Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Reading conundrum

I have a habit of reading multiple books at once, and also of going in spurts, where I'll read only newspapers and magazines and the web, but then realize I'm missing out on lots of good books, and start attempting to devour them again. Problem is, I'm a slow reader and can be easily distracted. Plus, I reserve library books online, never quite knowing when it'll be my turn to get them. So it is for these reasons that I find myself in the following predicament: I have now started reading five different books — two nonfiction, three fiction — but am nowhere near finishing any of them, not to mention I have another thick fiction book out from the library. I've been trying to focus on finishing the other shorter library novel, but I've gotten 100 pages in and I'm wondering if the story's going to start getting more interesting or not. So instead of just slogging through this novel, I'm at another crossroads where I feel I might want to put it down for the longer library novel. Grrr. Why can't I finish what I start? The books in my perplexing pile are: I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe, The Modern Library Writer's Workshop, Adverbs by Daniel Handler, Love in the Time of Cholera by Garcia Marquez, The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs, and Spilling Clarence by Anne Ursu — the last of which I'm carrying around with me, and the first of which I haven't started yet.

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