Soooo, I’m back…apparently. Did you miss me? Is anybody still even following me? Please say hi…I miss you all!
Since moving back to Yellowknife 😦 from Croatia 🙂 in February, life has been very tumultuous. I started a new job that didn’t really grant me much time for reading. When I was fortunate enough to get some spare time, there seemed to be so much else going on that reading sort of got lost in the hither and dither of life.
This was compounded by the fact that I experienced a sort of reading-soul-death earlier this year. This happens when I pick up book after book after book and each one turns out to be a DNF. Each false start drags me down just a little bit more and soon I start having dark thoughts…well, really just one dark thought, but it’s bad…the thought that I may never find another good book. It becomes a phobia; I become scared of picking up books, even books that I know are good, for fear that I might start reading it and be let down.
Early February started out with some fairly decent reads including:
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
Dinner Along the Amazon by Timothy Findley
Those were followed by a series of less fortunate encounters, false starts, DNFs and spectacular failures:
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee (I read about 140/150 of this book and was so fed up with it I couldn’t finish the last ten pages)
God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell (Finished it, but it was awful)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Finished it, but it was very meh)
The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham (False Start)
The Inheritors by William Golding (False Start)
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe (Spectacular Fail)
I was particularly disappointed that I wasn’t able to get into the books by Golding, Oe or Maugham, I was looking forward to them all. If anybody knows some better titles by any of those authors please let me know, as I would like to try them again. Or, conversely, if anyone can vouch for the quality of one of the above books, I might be able to give one of them another shot in the future.
So, as I said, I’m back. Quite honestly, I don’t know for how long. At the moment my job is accomodating my ravenous reading habit and is permitting me time to write some days as well. I don’t know how long this is going to hold up, but I am going to do my best. No matter what happens though, I am truly happy to be back!!