I’m an ADD reader. And when I say ADD, I mean it. I cannot only read one book at a time. I have to have multiple current choices when I sit down to read. However, when I get distracted from a book by another book, and then another book, and another…it turns into a problem.
Here is the 2010 list of currently unfinished books, most of which I did start this year, though there are a couple of exceptions. I am putting them in the order that I plan to tackle them. Doesn’t mean that’ll be the order it happens in.
1. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, Page 305 of 442 – I have been trying to drag this book out waiting for Sapphique. But now it’s less than two weeks away so I guess its time to get on my high horse and finish this one. Like this weekend. I’m hoping.
2. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines, Page 38 of 344 – Three fairytale princesses off on a secret agent-type mission to stop Cinderella’s stepsister. Why I haven’t gotten back into this I don’t know.
3. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters, Page 32 of 262 – This is my most recent addition to the bookmarked pile. Victorian age female Indiana Jones. Sign me up!
4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Page 59 of 388 – I sailed through the first two. I was bored in the beginning of this one. I don’t know. I’ll come back to it.
5. The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee, Page 61 of 335 – A mystery about girl spies in Victorian London, written to sound mildly Victorian in diction and syntax. My kind of book. But I keep getting distracted, and sometimes I just completely forget about it.
6. Justice Hall by Laurie R. King, Page 2 of 331 – I know, I know, page 2? Why is it even here, right? Well, because I always have to have something stuck in a Mary Russell book these days.
7. Napoleon’s Pyramids by William Dietrich, Page 18 of 380 – I was really enjoying this, but it was a little dryer than the other things I was reading, so it was hard to pick up. I need to be in a historical mood to finish this one.
8. Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold, Page 158 of 838 – Don’t let that page count scare you, it’s actually multiple books in one. Miles is an absolutely fascinating character, Bujold has a great writing aesthetic, and it’s pure space opera. I don’t know why I haven’t finished at least one of the stories.
9. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, Page 33 of 314 – I’ve met Shannon Hale. I think she’s an absolute joy to be around and a lot of fun to listen to, but the beginning was a little slow for me, and not quite what I expected when I opted for reading for her Newberry winner.
10. Gunpowder Empire by Harry Turtledove, Page 93 of 288 – My longest-standing bookmark, and for a number of reasons. Sometimes this book is really fun, and sometimes it’s really boring. Time travel gone wrong and ancient Rome gets gunpowder. Oops. Unfortunately, the older Crosstime Traffic novels can be really hard to find; they haven’t really stayed in print, which is too bad. YA Turtledove is a lot less dense than adult Turtledove.
11. The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell, Page 85 of 560 – Classic Sci-fi. My Sci-fi moods are very finicky. Although I will admit, it is very well-written.
12. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Page 18 of 719 – I bought this in 2008, really excited because of the recommendations I’d had for it. Sadly, I found the first ten pages or so crude enough that I just couldn’t pull myself back into it. I’ll probably have to restart it from the beginning.
So, what about you? Do any of you have an ADD tendency with books? I certainly don’t expect anyone to match mine, ha.