I usually read one book at a time. I like to finish one, then select another one to read and go to work on that one. Okay, I’ve occasionally had two or even three books going at once. But right now I’m in the midst of a real muddle, and I’m not even sure how I got here.
I have NINE books sitting here with bookmarks in them! Yes, I said NINE (9) books. I feel overwhelmed. This has never happened to me before. I had a couple of books underway, then another came that I had to start, then I needed something older for a Friday Forgotten Books post, then something else popped up, then one came from the library (always a drop-everything-and-read situation), plus two thick collections of short stories I’m slowly working my way through, and I think there’s something else. I can’t even keep track of them all! I’ll try. To the best of my memory, without going to look at the nightstand, Here’s the list:
- Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan (library book)
- The Private Practice of Michael Shayne
- Agatha H and the Airship City
- The Stainless Steel Rat
- The Mother Goose Murders
- The Gift of Rain
- 50 for 50 (short stories)
- The Black Lizard Book of Pulp Stories (short stories)
I’m within a few pages of finishing Nemesis (a re-read), and only a few pages into Stainless Steel Rat (also a re-read), just a few chapters into a few of the others, just slogging along on the two thick short story collections.
My plan is to read the library book, then finish Nemesis and the Shayne as that’s the next closest to finished. After that I’ll read a few short stories and get back to the others, in the order shown, all without starting anything else! We’ll see how that goes. Sigh.