These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. -Gilbert Highet, writer (1906-1978)
I used to have a rule: read only one book at a time before starting another.
That rule seems to have disappeared in the past few years, and I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.
Currently, I have the following books in process:
The Ladies’ Lending Library by Janice Kulyk Keefer
When God Winks at You by Squire Rushnell
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
Additionally, I try to grab short peeks from the following that also occupy space on the nightstand:
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Love Poems From God – Daniel Ladinsky
Heartland Portrait, edited by Robert Wolf
In recent months I’ve read Dust by Martha Grimes, The Earth Abides by Iowa writer Betty Taylor, two books by Sarah Addison Allen: Garden Spells and Sugar Queen, Death Penalty by Wm. J. Coughlin (deceased), The Devil’s Code by John Sanford, The Egg Lady by Tricia Curans-Sheehan, Hypnotizing Maria by Richard Bach, three mysteries by Margaret Truman, ANAM CARA by John O’Donohue and a tea-room mystery by Laura Childs—to name a few.
I enjoy reading the daily newspaper, although sometimes that comes in one long session on the weekend. Never mind the number of magazines that I subscribe to . . . or the on-line reading/research that I do.
If you’re going to write, you gotta’ read, and finding the balance is The On-going Challenge. Reading other people’s work is the best writing class around.
In the New Year I’m going to attempt to get back to my initial rule of reading one book start to finish, before picking up another one. I think that will better serve both enjoyment and absorption levels.