Of course the first book I finish this summer is about more books. And, of course, as soon as I get around to making a new blog post, I have to deal with a new interface, and I am struggling with the formatting tools.
I have a library card, and a very nice local library now. I have a stack of books I just checked out, this one among them, because in my head I'm still an avid reader searching for new books all the time, while in reality I'm a very slow reader who feels guilty when I just sit down and read, but can't handle audio books anymore for some reason. I'm sticking with non-fiction (even if it is ABOUT fiction, or fiction authors) for right now. Getting tangled in the emotional lives of characters is difficult for me. I have all kinds of cats to take care of, including two tiny kittens fate has deposited upon us, and an older kitten outside who is slowly becoming a yard-cat. That, plus the 5 we already have, and my mother-in-law (who is staying with us during this COVID-19 year) has a lovely cat of her own, and this big house is quite full. Getting anything done is more and more difficult.
Anyway, this book. I was pleased to either have read several of the listed books, or already have copies I want to read, or to just be familiar with the authors already. I want to read all these books. I want to have new ideas enter my head. I'm so very tired with the worn path of my own thoughts, but the need to keep a lid on my emotions makes that hard. I think I need to talk with a therapist.
Bah. The book. I read the first one, by David Pringle, a few years back, and culled a list of books to read that I'm still working through. Reading books about books is almost as satisfying as actually reading the books, but not quite. Still, I tend to collect such meta-books and pore through them, making lists and considering what interests me and what doesn't. Right now, though, I'm more interested in the "about" than the actual article, and so I'm going to hunt down more of Damian Broderick's critiques and commentary books.
I also intend to finish something, because my stack is too damned high.