Just the other night, I was lying in bed, gazing at the stars, and I asked myself: “What the heck happened to the roof?” I am sure you do the same from time to time, because I know you have spent many a sleepless night wondering why I haven’t been spewing book reviews all over the place. It is because I have gotten myself into one of those mobius strips of a reading trail.
As I was telling a friend the other day, I started reading a book which I saw recommended somewhere, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain. Well, it turns out that it is a kabillion pages long. So to break up the German zeitgeist, I thought I would take a break with something shorter and lighter. So I started in on the acclaimed fantasy work, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Turns out that thing is even longer than The Magic Mountain. Sigh. So THEN I decided to fill in with something written back in the late 1800’s by George Gissing, New Grub Street. (Ole George was wildly popular in his day, even if his day was 125 years ago.) Well, that book at least is shorter than the other two, but not by a whole awful much.
So I finally found Brain Twist,(at last, something I could actually FINISH), but although I am reading my little heart out, I am still only halfway through the other three. Buddha only knows when I will come to The End with them, what with the annoying interventions of Real Life and everything.
I have no idea just how many pages these books are. I read on a Kindle, which measures books not by page numbers, but by locations and percent read. A little odd initially, but one soon gets used to that, so I know that a book which is about 4,500 locations is about 350 pages more or less. Maybe. So the books I am involved in are 14,496 and 13,524 locations. Trivia for the thoughtful reader.
Just thought I would let you know that I am aware that you need those ideas for What Book To Read Next or What Book To Add To My TBR List, or What Book to Absolutely Avoid At All Costs, and that I haven’t abandoned reading. Or posting. Or breathing.
I’m still reading. And still looking for something in a reasonable length to leaven the loaf. I have the attention span of a gnat.