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Going Crazy again at a Book Sale

Yesterday, thanks to my kindly, patient husband, I again got to spend three hours at a book sale. Bought nearly eighty books, some that I have read before, most that I want to read. My Ikea living room showcase is now officially a bookcase. Got a lot of Toni Morrison, some Kingsley Amis, John Updike, a few books on clinical psychology that should come in handy with a few of my stories, an award-winning book on erotic literature, books on Buddhism, and of course, some science fiction and fantasy. Got another copy of Dune, lost the last one when I left my earlier book collection back home. All for about 100 usd.

Am planning to sleep half an hour less each night, that would be 7.5 hours, and dip into a few of the books immediately in that extra half hour. With two jobs from home, a language course, my writing and daily life, it is not going to be easy, but I’m determined to read more than my staple two books a week.

I don’t finish everything I read, sometimes I just skim, but I feel life is too short to waste on books that do not grab me. Unless they come otherwise highly recommended, I drop books half way. I am guilty of a few unfinished books. Sigh.

I’m curious what others are reading and how.

I’m plodding through an Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans, I can only read it in installments. I am reading Patrick Gale’s Notes from an exhibition, and rather enjoying it so far, I have begun on The Hours by Michael Cunningham, and I am determined to finish Mephisto by Klaus Mann.

Between all this reading and other essential activities, not sure when and how I’ll be blogging. But I guess I’ll manage.

Wishing everyone a good week, and Happy Reading and Writing!

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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