess and Curdie. I am definitely on a re-reading kick; I plan to continue on that path for awhile. I think I’m ready for an adult book here pretty soon. I have no reading plans. I have no idea what to read next. I have a Dickens on audio (Oliver Twist) but I don’t know if I’m up for that quite yet (it’s good, but so wordy… I almost think I’d prefer the printed word on this one.) I think after work sometime this week I’ll go to the library and do some serious looking in the fiction stacks for something enticing.

Isn’t it funny how sometimes you can go on a streak and everything you read is fantastic, and then sometimes, you just stumble for months. I may go way back and read something like The Shell Seekers or another old favorite.

Favorite re-reads, anyone? Books you come back to over and over?

I’ve abandoned so many books in the past three months. Seriously, at least 10 or 15 abandoned books. Started, maybe a chapter or two read, and then ditched. I almost never do this. I have little sad lonely books all over the bedroom, with a bookmark barely indenting the pages. My library record shows an incredible amount of books checked out and then returned with their spines barely cracked.

Oh well.

More progress: I’ve been making my way through many of my New York Review of Books issues. Long articles (but not as long as a book), and I get to feel somewhat brainy while reading them. Bonus!

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2012 Reading Plan

I have a feeling this year is going to be busy for lots of reasons. I’m not going to set a reading goal this year, but I’m going to follow Stefanie’s lead and list some authors I’d like to read this year. I’d like to add more classics to my brain. So let’s see…

  • I do love Jane Austen and it’s been awhile. I might have to read Persuasion along with Stef.
  • After reading Drood, I really want to read a Dickens. I read Wilkie Collins last year — it’s time to give the other side a turn. Which one? Everyone loves Bleak House… I do love Great Expectations but there’s so many good ones to choose from. Next holiday season I’ll try to read A Christmas Carol.
  • John Steinbeck. I haven’t read any in a very long time. I have always loved Steinbeck; I don’t think I read Cannery Row. Maybe I’ll try that.
  • Henry James: I really want to read his collected Ghost Stories but it’s hard to find. I might have to buy this one.
  • Something by Iris Murdoch.
  • Some more Charles de Lint.
  • Some Ray Bradbury.
  • Another from the very very great Kurt Vonnegut.

Apart from that, let’s just see what goodness the library brings. If I can ever get through another book, that is.