The Ones I Haven’t Read


On reflection, the stack of books I own that I have not read is a lot smaller than others I’ve heard of. I don’t have a lot of space and am something of a minimalist besides, so when I buy a book, I want to be sure it’s something I’m probably going to read more than once (although, when I go to the used book shop, I can be a little more lax about that rule, since they’re a lot cheaper).

But this stack has been bothering me in its un-readness for some time, so starting next week, I’m going to start on them. Nothing drastic. I’m not planning to try to read them all by the end of the month or anything like that. I have too much else to do. But I’m going to try to have them all ready by, say, the end of summer. There are other library books to be read, after all, as well as my book club’s bi-monthly selection.

Speaking of library books. I’m in the midst of Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, which is mostly about style for non-fiction, but certainly applies to fiction writing as well. What can I say? I have a strange love of style guides like these.

I haven’t begun Andrea Chapin’s, The Tutor, yet, but I have some time and can renew it once before I have to take it back to the library.

My book club’s selection for June is Jill Leovy’s Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America. I picked it up earlier this week, but haven’t cracked it open yet. It’s the story of a investigation into the murder of a young black man in Los Angeles. I hadn’t heard of it until it came up as a possible selection, but I’m glad it did. It looks interesting.

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