In recent years I’ve acquired a stack of half read books. It’s time to finish them before launching into anything new. The list is The Marriage Proposal by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Fires of Spring by James A. Mitchner, Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin, The Life-Changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo, and Days of Reading by Marcel Proust.
I really enjoyed The Virgin Suicides and loved Middlesex. That lead me to pick up The Marriage Proposal. To be honest I’ve tried twice to get into it. It’s just not resonating with me. I am having a hard time relating to the characters. I’ll probably donate it after reading it.
The Fires of Spring is a book I saved from donation years ago. I was probably in early high school when I rescued it from my parent’s pile. I’m enjoying it so far. It’s a little bleak but that is expected. It sits at my work desk and I read bits when I arrive early. I may also donate this one after reading. It’s good but probably not something I’d want to re-read.
After reading Burmese Days I discovered Finding George Orwell in Burma. Burmese Days was a sad book. I didn’t care for the ending but the overall picture of what it was probably like then interested me. After reading it I quickly got a used copy of Finding George Orwell in Burma. It is really good book but all the oppression is depressing. Since Myanmar is back in the news I’ll probably finish it soon. I think this one is worth keeping.
I got The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up because it was all the rage on the clothing and lifestyle blogs I was reading. My hope was that it would help me sort through the few boxes of items I have stuffed in my garage. I have a problem with letting go of sentimental items I don’t use or need. Her writing style annoys me. I haven’t gotten in far enough to decided if it’s worth reading or not. I’ll probably finish it and donate it. I’ve found a few books that sound more like what I’m looking for in this category. I’ll get one of those after I donate this one.
The final book is a more recent purchase. I got excited to find it and then got busy. I have a few of his novels. Some I’ve read and some in the to read pile. So when I saw Days of Reading on a random Tumblr I knew I needed it. It’s is quite enjoyable. It just got lost in the shuffle.