So I’d like to try reading a lot more slowly – read a book twice maybe. I’m tired of trying to read every book that every group reads and comment intelligently. I’m not going to drop more than 1 group where I’m not interested anyway. I’m going to continue reading with the All-Nonfiction group (all books) and the BookGroup List, Booker Group, 21st Century and the 20th Century when I’m interested – usually. I think this might drop my stats from 14 or so a month to 8 or 10 a month. That’s fine.
What prompted this decision was rereading Snowdrops by A.D. Miller and loving it – realizing that I’d missed most of this subtle romance with Russia stuff on my first reading – I was so busy looking for a thriller plot line. Rather it’s a very subtle book, driven by character and setting. Meanwhile, there’s another book I read a bit too fast, The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen – I also want to read that again. (See the blurbs below with links to reviews.) And there’s no time at all for simple self-chosen books like From Eternity to Here by Sean Carroll.