The 5 Books I'm Trying To Read Right Now and the 5 Books I Might Read Next
Here's something to take my mind away reality (btw, thanks to all who have been keeping tabs with me. You're beautiful.) I used to be able to not so much read but devour books; now I'm lucky if I get to end one in a month. And I'm under pressure because I'm ready to move! So here's my literary struggle and plan. Weep with me.
- 1.TRYING: The General in his Labyrinth - Gabriel García MárquezA semi fictionalized account of the last days of Simón Bolivar. It's short and by my favorite Latin American author, so... why can't I seem to finish it?!
- 2.TRYING: Paradise - Toni MorrisonRemember I mentioned borrowing this one from the Internet Archive? It expired before I could finish. :/
- 3.TRYING: Steve Jobs - Walter IsaacsonI have started this one four times. I really get into it. And then I have to leave it for whatever reason. Dude. Why?
- 4.TRYING: Doctor Zhivago - Boris PasternakTo quote Boromir: One does not simply try to read this one. This requires commitment. A LOT.
- 5.TRYING (AND SUCCEEDED): The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot DíazThis has been the only book I've been able to finish in the last three months --and what a triumph it's been. At times incredibly funny, at others incredibly sad, it's brilliant.
- 6.NEXT: Letters to a Young Novelist - Mario Vargas LlosaA series of essays on writing, presented as letters to, well, a young novelist, by the Nobel laureate.
- 7.NEXT: American Gods - Neil GaimanAfter an absolutely batshit crazy first season of the TV adaptation, I'm almost afraid to spoil myself. But c'mon... how could I resist???
- 8.NEXT: Rayuela -Julio CortázarIf you're a Latino who loves to read, you most certainly have this one either in a read or to-read column. The title is how the game of hopscotch is called in Argentina. You can read it either in a lineal way -chapters 1 through 56- or hopscotch your way by following the "Table of Instructions". The last 99 chapters are called "expendables", although they fill plot holes and solve puzzles. So fascinating.
- 9.NEXT: Mr. Mercedes - Stephen KingThe one novel by my favorite writer that I am yet to read.
- 10.NEXT (REREAD): Things The Grandchildren Should Know - Mark Oliver EverettxThis is one of my favorite books. It's the memoirs of the frontman for indie band The Eels, and my God what a life he's led. A great exploration on channeling grief and sadness into creative work.