I think I have so many books that I want to read, that I can't find the one that says 'me' with that quiet voice, because it's too heavy to carry with me everywhere - Les Miserables. So I end up carrying other books or trying to find other books to read on the bus journey to and from work, which end up spilling over into my evenings. This is good for my reading totals, but leaves me feeling a little distracted. Between library books and books that I keep looking at on my shelves, I am being distracted by shiny new books:
- Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
- River Marked - Patricia Briggs
- Hanging Wood - Martin Edwards
- Raising Stony Mayhall - Daryl Gregory
- Deadline - Mira Grant
- Hexwood - Diana Wynne Jones
These are books I've held in my hand, opened to page one.....then thought, no I have to finish something else.....usually a library book. Then I go to the library books and try to finish one or two of them. I feel like I have ADHD with books - every cover sparkles, and I open it, and then I get distracted by another, and another.....and I want to read them all! Over at So Many Books blog, Stefanie described feeling something similar earlier this week, only hers were about library books.
I really am not complaining, I know I have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to new books to read. I am thrilled I have so many. It does make me wonder though, Gentle Reader:
Do shiny new books distract you from your reading plan? Does the cover of a book matter? How about the feel of a book?
I ask this because I opened my copy of The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, and decided the print was too small, even though it's a Penguin classic. I really want to read a classic soon, I'm behind on my own reading plan for this year. At the bookstore last week, I came across another edition, that when I held - I think it was New American Library paperback edition, and I loved it and started reading it in the store! I wanted to buy it and hold it and read it. But I already owned a copy, so I put it back, wistfully.
It's the same reason that when I did hold Les Miserables later that night, I thought, 'yes!" It felt right in my hand, and I loved the feel of it, the paper, the cover, everything about it. If only it didn't weight over 5 pounds even as a softcover, I could carry it with me everywhere!
So I bought it, and have been enjoying reading it, though I find it distracting to have to put it down and start another book for the bus to and from work because with my knees inflammed with osteoarthritis at the moment, any extra weight I carry really bothers them. It's just too heavy with my lunch bag to take on the bus. So it stays at home and waits for me.
So, my questions on this lovely Saturday afternoon are: do you find that you need to read a book straight through to finish it? Or can you pick one up, and then another, and another, and read several simultaneously? And, do different editions matter? Should I go and buy that other edition of The Mill on the Floss just because it felt so good in my hands, and I wanted to read it? And, are you being distracted by new books vs library books, shiny new book covers, this spring?