I actually wanted to do a “hey, sorry I’ve been busy, here is a little catch-up of stuff” post, but then today’s Musing Monday was so relevant to me right now this morning, that I will save all the news until Sunday and without further ado…
This week’s Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading:
Describe the last time you were stumped for something to read, and you took measures to remedy that — either by going to the bookstore, the library, or shopping elsewhere. What book did you choose? Did it get you out of your slump?
This has been happening to me for the last week. Having churned through 8 books on holiday and another two since I got home, I have had no desire to read at all. Between cycling to work (yes, Cecily and I are still going strong – it’s a 16-mile round trip these days!) and thus not having train commute time to read, and a huge pile of “books to read next” because they are review books, or I’ve promised to send them to someone, or they’re due at the library… completely stymied me.
I had been contemplating a trip to the library for something light and thin, something I could read quickly (although as I’d been struggling with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, I don’t think I’d be able to find anything thinner than that!), when a Bookmooch friend got in touch, asking me to “angel” a book to Canada – Bookmooch angeling is when a BM member in country A mooches a book that someone in country B wants, from an owner who is not only resident in country A but won’t send overseas. The intermediary then sends it overseas, where it makes someone else happy. Anyway. It’s a complicated process. The point is, Jenni asked for Before I Die, by Jenny Downham – which I knew I had on my shelves.
It was just the impetus I needed to read something quick and get it out of the house.
It was a beautiful little book – the sad last days of a teen with leukaemia, but full of life.
So that has jolted me out of my slump and I think I’m going to pick up Helen Garner’s The Spare Room next, which is also about a dying cancer patient, and comes hugely recommended by my father.