Within the space of a week, I managed to go from having a reading plan to being completely overwhelmed. I’m not entirely sure how it happened. I was reading Falling Leaves for the World Citizen Challenge, and I planned next to read something from the Orbis Terrarum list, one that might also fulfill the 1% Well-Read Challenge. I also decided to join the Gone with The Wind read-along. This seemed entirely manageable, except that my library had no copy of Gone with The Wind, so I placed a hold on it at the library last Sunday.
The first part of the week was calm. After I finished Falling Leaves on Wednesday, I checked the availability of books on my Orbis Terrarum list at the library, and decided I would begin with One Hundred Years of Solitude. No problem! On Thursday, I went to the library to pick up that book, but then I also noticed that they had a copy of Wide Sargasso Sea. I picked that up, too. When I got to the desk, they told me they had two of my hold books: Gone with The Wind and Swimming with Strangers, a story collection for Andrew’s Book Club that I had been waiting for since January. I decided to forgo Swimming with Strangers, because I realize I cannot keep up with Andrew’s Book Club by using the library (which wasn’t the original point of the challenge: it was to buy the books, but the unemployed have to be crafty). They simply aren’t picking up copies of the new and indie collections (or aren’t picking them up quickly enough). That decision made me feel more in control, like I was on the right track. I would just have to add the collections to my TBR list and purchase them at a later date.
I walked away from the library on Thursday with One Hundred Years of Solitude, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Gone with The Wind, but when I got home, I realized I had a bit of a dilemma on my hands. First, I picked up One Hundred Years of Solitude, thinking I would read that first. But then I realized that the Gone with The Wind read-along was only during March, and neither of the books really lend themselves to a “switch off” situation. But also, Wide Sargasso Sea is so short, I thought it might be easiest to knock that one out first, then read Gone with The Wind, and then read One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Except that I started reading Gone with The Wind first, and I really got into it, which was fine–until yesterday.
I may have forgotten to mention that on Thursday, while I was poking around the library site and trying to see what book to check out for Orbis Terrarum, I put yet another book on hold: The Manual of Detection, by Jedediah Berry. Remembering how long I’d been waiting for Swimming with Strangers, I thought it would be at least a couple of weeks before I got notice for it. Nope. Got the notice yesterday morning. I had to pick it up, because who knows how long I would have to wait again, right? The problem: The Manual of Detection can only be checked out for two weeks, and cannot be renewed.
Probably I should also mention that I received two books in the mail this week: on Monday, Gardens of Water, which I won from Lisa’s giveaway over at Books on The Brain, and yesterday, The Book Thief, from my Mother. Oh, and also, I snagged a copy of The Easter Parade from Library Thing Early Reviewers.
And then, of course, there’s the pile of books over there. *Gestures toward bookshelf* My plan was to cycle through one book at a time for each challenge, with my own books as fillers in between.
Whew. Okay. So. The new plan: Read The Manual of Detection, then pick up where I left off with Gone with The Wind, then read Wide Sargasso Sea, then read One Hundred Years of Solitude, then Gardens of Water, then something for 9 for ’09…unless The Easter Parade arrives first, in which case I’ll read that first so I can review it for Library Thing.
Or unless that Mark Bittman book I put on hold yesterday at the library comes in and ruins everything.