I’m not sure why it’s happening, but almost every book on the nightstand (my To Be Read Pile, as opposed to all the unread books on the shelves) is a collection of short stories or essays. Usually I read novels, so this has kind of crept up on me. I just finished a collection of Norvell Page stories (see yesterday’s FFB post) and am now working my way through a Zorro collection and one of stories from Adventure Magazine and one of Dr. Poggioli stories by T.S. Stribling, as well as some Lester Dent air adventure stories. I’m very slowly moving into Collected Stories of Lewis Shiner and there are a couple others in the stack that don’t come to mind as I’m typing this, including a book of essays.
But there’s not a novel in sight.
This seems to happen once or twice a year; suddenly I find myself hip deep in short stories, and there are plenty more collections on the shelves I could read, I want to read. Does this happen to anyone else, or are most people more organized about their reading and mix up the short stories, novels, non-fiction and different genres when they read?