Reading is both my pleasure, and my bane. On days I miss breakfast or lunch or an appointment, I try to tell myself I won’t do it again, but I know I would slip up. Always have, and probably always will. This habit started young, in the days my father would bring home ‘top English books’ for me to read.
Recently, I’m reading more novels than sort stories– possibly because I’ve been bombarded on my social media timelines with must-read, award-winning novels, and couldn’t resist– especially because the Singapore National Library carries all of them.
I used to be an avid short story reader, because they take less time to read, and I can clip along at a pretty fast pace, no matter where I am.
But these days, for some reason, I can’t get enough of novels. I’ve finished Caroline Leavitt’s “Is This Tomorrow” and am now reading Sebastian Barry’s “On Canaan’s side,” after which, I have on my bedside “Steps” by Jerzy Kosinski, “The Illusion of Separateness” by Simon Van Booy, and a dozen others, all novels.
I’m looking for recommendations, short story collections– a good mix– all the way from horror and crime, to literary and surreal. I don’t know how soon I would start on them, but hopefully by next month.
What books have you read lately? Novels or short stories, which do you prefer? Why? What are some good novels to read? Any recommendations for me?