Books hold treasures! Treasures are discovered by a commitment to seek them.Diane Challenor, editor, Artuccino
My CURRENTLY READING LIST can often have more than five books on it, these are the books that I’ve committed myself to read in the near future, the ones I’ve “cracked open”, not to be confused with my TO-BE-READ LIST (TBR), nor my BOOKS OWNED AND NOT READ YET LIST. For me, there’s no point in listing more than five books on a CURRENTLY READING LIST (although I often do); attempting to read too many books within the same time-span dissipates continuity particularly if you are reading mysteries, or bibliomemoirs, or slow-travel memoirs. Listing my books is my way of keeping some semblance of order over my reading goals. It’s important to me that I don’t forget the books I’ve purchased. eBooks and audiobooks are easily forgotten because they aren’t visible on a bookshelf.
My reading may include an eBook, or printed book, during the day, and an audiobook through the night; it all depends entirely on my mood and my concentration levels. I need a set of choices to accommodate my quirky reading muscle, hence the need for more than one book on my currently reading list. My lists are invaluable to me because they ensure I make achievable reading goals and get my priorities in order.
Some books designated as “currently-reading” books will eventually be shelved or abandoned altogether. When I get overwhelmed by my reading goals, some of the books become victims, and I “clear the decks”, shelving some and abandoning others, leaving one or two on my list that are “calling to me”. Abandoning a book, or shelving it, is no reflection on the quality of the book, it’s more a reflection on my over enthusiastic desire to read every book that intrigues me.
My CURRENTLY READING LIST for May 2018, contains a ridiculously unattainable reading goal. I’ve listed them below this paragraph. The list represents a personal reflection on my over-commitment. I assure myself that sanity will prevail and I’ll eventually cull them down to a manageable level, soon. I’ve added a few extra notes to the book’s listing, indicating its fate after I gave it a careful culling.
- Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill (read twice, last reading finished in December 2018 – it’s one of my all time favourites). I’ve written about “Howard’s End is on the Landing” and it’s sequel, Jacobs Room is Full of Books, in a blog …
- To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface by Olivia Laing (taking my time with this one. It’s still on my side table at 60% read, in December 2018) I’ve mentioned “To the River” in my blog about Nature Writing
- H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald (Shelved at 50% read, because it was a bit grim for my current mood. Mr Artuccino has it on his side table, and he’s keen to give it a go.) I’ve mentioned “H if for Hawk” in a blog about Nature Writing …
- A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor (I shelved this one at about 80% read. I listened to it via an Audiobook, but I got bored with it; it was just a bit too dated for me and and a little too “toff” British for me.)
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- Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes (Sir John Appleby Mysteries, Book 1- Published 1936. Read more about this famous fictional Detective at Wikipedia) (I shelved this one after reading the first couple of chapters because I have too many books “open”, and I put it aside to read at another time.) Buy the book from Amazon.com.au
- The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas by Paul Theroux (I shelved this Audiobook, for the moment, after listening to the first few chapters. It’s been put aside to listen to at another time.) Buy the book at Amazon.com.au
- The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson (Shelved, and added to my Books Owned Not Read Yet List.) Buy the book at Amazon.com.au
- Society and Solitude by Ralph Waldo Emerson (What was I thinking when I put this book on my list, I shelved it within days of listing it here — I’ve actually abandoned it, but because it’s a classic, I shelved it with respect.) Buy the book from Amazon.com.au
- First Prize – Chess Hanrahan Series, by Edward Cline (Read twice, because I couldn’t remember the story from my first reading of the book, several years ago. The opening chapter is intriguing, and I just had to know what happened.) I gave it four stars on GoodReads meaning I really like it! Read more about it on GoodReads or buy the book at Amazon.com.au