I like to read. I have no doubt all of you find that shocking, but I do. I really, really do. I listen to audiobooks in the car, I pop open an ebook with my morning coffee, I curl up with a hardback on the couch at night. I’ve always got at least a couple books going at any given time, but for the month of August, I’ve declared this my personal reading month. That means less writing, less TV, and less social media. Just reading.
So far, reading month is going well. This weekend I finished the amazing Zuleikha, a beautifully written novel about a Tatar woman in the Soviet Union in 1930 who is sent to Siberia and the people she must try and survive with there. (It’s available as an ebook on Hoopla Digital.) When I finished that, I started a new epic fantasy novel, Upon a Burning Throne, which is inspired by The Mahabharata, an ancient Indian classic. And as soon as I get through that doorstop, I still have a pretty huge TBR (to be read) pile calling my name.
And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve been scrolling through endless lists of new books coming this fall, and there’s just so much good stuff! The new Andre Aciman, Find Me, is at the top of that list; after all, a sequel to Call Me By Your Name is about as exciting as books get. There’s a new book from my favorite fantasy author, Joe Abercrombie, coming in September, which I’ll have to hurry to get done before the final book in Brent Weeks’s Lightbringer series comes out in October. And that’s only the tip of my reading iceberg.
Now that I look at all of that, I realize I might need to declare a few more reading months. If only Netflix weren’t so good….