I am definitely a person who lives my life in phases. As a child and teenager I would go through weeks wanting the same food every day. Even today, I will listen to one band for days on end, or have one outfit I want to wear every weekend. This applies to my reading too.
If I read a good book about, say, Afghanistan (see last post) I then want to read all the books about Afghanistan. I find it hard to settle into a book on another subject as I just can’t care in quite the same way (sorry, ‘The Interestings’, it’s true – I struggled even to remember the title just now).
But that causes a problem when you blog about books. Because I am just not sure, you, readers, want to read read a series of reviews of books about Afghanistan. So I force myself to mix it up (though I did give up on The Interestings, because ironically, it wasn’t very…)
For your information, my reading list, in no particular order is currently:
– The Engagements: a novel about 1940’s America, advertising and diamonds
– The Goldfinch: the new Dona Tartt (ridiculously exciting, though it isn’t out yet) about a boy who loses his mother
– The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul: (oops, how did this slip in here), a novel about a coffee shop in…well… Afghanistan
– The Affairs of Others: a novel about loss, and rebuilding relationships, set in one apartment building
– Ghana Must Go: the story of a Ghanaian family, struggling to establish a life in America
– Wise Men: a novel about lawyers and race, set from the 1950s to the present day
Any suggestions for topics always welcome (although that doesn’t mean I will actually read them – see ref above – I have no difficulty dropping a book if it bores me. Reading is a hobby, not a chore)