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Finishing I — Books

Moving house in a month — well, it was a month when I wrote this post, now it’s only three weeks — gives me the opportunity to self-impose one of my favourite challenges: a completely arbitrary deadline against which to stack my wits and energy. The challenge is to finish all the books I’m halfway through and all the knitting projects on the needles. I’m also working on a couple of writing projects I’d dearly like to conclude and, as ever, there’s trillions of “must get around to that” kind of jobs that haven’t been either interesting or urgent enough to hold my interest. Let’s talk books.

Halfway through and aiming to finish: These are the books I listed in that original post:

The Waves
Frankenstein
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Catcher in the Rye
The Blind Assassin
Tempests After Shakespeare
Sexual Personae

…but I have a couple of confessions to make. The first is that at the time of writing, I hadn’t actually started Catcher in the Rye or The Blind Assassin — I suspect the only reason I included them is because I had only procured them that day and was all giddy. The second is that I had actually already finished One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, so that shouldn’t be on there either.  Let’s try again:

The Waves
Frankenstein
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Tempests After Shakespeare
Sexual Personae
When Books Die
Things I Learned From Knitting

This is the current, active list. I have a strong suspicion — some would call it certain knowledge — that there are other books I’m technically in the middle of reading, but they don’t count because I haven’t looked at them for ages and I’m certainly not going to start now. I’m playing a bit fast and loose with my definitions, but this is my arbitrarily-imposed challenge and I’ll do what I like. Now. This list pales into insignificance against my “Things I’m Planning To Read” list, on which reclines Catcher in the Rye, The Blind Assassin and many, many more. Like most readers, my appetite exceeds my capacity — my eyes are bigger than my belly, as Mumini says.

I have a third confession, since I’m in a soul-baring mood. I’ve already finished The Waves and Frankenstein! Woohaa! The Waves was incredibly enriching, life-changingly, mind-alteringly good and I loved it to pieces. The only reason I didn’t immediately restart it and begin A Room Of One’s Own to boot is that I knew I would be imposing this challenge and, well, I’m not that stupid.  Frankenstein was fun, but by the end of it I was ready for it to be over — I got fed up with the way that Frankenstein had tremours and bouts of ill-defined nervous illness whenever anybody so much as mentioned patchwork.

Next up: The Omnivore’s Dilemma.  Pretending not to think about: Sexual Personae and how very, very long it is.

The Waves
Frankenstein
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Tempests After Shakespeare
Sexual Personae
When Books Die
Things I Learned From Knitting

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