Decisions, decisions, decisions….
When you have children in primary school, Christmas certainly comes to town early. We are currently in the throes of Christmas concerts, school plays and Christmas parties and I am well and truly exhausted.
However, once school’s out, I’ll loosen up and be done with all the ‘bah humbug!’, but while it’s still hectic I’m comforting myself by making reading plans to see me over the festive season and into the New Year. I’m also looking forward to a fabulous week of sunshine in Lanzarote after Christmas. My son will be back from college, and my parents are coming too, so it’ll be a wonderful multi-generational shindig in the sun – I can’t wait. But what to pack to read?
Before I can start thinking about diving into new shiny novels and picking holiday reads I need to clear the decks, or at least factor in the longer books I’ve only half finished. ‘Little Dorrit’ is nearly done, but I still have a way to go on both Proust’s ‘The Shadow Of Young Girls in Flower’ and David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’. I’m really enjoying both and have no desire to rush them, but they tend to get neglected in favour of new titles. It’s a shame, as I find it incredibly rewarding when I do read them. I find poly-reading so hard to manage but in the New Year I intend to suss out a more workable reading structure.
So, on to the new books. My December book group book is Anne Tyler’s ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’, so that’s right at the top of my ‘to read’ pile. I’ve got an Elizabeth Taylor novel – ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ on loan from the library, which I may or may not get time to fit in before we go away. My main holiday read will be ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which I started as it was a book group choice earlier in the year but didn’t get very far due to blog reading. I also had a cheeky ebay splurge a few days ago, and am awaiting delivery of a couple of secondhand Josephine Teys – ‘The Franchise Affair’ and A Shilling for Candles’, so I’ll also take one or both of those away with me as back up. Ah bliss!