One of my bad habits is collecting too many books to read at once. From what I understand of the bookish community, this is not uncommon. In a world full of books, from classics to smut to modern award-winners, there are just too many to read in a lifetime. And so, here are the six books currently weighing down my reading list.
Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner
This book was also featured in my last book post. I’m slowly yet surely meandering my way through Faulkner’s first novel, a story centered around the life of a World War I veteran, immediately following his discharge. This has been on my list for over a year and, since I own it, I’ve been taking my time (by which I mean, I keep abandoning it and coming back later).
City of Dreams: The 400 Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder
According to Amazon, this book is 768 pages. Considering it covers 400 years, I can’t be too surprised, but it does mean that it’s already overdue at the library and I’m only through 25%. Regardless of whether or not I finish it now, or give up and return later, the history of New York is one I didn’t expect to find so fascinating. Where I am in the book, Anbinder has been discussing the Civil War and its effect on the immigrant population of New York City, particularly the Irish, whose interest in the war lay primarily in preserving the Union, rather than abolishing slavery. Lovely.
Frostblood by Elly Blake
Frostblood, as you can probably tell from the title, is an outlier in my current list of books. I saw an advertisement for it somewhere and requested it from the library on a whim. During my pubescent years I was a big fan of fluffy, fantasy novels that, for the most part, were the same plot over and over again but with varying mythological creatures and/or settings. Frostblood is, pardon the pun, in the same vein. It’s a fantasy novel set in yet another made up world and is a just another drop in the bucket when it comes to YA. My thought process for reading it was to relax and allow myself to read something with a shallow plot, but for most of it I can’t help rolling my eyes.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
I chose this book as it just won the Man Booker Prize, but also because the plot is interesting, to say the least. A teaser from its Amazon page: “A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.”
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham
When the Gilmore Girls revival was announced, my interest was piqued, but I was not particularly excited. I’d tried rewatching the show but realized I was no longer interested in hearing about someone else’s shitty high school experience, presumably because mine is behind me. In any case, I dutifully watched the revival when it was released on Netflix. I did not enjoy it. Lauren Graham is not an actress I follow, but I hate Lorelai less than I hate Rory, and what better reason is there to read a book?
Always Happy Hour: Stories by Mary Miller
This is another book I saw in an advertisement, so call me a blind consumer. From Amazon: “Acerbic and ruefully funny, Always Happy Hour weaves tales of young women―deeply flawed and intensely real―who struggle to get out of their own way. They love to drink and have sex; they make bad decisions with men who either love them too much or too little; and they haunt a Southern terrain of gas stations, public pools, and dive bars. Though each character shoulders the weight of her own baggage―whether it’s a string of horrible exes, a boyfriend with an annoying child, or an inability to be genuinely happy for a best friend―they are united in their unrelenting suspicion that they deserve better.”
Bonus: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Another Netflix series on my radar is A Series of Unfortunate Events. While watching the first episode, I realized I don’t remember a single thing that happened in the books. Lucky for me, however, my mom found the box in which I’d packed my hardcover set. I own 11 out of 13, but, considering it will probably take me that many years to reread them, I’ll figure out how to get my hands on the last two.
What’s on your reading list?