I took a little time to revisit my blog posts from the last ten weeks, and after tallying can say I did in fact read 10 books in 10 weeks. Yahoo!
I wasn’t sure since there were several I picked up and put down since we began ten weeks ago. I even read an 11th book while house sitting in Sacramento for fellow reader K8 — the first volume of Transmetropolitan. It was a re-read for me, but a great way to spend a few hours on a late summer afternoon.
I enjoyed the flexibility I gave myself this go-around. Starting without a list sometimes left me scrambling to finish a book each week, which sometimes meant grabbing something shorter or more visual, but there should be room for such reads, too. I don’t like the notion of something “not counting” because it’s not long enough, or complex enough, or whatever other hurdle I’m supposed to cross– this realization is very freeing. It meant reading Marianne Moore over the course of a Sunday in a forest of sequoias, and spending time with Valley Fever after settling back in to the Central Valley Bloch’s poetics surround.
And yet I did finish The Golden Notebook, which was an important goal for myself– a challenging and dense, complex novel but certainly worth the time investment. I enjoy wrestling with long novels– it works a totally different part of my brain, but it takes a good one to keep me moving through it. TGN took about 200 pages before I felt like I “wanted” to read it.
I was surprised at some of the discoveries I made– not having a list or a stack gave me freedom to pull from little free libraries on lawns while traveling, which brought me the wonderful book written by a collection of children’s illustrators.
Overall, I must say that after doing this a few times around, I think I’m getting the hang of it. It is a total joy to read all of the other posts here to sustain my reading, but also to learn and explore with everyone here. I have a never-ending book queue that grows with every session! I love our diversity of reading and the freedom we all embrace here.
Thanks again for another great summer of reading together!