I took this photo on March 31. These are books written by friends of mine – either in real life or through social media. I’m still only halfway through the pile.
But while reading is a simple pleasure, choosing what to read and when to read it, is not.
The biggest consideration is “what do I feel like reading”?
Comedy or drama? Short stories or a novel?
Memoir? Sometimes. Non-fiction? Rarely.
Historical fiction? Only if it’s really, really good.
I also write reviews of novels and short stories for Main Street Rag, so I have to get through those on deadline. And then a new book I have on hold at the library becomes available and I have to read it within two weeks.
Oh, and then there is the New Yorker, which I receive every week and which takes precedence over all other reading material.
The current issue has a new story by Haruki Murakami. I have delayed reading it so I can keep enjoying the anticipation.
- Muse Unexpected, by V.C. Birlidis (novel)
- Ark, by Jesse Miller (novel)
- PKgrrl, by Wm. Anthony Connolly (novel)
Books for Review
- Larrisa Takes Flight, by Teresa Milbrodt (linked stories)
- Cairo, by Louis Armand (novel)
- Over the Line, by David Lloyd (novel)
- Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart (memoir) – currently reading
Still to Read
- Prison Baby, by Deborah Jiang Stein (memoir) – currently reading
- Praying Drunk, by Kyle Minor (stories)
- Blood a Cold Blue, by James Claffey (stories)
- Mystick Krewe of Swan Songs, by Darlene Olivio (novel)
- The Era of Not Quite, by Douglas Watson (stories)