Monday, April 9, 2007

Sarah (Loose Baggy Monster): Reading Update

I have not dropped off the face of the earth, but I have done a woefully pitiful job keeping up with my reading. As an update, however, I can say that I've removed a couple of books from my list (due to consistently mediocre reviews and my own growing disinterest--particularly re: Pynchon's Against the Day and Shteyngart's Absurdistan), but I might add a few based on the reviews I've read here (particularly Black Swan Green). I think I was cluttering my mind with too many library books, which made me feel like I had to read them all at once; the general result was that I read absolutely nothing! So I'm going to try a different tactic and turn to those books on my own shelves--perhaps less pressure means I will get more done. I'll try to get a chapter or two in every night and hopefully I'll have another review to post in the near future!

Here are the books I'm going to tackle ASAP in no particular order:
  1. The Dream Life of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin
  2. The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
  3. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  4. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  5. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
I've tried all of these at least once before being sidetracked, but I'm writing this post with the idea it might make me a little more accountable for my reading. So hopefully I'll be back with a review of one of these books in the near future....

1 comment:

Wendy said...

Sounds like a good plan of action, Sarah!

That's a good thing about this don't have to stick with a book you *thought* you wanted to read if now it doesn't seem like the book for you. Black Swan Green is so wonderful...I think you'd like it; and it goes pretty quickly once you get started.

Keep us posted :)