I can’t speak for everyone in the same position but recently when the doctors told me I had cancer I didn’t react like I thought I would. My initial reaction, after saying ‘oh bugger’ (which were my first two words), was ‘well I’ve blinking lots of things to do then haven’t I?’ Getting cross, reminiscing and resting were the last things on my mind but the first on everyone else’s.
Reading was the first thing that I concentrated on, shock horror, and what I am talking about on here today. The very idea that I have so many books at home,and so many out there, that I wanted to read and haven’t yet and possibly might not sent me into a complete panic. I also started to obsess over how diverse and well read I have been so far, more about that soon though.
I found myself reading two or three books a day and shutting the world out around them (this could also have been a coping mechanism to a degree), this has had it’s bonuses and it’s downfalls.
Subsequently I now have a silly amount of reviews waiting to be posted on the blog (particularly Orange longlisters). I have also interestingly found that scheduling and occasionally rearranging posts a much better way for me to review. I can have it scheduled and yet tweak it as the dust settles on my initial thoughts. I’m beginning to learn, after lots of years of reading, that time away from a book really helps just as much as how everything needs to be aligned when you read a book so does when you write about the reading experience, even when you love a book so much you’re desperate to tell the world.
The negative is that I suddenly got really bad book readers block and nothing old or current would do. So I’ve decided to get ahead of myself and read some of the books that people are expecting to be huge and I am really looking forward too (I’ve missed off the new Jane Harris as have just finished it).
No I won’t be able to talk about them just yet, but I’ll be able to think about them and read the new Alan Hollinghurst, Sebastian Barry, Ali Smith, Daphne Du Maurier collection etc, etc and have conversations to look forward to about them all in the future.