Without much planning, this year, my reading is taking very good shape. Maybe I made a good move the moment I looked at my own shelves, thought about the challenges out there that fit myself as a reader, and committed to being patient when adding to my current pile.
Now I want to add some titles to my pile, but I want to do it slowly. I’ve also decided the additions need to include new authors. And specially, new authors with whom I can have some connection through a friend’s review, for example. At my ongoing reading log, I’ve started to record books I want to buy. That’s where I’m keeping track of those books. This way I don’t feel it has to be now or never, but the titles can stay there for a while, and once I’m ready, I can see if my choices are still relevant, and choose from them.
My first book buy this year was Farewell to Spain. I saw it at her blog, and I knew I had to read it. Being from Madrid by birth, and now a Texan, I jump into opportunities like this to read about my country, specially at the time of our civil war, (1936 – 1939).
That’s a new ‘old’ author. Same as Kierkegaard, and Muriel Spark. New to me, but not living authors. I have lots of those ‘new to me’ authors. There’s so many great books to read, specially classics. The new and living authors that I want to give a chance, and I want to try are these:
- Cath Barton: The Plankton Collector
- Entanglement, Katy Mahood
I know a few friends, two through the Internet and through FB, another is the son of a real life friend, and they all are trying to publish their books. I’d love buying them and reading them when they get published. They are Lisa, with her Amberleight novels, my friend’s son who wrote The Dimensions, and Amy, who writes here.
The list is small so far. If you have published a book, or know someone who has done so, feel free to leave a comment with the title and some information. I’d love to hear about poetry books too.