This is the pile of books on my bedside table. I have started reading all but two of them: Surfing Through Hyperspace and Genius. Am I making progress on the pile over this mini-break for Thanksgiving? No. I picked up a novel I’ve read before, instead.
To be honest, Death in the Andes is hard to get into, and not particularly pleasant. I have already read many of the stories collected in The Winds of Marble Arch (Connie Willis is one of my favorite authors, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of her novel All Clear next year.) Physics of the Impossible and Krakatoa are fascinating and engrossing (yes, both!), and I go through little bursts of reading one or the other for several days over breakfast. I haven’t picked up Driving Mr. Albert in over a year–both it and Krakatoa had used to live in the basement lavatory until I rescued them this summer, and I started back in on the one but not the other. Guns, Germs, and Steel is something I keep meaning to get back to, but I feel like I ought to read some of the others first as it is a relatively recent addition to the pile.
I have in fact removed three books from the pile this past year, having finished them.
What’s on your bedside table (or equivalent)? Which of these should I try to finish first?