I think I’ve come down with a case of reading ennui. Please excuse the pretentious French, by the way; five years of French in junior high and high school will leave you with just enough mastery for pretention.
I finished “Someday My Prince Will Come” shortly after midnight Friday night/Saturday morning after reading it straight through. Scarily enough, since then I’ve not started a single book. Actually, I’ve started three or four books, but have been unable to remain faithful to any of them. This is an extremely severe case of book promiscuity, resulting from a severe reading malaise. I have started the following books, all of which I really am very interested in reading:
- Justinian’s Flea, by William Rosen (another plague book, nonfiction this time)
- Storm Over Morocco, by Frank Romano (one of the two ReaderViews books I got this time, I’ve finished the other one and the review should be up soon)
- The Borgia Bride by Jean Kalogridis
I may have also started something else as well, but I can’t remember. I think perhaps these heavier tomes (The Borgia Bride isn’t that heavy exactly, but the Borgias weren’t exactly walk in the park kinds of people; the others are about plague and kidnapping by religious extremists) are somewhat disappointing(?) after the lighthearted romp that was “Someday My Prince Will Come,” yes, bad stuff kept happening to her, but it was a fun book.
I’m worried about starting these books, because I have a hard time rereading something if I didn’t get all the way through it. I can’t stand trying a book again if I’ve given it up, because I don’t want to go back over the pages that caused me to abandon it. I’m hoping that these books will be an exception, because I didn’t get more than 20 pages into any of them (I made it the farthest into “Justinian’s Flea” and didn’t get past the prologue in “Storm Over Morocco“). None of these books was bad – or if they are I’ve not read far enough to know it – they simply just were not what I am in the mood for. At this point, I’m only in the mood for fluffy or fun re-read.
So what did I pick up? “The Historian.” Right. Chasing Dracula through Europe. Fun. However, I have read it before, so no great effort is required on my part. Plus, maybe I’ll actually be able to convince myself to throw in a little nonfiction with as-of-yet unread “Vlad the Impaler.” Perhaps I should go and pick up “Dracula” to read at the same time and have a little theme read. That all fits my classification of ‘fun’…right?