Reading has always been my big refuge in times of trouble.
The past few weeks, I haven’t really been myself– burnt out and exhausted from writing, life, travels. So naturally, books have come to the rescue.
I started with Washington Sqaure by Henry James, and since I always read more than one book at the same time (for various times– during commutes, by the bedside, in the kitchen and so on) I also picked up two others: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien.
I thought of the James as a short but tough read, expected the Doerr to be smooth going, and thought of the O’Brien as an easy pick, a diversion. The James met expectations, Doerr began well, but soon got me war nightmares, the O’Brien is a good, but not a light read.
I realized that exhaustion means my focus is shot to pieces, and I could only read one difficult book at a time. So I’m done with the James now, but have devoured in the meantime a few YA books (quick, easy reads): The Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini, the first book of the Mirror Chronicles by Ian Johnstone. I’m now also reading a fair amount of Terry Brooks’s Shannara series.
That’s about 10 books in as many days, which is unusual for me.
The tougher my reads, the longer I take over them– I usually average 1 to 2 books a week, so about 8 a month, if I’m lucky. I’ll go back to that pace starting next week, once I’m done with all the YA and fantasy I’ve been reading lately.
So those are my numbers, and my reading in the past two weeks.
What books have you read recently? How many books do you read over a week, a month, a year?
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