I'm not sure if the early months following the holiday's if the weather, the lack of activity, and so forth leads itself to better reading opportunities.
Yet, somehow I find myself always hitting a wall sometime between May & June in my reading and not finding the ability to pick it up again until after the New Year.
I'm trying though. I really am.
The first part of the year the notable books I read incidentally were all very different types of books.
* Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon (another gift by a favorite author, but who knew I would enjoy this book of essays on genre fiction so much)
* In The Garden Of The North American Martyrs: Stories by Tobias Wolfe (I rarely read a short story collect, but with a group discussion at the direction of Amy I through myself into the project and loved it)
It's not an expansive list, and I wish it were more exhaustive. I do love reading. But there's so many distractions.
I had an epic fail with my attempt to read Brighton Rock by Graham Greene- A month and only 40 pages in led me to stop.
Currently I'm desperately dragging my heels on the recently awarded Pulitzer prize winning novel Tinkers by Paul Harding - which is so tiny I should be done being that I started in August. But I can only make excuses.
I guess what this means is I need to prioritize my Spring 2011 reading so I get in what I really want to read. And maybe, if I'm optimistic (and focused) I can put a couple more, or at least one more, under my belt before year end.