It always happens. You could’ve sworn there was a book mark in there somewhere. But as you’re about to mark your page, the blasted bookmark is gone.
Do you use the nearest thing to you to mark your page? Do you ever wonder where your bookmarks go? To someone like me, bookmarks are like socks that go missing in the wash. They just disappear into the thin air. I had a moment of Eureka last weekend when I was trying to find a bookmark and couldn’t find any.
Today, I’d like to talk about the books sitting beside my bed. Those that I’ve started and have been reading off an on for a while now. In total, I have found that I’ve marked a total of 19 books during the course of a few months. Nineteen bookmarks marking where I left off. Admittedly, I can’t even begin to tell you what was happening in the books when I last picked them up, and I probably have to start over with some of them. Okay, most of them.
There could be a multitude of reasons why I start and stop in the midst of a novel. Sometimes, I just lose interest. Unfortunately, I’ve lost the will to read some of them. I suppose you can consider this my “set-aside-for-now” pile. And the reason why I haven’t DNF’d a book yet this year. I’ve not entirely given up, but I’ve set them aside for now because I refuse to give up. Incidentally, this list also includes the books I’m reading now. So I guess you can say, I’ve got 16 books on my set-aside pile.
My interest flits from the one book to the next. Nowadays, my reason is usually because I have to read something for review before I could read something for pure pleasure. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing because the books I get for review are books that I actually want to read in the first place.
The problem is, there are books being published every week. And every week that these books are left fermenting beside my bed is another week when a most-anticipated novel gets published. In other words, the further along they sit in the bottom of the TBR pile. I do feel like I should make an effort at least. Perhaps use my credit from Audible to listen to them if I can’t get to them right away. For now, I’m going to try my best to add at least one of these books in my On the Night Table post until I read all of them. Either way, this is such a bad habit I need to break.
- OBASAN by Joy Kogawa, Chapter 3, page 28.
- EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon, page 197 of an ARC paperback.
- LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca, page 73 of an ARC paperback.
- INFINITE SKY by C.J. Flood Chapter 11, page 85 of an ARC paperback.
- WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn Chapter 9, page 90
- AND THE HIPPOS WERE BOILED IN THEIR TANKS by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs Chapter 4, page 41
- THE RAVEN by Sylvain Reynard Chapter 10, page 85
- BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards Chapter 8, page 63
- THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB by Will Schwalbe, Seventy Verses on Emptiness, page 28
- THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS by Ann Aguirre Chapter 5, page 49
- THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle Chapter 3, page 47
- THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas Chapter 9, page 160
- GLORY IN DEATH by JD Robb Chapter 2, page 45
- PRINCESS OF THORNS by Stacey Jay Chapter 4, page 43
- THIS IS A CALL [The Life and Times of Dave Grohl] Chapter 3, page 69
- CHE by Jon Lee Anderson Chapter 5, page 75
- THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George Chapter 7, page 47
- THE NEW NEIGHBOUR by Leah Stewart Chapter 7, page 31
- THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty Chapter 8, page 83