Wednesday Reads

You might have noticed a theme among book bloggers when Wednesday rolls around. Posts about books — specifically what’s been finished, is in progress, and is up next on the to-read pile — abound. If you were wondering about the origins of this habit, you might want to check out Should Be Reading, home of the theory that mid-week is a great time to share your reading status with the world.

I love reading these posts, but I’ll admit I tend not to participate. Why? Because I’m often painfully slow to finish books once I start, and I would hate anyone to take that snail’s pace as a reflection on the quality of the books. If I’m not enjoying something, I don’t bother to finish anymore. Life is way too short and I am far too busy to keep reading a book that doesn’t interest me. Better to move on to something else from one of the teetering stacks around the apartment. But the reality is that most of my reading time goes to unpublished work; client manuscripts, rewrites, outlines and so on, plus an endless onslaught of submissions. And given I can only talk about those projects in the vaguest of terms, there doesn’t seem much point.

However, I also feel like I don’t discuss actual books enough on this blog. I get excited over my clients’ work, of course, and will occasionally reference other authors I admire — often when linking to an intriguing interview or bit of writing advice from them — but I don’t provide much of a clue regarding my reading tastes. So I’ve decided to start sharing. Probably not every week, because of that snail’s-pace thing, but at least a couple of times a month.

So, what am I reading? On the work front I’m finishing up some early chapters for one client and then I have a rewrite to read from a second client. I’ll probably try to work through some submissions later this afternoon — partials rather than full manuscripts, which I more frequently tackle on the weekend unless I have a breather during the week.

As for books with covers, it’s been a while since I’ve finished anything, mostly because I have a fair number with bookmarks tucked into them and I keep rotating what I’m reading. I’m about a third of the way through WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel, which I’m loving. I am also picking my way through Neil Gaiman’s FRAGILE THINGS, which is short fiction and poetry and allows me a mini sense of accomplishment. On my Kindle I’m reading SOMETHING ABOUT YOU by Julie James, and MIDNIGHT RIOT by Ben Aaronovitch.

What’s next? The to-read pile is actually five or six piles at this point, but I’m itching to read Mary Robinette Kowal’s WITHOUT A SUMMER, and I have Mette Jakobsen’s THE VANISHING ACT right beneath that on the stack. I also just got a copy of HIDDEN CITIES: A MEMOIR OF URBAN EXPLORATION by Moses Gates, which sounds fascinating.

That’s it for my current reading line up. What are you all reading? Have you recently finished something you want to recommend? What are you looking forward to? Please do share — I’d love to hear what books have you excited.


7 thoughts on “Wednesday Reads

  1. I am currently reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I also just received a ton of my tbr books for my bday that I’m super excited to read next: Dog Stars by Peter Heller, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Yay!

    1. Lots of goodies! I’ve got CODE NAME VERITY on my stack, too. I’m looking forward to it.

  2. I am reading Mark Halprin’s WINTER TALE- classic urban fantasy. The movie staring Colin Farrell (yum) and Russell Crowe comes out in October of this year.

  3. I just finished HOTEL AT THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford. I don’t usually read historical fiction but it was on my Book Club list. I found it to be a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a young boy who struggles with love and loyalty during the turbulent war years. Up next for Book Club: THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE. I already read it but I guess what’s old is new again.

  4. I finished and LOVED A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra last week (blogged about it here, and Amy Greene’s Long Man yesterday. It’s interesting to hear the idea to blog about reading on Wednesdays, since I was about to post my Reading List on Sunday. Hmm. It’s definitely nice to get into a flow of conversation with other readers. Thanks for your post.

    1. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is on my very, very tall to-read pile. I’m looking forward to working my way down to it. 🙂

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