It’s been a long time since I’ve taken the time to sit around and read. In high school I always had a book. Always. I would read while I walked, while I ate, while a teacher lectured, and any time waiting was involved (for the bank teller, for the train, for an awkward moment to pass, etc.).
In college, I read what was assigned. Afterward, I was busy doing other things. Writing, I think. Working. Playing. Whatever.
More recently, I’ve been fiddling with The Year of Dan Palace, and during that time I’ve stayed away from reading (and I’m not done with DP, yet, but I’m hoping to finish in very, very early 2010). When I finish, I’m reading. Reading, reading, reading. I’ve decided to dedicate two weeks to a reading binge, and after that, when I’m doing something else (like looking for a job), I’ll continue reading. Yes. And so far, these are the books I can’t wait to get to (whether or not they fall into my two-week reading binge, and in no particular order):
A novel by my friend Rob C.
April Fool’s Day by Josip Novakovich
Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger
Threshold by Bonnie Kozek
The Splendor of Antiquity by Cheryl Anne Gardner (and others by Gardner)
Do the Math by Philip Persinger
In the Time of Man by James C. Moore
The American Book of the Dead by Henry Baum
Recollections: A Baby Boomer’s Memories of the Fabulous Fifties by Jim Chambers
600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Hemingway books I ordered from eBay
(A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Hemingway Reader)
What’s on your to-be-read list?