Wednesday, October 18, 2006

All Gone Out The Window...

I am so horrified to realise that I haven't posted a blog entry for almost a week! Partly due to tiredness, partly due to the fact that I don't blog about reading done outside my world literature challenge. I have been reading The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah for a few days now, but am having difficulty getting into it properly. It is set in Ghana and is a bit gritty and depressingly realistic for my tastes - I hate being reminded of the less-than-sparkling aspects of daily life, it's why I can't abide Irvine Welsh. I'll press on with it anyway, because it it interesting so far, and I do so hate giving up on books once I've started them. Maybe I should adopt the habit of reading more than one novel at once? Something I've never done, since I'm often too absorbed in a particular book to even contemplate laying it aside in favour of another until I have totally devoured it. It would definitely be a new reading experience, however, and what better occasion to try it out than when I'm not utterly absorbed by my current read? A lot of other bloggers seem to do it, and it certainly provides blogging fodder. Let me think...tonight I'll start Aminatta Forna's Ancestor Stones which has been on my bookshelf for a couple of weeks now. Maybe I'll go nuts and start a third book tomorrow! Although I don't want to bite off more than I can chew...

5 comments:

Dorothy W. said...

Well, if you've looked at my blog, you know I read multiple books -- it works for me, although I don't tend to have two high-interest novels going at once. It does give me more to write about on the blog, and that's a nice advantage.

Stefanie said...

I have to have more than one book going at a time. didn't used to be like that until I met my husband. Be careful though, once you start reading multiple books you won't be able to go back to just one!

Danielle said...

I am very bad--reading more than one book at once. The nice thing is that if you are not in the mood for one book, you can pick up another.

litlove said...

I'm not the greatest lover of very gritty books, either. I think you need something different alongside them as a mental palate cleanser. Otherwise they drag.

Carl V. said...

I look forward to reading about your experience coming over to the dark side. Its not for everyone, my wife just cannot fathom reading more than one book at a time, but it works for me.