I mentioned in my last Reading Better post that I had been devouring books, reading many of them in a day or two. and I continued that pace into this month. The combination of good books, bad weather, still staying home more than not … I’ve been reading more than just about anything else. Saturday was a perfect case in point. I finished a book on Friday afternoon and had mostly caught up on podcasts by that morning. Marc was playing golf (Sara was in New York!) and I planned to spend some alone time on the porch with Unsettled Ground. I brought my knitting and Nothing to See Here (on audio – available for immediate download, thank you Libby!) along, too. I had been looking forward to reading Unsettled Ground for months. I ordered my copy from Blackwells as soon as the Women’s Prize shortlist was announced so I could have that gorgeous UK cover. and then I read all the other short list titles (except Transcendent Kingdom) AND all of Claire Fuller’s backlist … really I was saving this one!
I stopped reading in the early afternoon and texted Katie I was saving the last 100-ish pages for Sunday. I listened to more of Nothing to See Here and finished it (it’s a short book). Marc was watching the US Open and Sara wasn’t going to be home for a few more hours. I decided to just read a little more. and then I was done.
I LOVED the book. but wow. I’d waited so long to read it and I was sorry to be finished with it in A DAY (I’ll for sure re-read it before our Read With Us discussion in September).
For sure, I didn’t want my experience with Transcendent Kingdom to be the same … I wanted this one to last … at least a little longer. I started it Monday. and right now I’m barely past page 100.The restraint is challenging for sure … and now I can remember this as the week I read the book, instead of the day I did.
Of course I haven’t been reading less – if anything, keeping myself entertained while not reading one book has simply made me start a few more. Yesterday – while not reading! – I updated my Goodreads queue. Here’s what I’m currently reading
and what I’ve added to my TBR None of these books were even on my radar when I shared that “what I’ll read to finish my Bingo card” list (just 12 days ago!) … all thanks to Sara at Fiction Matters and mostly this month’s Patreon Bibliobrunch (a monthly Zoom call for members to share current reads and recommendations). I took careful notes and limited my selections to ones that were made and co-signed by readers with similar tastes – and those that were available at the library. The two on the left and the two on the right are downloaded/checked out and ready to go. The two in the middle were treats from bookshop.org’s free shipping during Amazon Prime.
Sara published a fantastic backlist summer reading guide on her blog last weekend. All the books are available in paperback, which means short – if any – library hold times. Nothing to See Here, My Ex-Life, and The Golden Cage are all titles from her guide. and I enjoyed/am enjoying all of them.
I am not necessarily taking my time with audiobooks – or the knitting! The sweater shown above has grown considerably since Saturday – and it’s about 2″ longer now.
Clearly I have some “balance” issues here. I started reading more words on the page to slow down my knitting 🙂
What was the last book you purposely read slowly, to savor?