A chapter here and a chapter there is about all I managed today. Anjin and I did take in a movie (27 Dresses), but that was about the extent of our creative intake today. I will make up for it tonight by crawling into bed with Richard Montanari's Merciless. It has not quite grabbed me the way his previous book, The Skin Gods, did, but I am still hopeful. I am not that far into it yet.
I do love a good thriller, the kind that take me on a fast paced roller coaster ride. The best of writers, regardless of book type, can sweep me into their fantasy and suspend my disbelief with hardly any effort at all. Richard Montanari is one of those authors.
I have found over the years that the longer I can devote to a book in the beginning, the more likely I am to immerse myself in the story and lives of the characters sooner and more completely. That is not to say it doesn't happen otherwise. It certainly does, but it takes longer for me to lose myself in a book if I am only am able to read in short spurts. Life, such that it is, does not always allow for leisurely hours of reading all in one breath, especially during the week. I make do with the reading time I can get and treasure every moment of it.
David Peace's Tokyo Year Zero is sitting right here on my desk. I have been eying it occasionally and am looking forward to finally diving in. I am not sure it is a good thing to be looking forward to the next book while in the middle of another (or at the beginning of, as the case may be). Still, it is something I do periodically and not necessarily because I am not enjoying what I am reading. With so many books surrounding me, all books I want to read, each one proves to be quite the temptation. I have to remind myself sometimes to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Each book will have its day. And each book deserves to be savored and enjoyed, not rushed through just to get on to the next book. The authors put a lot of hard work into writing, and I want to give them their due time for their effort and talent.
No new books acquired this past week. Probably for the best. That, however, is not to say that my wish list did not grow a bit.
Finished Reading: Critical Space and Patriot Acts by Greg Rucka
Currently Reading: Merciless by Richard Montanari & War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Where Am I? Philadelphia. I am revisiting a crime scene, getting the lay of the land, and hoping to find some clue to a grisly winter murder.