This weekend’s topic:
A reading predicament
I’m the type of reader who reads multiple books at once. I think that’s because I’m a mood reader. Usually I’ll reader two or three books at once and hop from book to book according to the shifts in my mood. But if a story hooks me, I’ll stick with that book the majority of the time.
Not only do I choose books that fit my mood, I also choose books that balance well with each other. If I pick up a light read, meaning something quick and entertaining, then I’ll balance it with a novel that is moderately heavy, meaning it’s a fairly quick read that might require some close reading. It’s the same vice versa; I usually pair a moderate book with a light one, or two light ones and two moderate ones. However if a book is a heavy read, meaning it’s either slow or contains a wealth of details and requires my full attention, then I’ll either read it alone, if I enjoy it, or pair it with a lighter read.
Why do I mention all this? Because my current reading predicament is driving me toward a reading slump. I’m currently reading a heavy book — The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins — with a moderate one — Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson — and am supposed to have started another heavy one — The Histories by Herodotus — at the beginning of this month but I can feel my enthusiasm to read waning. It’s too much heavy lifting at once and I’m not in the mood to pay close attention to what I’m reading. I want something light and fun. Something I can easily keep up with. However, I also want to complete, or at least make some progress, in these books I’ve started. What to do?
I’ve considered starting another book, a light one, something I’ve read before — Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It’s something I’m sure to enjoy and don’t have to pay close attention to since it’s a reread; but I’m not sure if I really want to start a new novel. I’ve also considered reading a couple comics because they are quick, but I’m not feeling that idea either. I could just give up on one or all the books I’m currently reading, but The Last Days of Magic has picked up some and now I’m curious to know how it ends. Though the short stories in Let Me Tell You aren’t captivating, I’m curious about Shirley Jackson so I’d like to continue reading until I get to the part where she discusses her writing progress. And I just really want to read The Histories. So giving up is not an option but I’d REALLY like to be done with these books, or just The Last of Days of Magic. I’ve been reading it since February and as interesting as the story is, the wealth of facts are turning me off.
I guess I’ll just have to keep pushing on and see what happens.
Here’s what I might read this weekend:
I might read from one or all of these this weekend. I’d like to make some progress in the books I’ve started but I also want to read something light and quick so I might go with either Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or The Witches of East End, which I hope is way better than the TV show.