Tuesday, October 30, 2007


It's been too long since I've written anything. I'm still reading- of course! I just got a copy of Chatter, by Perrin Ireland, through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. The book came out on October 23 so it's not a pre-pub anymore but I'll have the review by early next week. In the mean time I've put my Bookmooch account on vacation, took it off to get a book I really want to read and got a bunch of new requests that I have to send out.

My problem right now is the way the books are piling up. I have books to read for work, books to read to review, and books I just want to read. Where to begin? After Chatter I want to read The Gathering, the new Man Booker winner, and then Signed, Mata Hari, coming out mid-November. And that's just for the blog in the short term. For work, I have three or four Isaac Bashevis Singer books lined up and Mr. Mani by A.B. Yehoshua; and for me, The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson, Gestures by H.S. Bhabra, the rest of the Love Hina manga series, American Born Chinese, a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, and others. And then there are those big books- Middlemarch, The Golden Notebook, and (shudder) War and Peace. Those are going to take forever. In the words of Rankin/Bass, "Just put one foot in front of the other..."

Lucky (?) for me, I found out the other day that I'm about to be substantially less employed than I have been. Not unemployed. I haven't been sacked or anything; I've just been re-purposed. I'm done cataloging a medium-sized collection of adult Judaica and I'm going to be working in the Hebrew school children's library starting next week. So I'll have more free time for reading! And a whole new genre to master. Well, one thing you can say about me is that I'm always up for a challenge.

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with all the books sitting next to your chair?

1 comment:

Imp Reader said...

I know just what you mean, Marie. I've been trying forever to finish Vernor Vinge's Rainbow's End, which just won the Hugo Award. And I have to admit that reading The Golden Notebook is taking awhile. I'd advise you to just go ahead with The Gathering, which is what I did. It's a quick read. My review (with no spoilers) is up at my Impatient Reader website here if you're at all curious: http://www.impatientreader.com/html/gathering.html. Good luck with your reading and your new job assignment! K. at Imp Reader