My goal on Goodreads is 52 books this year. Or a book a week. Of course that only counts new books so I have read like 5 more than the 15 of 52 books I have read so far in the reading challenge on Goodreads.
But, there are so, so many more I start.
My friend at work who just found a new job, said she used to read 8 books a week. I don’t think I have ever come close to that.
And right now there are two I really want to finish. “The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic” by Ginger Strand about Kurt Vonnegut and his brother Bernard Vonnegut at General Electric in Schenectady in the 1940s and 1950s. I really didn’t start it until it was almost due and got through about two thirds of it, but last week since I went to Portland, Maine has been much, much more about gaming. I have about 90 pages left from page 122-212. I started in the beginning and didn’t get going and then read starting with Chapter 10 and really enjoyed it. I guess I have read the ending but I am so close. It’s now 2 weeks late to the library and I am going into the woods so it’s going back to the library tomorrow. I also borrowed in through Biblio CT, so it’s a book from the Plumb Memorial Library in Shelton, CT a couple towns away. That makes me want to finish it more.
The other one I think I can really, really easily get back to. Bill Bryson’s “The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain.” I am on page 285 of 376, and I can just go back 5 pages to the beginning of Chapter 20 Wales. It’s a rambling travelogue. Although, it could be well argued much, much more about England than Britain. It’s a definite pleasure to read, but back it goes I think. I really don’t want to take library books to Rites of Spring. I bring so, so much stuff as it is.
And there are so many I just start bits and pieces off. Poetry is especially easy to just read a few poems at random. Sometimes there is a lot of joy in that.
A couple weeks ago when I had a nice bump of reading including these two books I wrote a post with 6 books I was reading outside. I really often do what more than one book. It gets silly when I am trudging along 2 hardcovers through Portland, Maine and I really don’t open either of them. Sometimes, I think I should realize I always have reading material on the Kindle and my cell phone. The Kindle especially has saved many backs. It has also decreased a lot of bibliophiles having a ridiculous amount of books on hand.
Both books are also new so will probably both circulate quite well when I bring them back tomorrow.
Anyone else someone who often stops reading books? The library can be a cause, but I do it with plenty of books I own too.