A quick apology everyone, because I have not posted here in quite some time. I have not because my streak of reading ADD has continued and I’ve not actually finished a book yet.
Books I’ve started only to put down after some time include but are probably not limited to:
King, Kaiser Tsar by Catrine Clay
To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
I did re-read some of Doyle’s Holmes short stories, and I’ve been boning up on professional literature (because I’m currently job-searching.) While all of the above books were good in their own way, they did not hold my scattered attention long enough for me to finish. Just for the record, Kristoff’s novel and Clay’s non-fiction showed promise. I just wasn’t really in the mood.
Luckily, I had a conversation with a lovely library user. She had come in to pick up a book that she had been waiting on for years. It was the second book in Ken Follet’s Century Trilogy. I’ve heard a lot about these books. (The first and now the second one made it to the bestseller list, after all.) Unfortunately, the prospect of committing to a trilogy with each book coming in at over 900 pages is always a bit daunting. But this nice lady who happens to share my love of good historical fiction, couldn’t stop talking about Mr. Follet’s writing.
I didn’t get to check out the book, because apparently, two other people also had the same brilliant idea. So, I figured when it came back in, maybe after some of the hoopla had died down and I remembered it, I would read the first installment, Fall of Giants.
As luck would have it, I ran out of professional material on my plane ride from an interview (cross your fingers, readers!) and what should I see sitting on the shelves of the airport bookstore? On sale and in handy paperback? Ken Follet’s Fall of Giants.
I’m not that far into the book yet, (only 168 pages so far) but I’m far enough in to tell you that it is well worth the hype. The only reason I’m not reading and typing this post is because 1) I felt guilty for not posting in so long; 2)I got vexed with a character’s situation and needed to cool down a spell before continuing. (I get overly-emotionally attached, remember?)
So, here’s to hopefully ending my reading ADD turmoil. And I wish you all Stateside a very happy Thanksgiving!