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. 1.
    TRYING: The General in his Labyrinth - Gabriel García Márquez
    A 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. 2.
    TRYING: Paradise - Toni Morrison
    Remember I mentioned borrowing this one from the Internet Archive? It expired before I could finish. :/
  3. 3.
    TRYING: Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
    I have started this one four times. I really get into it. And then I have to leave it for whatever reason. Dude. Why?
  4. 4.
    TRYING: Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
    To quote Boromir: One does not simply try to read this one. This requires commitment. A LOT.
  5. 5.
    TRYING (AND SUCCEEDED): The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz
    This 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. 6.
    NEXT: Letters to a Young Novelist - Mario Vargas Llosa
    A series of essays on writing, presented as letters to, well, a young novelist, by the Nobel laureate.
  7. 7.
    NEXT: American Gods - Neil Gaiman
    After 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. 8.
    NEXT: Rayuela -Julio Cortázar
    If 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. 9.
    NEXT: Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King
    The one novel by my favorite writer that I am yet to read.
  10. 10.
    NEXT (REREAD): Things The Grandchildren Should Know - Mark Oliver Everettx
    This 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.