I’m doomed. In my last post I wrote about how I couldn’t decide what to read next, whether to tackle the books on the tbr shelf, listen to a couple of Audible books or just go ahead and read some September selections for my reading groups.
I tried – I’m listening to the Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) and it’s pretty good. But I can only listen so long at a time, I need a print book going, too. So looking around I see I’m reading Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 but that’s a long term project – it takes some focus. And I tried rereading To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf – for a group) but it was sooo slow this time. I loved it the last time I read it. Next, I checked ye olde tbr shelf and came up with a Philip Deloria book on Native Americans and DeLillo’s Americana. I just could not get interested in either one.
I went to my Kindle app and read some samples of books on the “Reading Next” list. Oh my – I should go get the car washed. There was a line but this is the best place in town so while I waited I just downloaded The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer. And I started in reviewing what I’d read in the sample and moving on. Yes! Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.
The doom? I’ll be finished in 2 or 3 days – then what? Another book from September? The rule is I’m not supposed to start those until the 15th of the month prior to the month they are scheduled. That’s at least 2 books away. (sigh) And if I do read them, what will I read come August 15? Continue ahead with the September 15th books? Okay and then what? On August 22 I’ll start the October books? See what happens?
The basic problem is that I’m unable to pick out books for myself anymore – the reliance has become on the reading groups. I think I need to check myself into a rehab but they probably woudn’t let me read there.