During the summer months, I always like to keep a stack of books on hand for those moments when I have downtime, whether we’re relaxing in a hotel room after a long day of activities or spending the afternoon at the park. I almost always pick fun cozy mysteries, heart-pounding thrillers, and even the occasional horror book. Come to think of it, those are the types of books I read all year long.
This summer, my reading habits are a little different. A few months ago, we decided to move, which of course involves packing. Lots of packing. So I set a goal for myself to read all the poor, neglected books that have been sitting in my rather large bookcase for ages. These are the ones that always take a back seat to new releases and recommendations from friends, the ones that I’m always “this close” to reading but never seem to get around to it.
During the spring, I embraced the challenge, making steady progress through the many shelves. I am finally down to a handful of books, but oh what a handful they are. These books involve some serious reading, not the light-hearted faire I normally focus on.
But I’m plowing forward. I just finished The Ascent of Money, which describes the origin of money and how it has shaped the world. It was definitely more entertaining than I imagined it would be, providing interesting tidbits about the Enron scandal, how insurance came about, and the various economic collapses throughout history. It’s not the kind of book you can read when the TV is blaring in the background or when the kids interrupt every minute to ask a question, but that’s okay. Sometimes it’s nice to read a book in a quiet room. The trick is finding time to do so.
Next up is Write Away, by Elizabeth George. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book on the writing craft itself. I’m only two chapters in, but I’m already enjoying it. George has an engaging voice, and I expect to learn a lot from her book.
After that, I’ve got another nonfiction book in the queue. This one is called America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines. It covers the role that women have played in this country from the time of the Mayflower. I’m definitely going to have to don my thinking cap for this one, but I’m looking forward to reading it.
While I initially saw this challenge to whittle down my book collection as one big chore, I’m glad I am doing it. I’ve read lots of enjoyable books and learned new things. My biggest concern now is what happens when I finally reach the last book on the shelf.
What on earth am I going to read????