My Reading List May 2018

Books hold treasures!
Treasures are discovered by
a commitment to seek them.
Source: Diane Challenor, editor, Artuccino

My “currently-reading” book list can often have more than five books listed, these are the books that I’ve committed myself to read in the near future, the ones I’ve cracked open. My Currently Reading List should not to be confused with my To-Be-Read List (TBR) which is much too long to list here, nor my Books Owned But Not Read Yet List.( It you want to delve into my TBR list, a list that has no end (over 150 books are currently mentioned), you are welcome to peruse it on GoodReads.)

The book titles recorded in my currently reading list, are the ones I choose to read during the day, or listen to through the night, depend entirely on my mood, and my concentration levels. I read books in multiple formats, that is, a mix of printed books, eBooks, and audiobooks. Some of these books will eventually be shelved or abandoned altogether. Every book that I “crack open”, I commit to read at lease 50 pages.  I often overwhelm myself with commitments to books, and when this happens they become victims and I “clear the decks”, shelve some, abandon others, and start all over again.

My currently reading list, set out below, is really a personal reminder for me, but I thought you may find it interesting. The list assists me with keeping track of how many books I’ve committed myself to read, hoping that sanity will prevail and I’ll cull them down to a manageable level. My Currently Reading List ensures the books I’ve chosen don’t gather dust by being forgotten. eBooks in particular are easy to forget, particularly if they are on multiple devices.

Listed below is my reading commitment in May 2018, with comments added in December 2018, regarding my progress:

  • Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill (read twice, last reading finished in December 2018)
  • 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)
  • Fossicking for Old Books by Anthony Marshall (Abandoned, it wasn’t for me.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • Death at the President’s Lodging (Sir John Appleby, #1) Michael Innes (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.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • 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 — it’s really abandoned, but because it’s a classic, I shelved it with respect.)
  • First Prize – Chess Hanrahan Series Book One, 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.)