When I set my reading goals this year, I thought about this list of unfinished books. Some I've abandoned because I lost interest in them, but most are victims of reading circumstances. For example, I began reading Ta-Nehisi Coates's We Were Eight Years in Power shortly before departing for NCTE. I didn't take the book with me and have not returned to it since the trip. Yet it is a book I know I'll finish, and as a collection of essays, the book forgives my sporadic attention to it.
In contrast to the Coates book, I know I'll not return to The Witches: Salem, 1692. I started reading that book as a free audiobook from SYNC, but I found the narrative overly sensationalized, something I don't value in historical accounts.
All the books sitting on my nightstand await my attention, and I've left them next to the bed as welcome companions who greet me each morning and beckon me to read each evening, but they'll have to wait while I reread Heart of Darkness and the Norton Critical Edition of Heart of Darkness, which is what I'm currently teaching in AP Lit and Comp.
|Books on My Nightstand, which I purchased for its size!|
I began reading George Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo as an audiobook after perusing the print version. Soon I realized the book is one I want to explore in print as well as audio. I like the audio for characterization but need the print to analyze the book's postmodern, unique structure. It's another book I know I'll finish, but I need to start over to gain a full reading experience of this brilliant novel. Before returning to that novel, however, I'll finish Sing, Unburied, Sing because it's up for discussion on #APBKChat February 11.
I'm less sure about whether or not I'll finish the books on the top shelf of one of my bookshelves. If I do get to them, I'll probably need to start over to avoid scratching my head in confusion as I try to recall each one's details.
|The top shelf houses books I've begun and not finished.|
I have other books on pre-order, so when they arrive I'll get a pleasant surprise. Until then, I plan to go all the way with some of the books on my half-way reading list.
|Tuesday is the Slice of Life Story Challenge|
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