I don’t’ know about you, but I have so many books I’m longing to read that it’s a wonder I can make time for frivolous things like work or sleep.
What I’m reading now
I tend to have a few books going at once, in different genres and different formats. Here’s what I’m currently reading.
- We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride (novel)
- The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart (novel – audiobook)
- The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison (essays – ebook)
- Rare and Commonplace Flowers: The Story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares by Carmen Oliveira (biography – ebook). This one’s for my book group.
What I plan to read
In the photo above, you can see my stack of books to be read. I also have a TBR stack you can’t see, because it contains ebooks and audio books. These include:
- Abroad by Katie Crouch (novel)
- The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (novel)
- Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks (novel)
- Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary (nonfiction)
- Above the East China Sea by Sara Bird (novel)
- Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza (novel)
Bookstores: part of the problem
Part of my problem is that I live in Washington, DC, a city with a rich culture of independent bookstores.
Busboys and Poets, for instance, is a small local chain of restaurants. Each restaurant holds a tiny jewel of a bookstore, and each conducts regular readings and programs – all designed for politically progressive people. If ever a commercial venture was built to siphon away my paycheck, it’s Busboys and Poets.
But they’ll have to stand in line behind Politics and Prose, one of the nation’s pre-eminent independent bookstores. Politics and Prose has a fantastic – and relentless – program of readings by wonderful authors of all kinds. On Saturday I heard Adele Levine talk about Run, Don’t Walk, her moving and witty chronicle of working with amputees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. On Thursday I’m going to hear Amy Bloom discuss her new novel, Lucky Us.
Libraries: also part of the problem
Of course, all of these books, including audiobooks and ebooks – even Kindle books – are available from the public library. That helps my budget. It doesn’t help me fight the fever.
I’ve got it bad. Am I suffering alone? Let me know what’s on your to-be-read list.