July Book Blowout ~ Update Day 20July 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Books | 4 Comments
Tags: anxiety dreams, reading burnout, reading challenge
Last night I finished The Gargoyle, so I’m officially half way though the number of books I’ve challenged myself to read. I thought Andrew Davidson’s book was inspired and wonderful, but it was so intense in parts that I had trouble reading it. In fact, I had anxiety dream after anxiety dream last night. I think the combination of The i Tetralogy, things going on at my nine-to-five, and the subject matter of The Gargoyle has really just been too much in such a short period of time. I tried to start my next book, Sweetsmoke by David Miller. It looks like a wonderful book. It is the story of a slave who investigates the death of another slave during the Civil War. It’s no slight to the book, but I couldn’t make it past page two. I need a break from anything remotely serious.
If this were a normal month and I wasn’t taking part in this challenge, I would just hold off for a couple days and start Sweetsmoke again. I try to be as fair with my ARCs as I can by reading them in the order in which they were received. I can’t do that and still have a shot at completing my challenge. So, I pulled a chick lit book out of my ARC pile, 37 by Maria Beaumont. A few pages in and I think it’s just what I need without abandoning my ARC pile altogether.
It’s been a while since I’ve been this burnt out on books, so I don’t think it will work very well to dive back into a book dealing with slavery after 37. Instead, I’m planning on following Beaumont’s book up with The Four Seasons by Laurel Corona. It’s also in my ARC pile and some good historical fiction should be wonderful. After that, I’ll gage how I feel. Other than Sweetsmoke, my remaining ARCs are non-fiction and deal with the injustice of fatally incompetent mothers with full custody of their children, suicide, and growing up in an orphanage. There’s a whole lot of serious going on.
Literate Housewife’s Official Challenge Tally
5/10 books complete ~ 4/5 reviews posted