Four Shame

I’m almost ashamed to tell you guys this, but if I can’t come clean to my three blog readers, then to whom can I come clean?  (Grammar.  Embrace it.  Fear it.)

I’ve been a bad reader.  I’ve been flighty and flaky.  I’ve become… a bookslut.  (Ahem, Mom, that just means I have lots of books on the go, not that I’ve been reading D.H. Lawrence or flirting with male librarians.  I swear I haven’t flirted with a librarian since college.)  After an incredibly focused month of book monogamy in October, I currently have FOUR… count ’em, 1, 2, 3, FOUR… books on the go.  And I’m beginning to despair of ever finishing any of them.

Here’s what I’m reading now…

As Always, Julia – Loving this collection of letters between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.  I started it before England and have been enjoying every minute.  If only I could stop getting distracted by new shiny books.

Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf – Started in London, still plodding along.  Would really love it if I didn’t keep wandering away.

The Lantern, by Deborah Lawrenson – Waited several months for my turn to take this new release out of the library.  It’s one of the new shiny books that’s distracted me from the above.  Bad Jac.  Like I said, flakey.

The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton – Chalk this one up to my apparent A.D.D.  I was reading Night and Day in London and thought, “When I get back to the Colonies and finish this up, I think I’ll be in the mood for some Edith Wharton.”  (Yes, I really think these thoughts.  Yes, I am super cool and have tons of friends.  Thank you for asking.)  So I got back to the Colonies all right, but I couldn’t wait until I finished Night and Day to dive into The Age of Innocence.  I was just too excited.  This despite the fact that I’ve had The Age of Innocence on my bookshelf for, literally, YEARS, and never even blinked at it before.  I guess I needed to be deep into a book about London in order to care about Old New York.  This is the twisted way my mind works, people.

What to do, what to do?  I know one thing’s for sure: I cannot, repeat, cannot, start any new books or I might not actually finish anything this month.  Hold me to this, people.  No.  New.  Books.  Until I finish all four of these.  Or until my other current library book (The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair) is due back.  I got that one off the waiting list too and can’t return it.  I like to live on the edge.  But seriously, guys, I need you to hold me accountable.  If you see me with a book in my hand, and it’s NOT one of the above, please take it gently out of my hands and then punch me in the face.  Thanks.  I’m counting on you.

5 thoughts on “Four Shame

  1. WOW, how do you keep track of what’s going on in each of them? 😉 I’ve always envied people who can read 2+ books at a time. I’ve tried reading two at a time and honestly just can’t keep track of both story lines.
    I think the important question is…are you enjoying all four? Or are you putting off finishing them? I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with not finishing a book so if one of them is dragging the other four down then maybe take a break from that one and reconsider it later on?
    Happy reading! 🙂

    • Haha, I have no idea how I was keeping track of each storyline! LOL. However, and thank goodness, I actually finished The Lantern last night and am now about 70 pages from finishing As Always, Julia. So things are looking up. The one that was getting lost in the shuffle was Night and Day and hopefully I’ll have some time for that after I whittle down the currently-reading list. I’m normally not someone who has more than 2 books going at any time (usually I have a paper book on the nightstand at home and take my Nook with me on my commute) so it was stressing me out a bit! Once I’m back down to 2 books – hopefully today! – I think I’ll be less angsty!

    • I usually have two going (one for the commute, and a big fat book at home) but four was excessive even for me! Public humiliation apparently works, though, because after I posted on Friday I spent most of the weekend reading and knocked off three of the four books, including As Always, Julia. You’re so right – what fun to peek into Julia’s and Avis’s lives and friendship! It reminded me of when I used to have penpals and made me a bit sad that emails have replaced letters. I’m working on a post on the lost art of letter-writing, inspired by Julia and Avis… and kind of hoping to get a penpal out of it. 🙂

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