Monday, July 6, 2009
What Are You Reading?
Okay, so I haven't been reading a lot lately.
Or, I have been reading a lot, but it's mostly been endless out-loud re-readings of my daughter's current favorites (in particular anything by Mo Willems, and anything in the Lou et Mouf oeuvre). And then there's been all the blog reading, which seems less indulgent than sitting down with a novel because it's industry-related and might be get me published someday, so that's practically a job requirement, right? And I listened to some podcast audiobooks, but I can't decide if that counts as reading (and neither can anyone else, it seems). And I did some re-reading: there was a copy of The Joy Luck Club in the house we rented for vacation, and I haven't read it in years, so it was practically like reading it for the first time... oh, and I kinda wanted to read The World According to Garp again...
You see where I'm going with this. These things are, by and large, not going to broaden my mind and improve my writing the way that the regular reading of new books should.
So, I actually started using the iPod IndieBound app that I downloaded a while ago, I found some new books, and I'm actually, you know, reading them. As opposed to letting them pile up next to my bed, waiting for me to have "enough time" to read them, the way I used to let blank journals pile up because they were too pretty to write in.
I read How I Became a Famous Novelist this weekend (yes, I knew it was a novel and not an instruction manual). I read some of it only a paragraph at a time, but dammit, I squeezed reading into every spare half-minute I had. And it was great. Hell, even my daughter helped, declaring "that's mommy's book!" and asking me to read it to her. Next up: Breath, Gears of the City (which I meant to read ages ago, because I freakin' LOVED Thunderer, but my copy is hardcover and therefore not as easy to fit into the diaper bag for reading in multi-tasking snippets), and maybe some Jodi Picoult.
What are you reading?