Does anyone else have this problem? When I get a chance to just sit down and read a book, I often struggle to settle on a title, because my eclectic tastes in literature cause me a great amount of turmoil sometimes. Subsequently, I find that I can only really concentrate on a book, and stick it out to the end, if I am “in the mood” for it.
Due to this, I often start a book, and for whatever reason, have to set it aside for a good while. Then, when I come back to it, I find that, despite the fact that it’s well-written and in a genre I enjoy, if I am not feeling that particular mindset, I can’t dig in. Consequently, I always seem to have at least three books at any given time just sitting on the shelf with bookmarks in them.
I think I am going to resolve to complete those before I start in on a new one. I am currently reading Gauntlegrym by RA Salvatore. But, I really only read it at work, during breaks and such. So, I think that will stay here. At home, I am going to start working on the ones that I really want to finish. I think first up will be The Lion of Cairo by Scott Oden. I’m about half way through it, so I should be able to dig in. His writing and characters are very memorable, so I doubt I will have any trouble settling in if I put my mind to it.
That’s my one saving grace; I seem to have a knack for picking up a book that I started but put down months ago, and getting right back into it without having to move backwards to “refresh.” I just did that with a Mack Bolan book. I had gotten about ¾ of the way through it a couple of months back, but had to set it aside due to many factors. But, when I picked it back up the other day, I got right back in and finished it up within a couple of days.
On the writing front, the next Orc story is progressing nicely. I posted a tease about it on Facebook yesterday, and got some interesting responses. I think this one will surprise some people, even though the plot will probably be predictable and maybe just a pinch cliché. But, it’s more about the characters for me.