My list of books I’m currently reading changes as frequently as I change my shirt. I’ve been very indecisive about books these past few weeks. I pick something up, only to put it back down after a few chapters. Between full time work and graduate school, my mental capacity to read full novels is on minimum impulse right now.
But, lo and behold, I have found a couple of books that have managed to keep my interest for more than the first few chapters.
1. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(it is really refreshing to read his short stories. I had Great Gatsby drilled into my brain in AP English class my senior year of high school, and although that novel is the apex of literary greatness of the 20th century, according to my teacher, I find that I enjoy Fitzgerald’s short stories more. Each character is different, each has his own story of self-preservation and perseverance in this rough and materialistic world).
2. By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
(This book I picked up on my way out to lunch, and I haven’t been able to put it down. At its basic level it is a love story, it is a love story that the readers know from the beginning will end tragically, but it is written beautifully and with realistic colloquial language that makes it a book that any reader can pick up and empathize with.)
Its nicer being out a book rut than being in one. Now the problem is just to make time for everything.