I’ve always been a bookworm, and has even lamented before that being online most of the time has robbed me of the opportunity to finish books on my reading list. Whereas before I can manage to finish a book in just three day, now my bed side table is currently full of books waiting for my attention.
I recently started reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, an Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Dominican author Junot Diaz.The story tells the story of Oscar de Leon, an overweight, science fiction-reading geek with a bad stroke of luck when it comes to love. The story also gives a glimpse of the lives of Oscar’s family, his sister Lola, his mother and his grandfather. The narrative is mixed with cross references to culture and the events that happened at the Dominican Republic during the time of the dictator Rafael Trujillo during the 1930s.
I’ve already reached the middle part of the book, going past Lola’s boyfriend dramas and the love story of Beli when I hit a sour patch in my reading and had the mistake of putting down the book. Now, it officially joined the list of unfinished books staring accusingly at me each night on the bed side table. It’s not that it’s not interesting, it is. But I got tired following the problems of Oscar that I just had to stop.
Committing that I’ll finish the book as soon as I get past my horrendous schedule two weeks ago, I vowed I’ll get back to Oscar.
That is until I made the mistake of going inside Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street and purchasing “Game of Thrones”, the first book in George RR Martin’s series “A Song of Fire and Ice”. I’ll be honest here, the reason I picked up the book is because I got inspired by the TV series. I am a big Game of Thrones fan and is seriously contemplating leaving The Hubby to join Jon Snow at The Wall (hey hun, kidding!).
I have yet to start reading it but a good friend told me to read really slow because once I devour the whole series, it’ll be painfully agonizing waiting for the next one. I know exactly how that feels, having agonized waiting for new Harry Potter books to come out. The choice to buy a fantasy novel, with knights, dragons and warring kingdoms surprised the hubby no end. After all, between the two of us, he’s the one who usually trek to the fantasy novel aisle for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and the Dragon Lance series books. I meanwhile, can be sometimes found on the cook book aisle, staring dreamily on Anthony Bourdain’s paperback eyes.
Anyway, I wish I had the time to begin Games of Thrones. The death of Ned Stark tore my heart into two and I had to restrain myself from hurling our TV to the wall due to my hatred to that freaking bastard (literally!) King Joffrey Barantheon.
Also included in my pile of unfinished books are: “Alice in Wonderland” the Illustrated Edition by Camille Rose Garcia:
I thumbed through this book numerous times, but unfortunately not to read the story (though I’ve read this back in elementary school) but to stare on the wicked illustrations. The art is simply wicked (literally and figuratively). How I wish I had Ms. Garcia’s talent.
I also have a lot of pages needing my attention on “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am still thinking if I wanted to continue reading that or let it stay for a very long time on that bed side table, and keep the company of Unbearable Lightness of Being and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Both books, I have been trying to finish for one hundred years but no dice. In the case of “One Hundred Years….” I always end up stopping, and choosing to pick-up a different book rather than continue reading Mr. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ opus.
It’s not like I can’t finish my books: I breezed through On the Road (my favorite novel) and I’ve JD Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” so many times that I cared to count (usually during Christmas when the population of phonies dramatically rise). The Harry Potter series (all seven of them) I managed to read five times (usually when I am bored). I breezed through Aron Ralston’s “24 Hours”, John Krakauer’s narrative of the life of Chris McCandless in “Into the Wild”, as well as Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”.
For novels I call my guilty pleasure like “Gossip Girl”, “True Blood”, and the “Vampire Chronicles” — I managed to devour like gummy candies.
But the books mentioned above, oh man — I have problems finishing them. Sometimes, I even resorted to reading two or three books at the same time though that wouldn’t be wise in my opinion because sometimes I got mix up and I have to remind myself that there’s no fat kid in Eat, Pray, Love.
What about you? How do you deal with reading backlogs? And more importantly, WHAT’S ON YOUR READING LIST?