The great vacation book catch-up

I made a delicious dinner of pulled pork sandwiches, but now I’m ready to hibernate and I couldn’t think of a topic for tonight. I glanced up from my laptop screen for only a moment and discovered, duh, I have the answer right in front of me. I’m referring to the well-stocked, largely-neglected bookshelves in my living room.

My habit of buying new books before I finish reading all of the ones I have isn’t exactly a secret. It’s actually the opposite, given how often I’ve mentioned it on multiple occasions. However, I have a vacation coming up soon. Once I survive–no, dominate–these next six days of work I will have at least a little time to sit back, relax, and get some reading done. I plan on getting back to working on stories and my novel, too, so that’s rather important, but this is more about reading. I’ve got three books I’d like to finish before returning to work, and so here they are (and why I’m reading them out of my options) in no particular order.

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

I may have to start this one over, actually. I remember most of the narrative up until where I’m at, but I may just do so out of respect and a desire to really take in every detail in the book. Shari Goldhagen has crafted such easy-to-relate-to characters that it reads less like a work of fiction than it does traveling down memory lane. None of the characters are without flaws, and watching their multiple narratives converge in the different ways they do makes this one Hell of a good read. I still, I’m rather embarrassed to admit, owe it a proper review once I finish reading.

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success  by Kevin Dutton

This book caught my eye thanks to a great title, similarly great cover art, and my endless curiosity regarding psychology. The synopsis held my interests, and a wonderful whim purchase was made…only to fall by the wayside. I admit that I’m tempted to start reading it now, but I feel like that would be cheating on Interesting Times a bit, seeing how I started that reread a bit ago in honor/memory of Sir Terry Pratchett.

The Color of Magic (or The Colour of Magic) by Terry Pratchett

There are so many Disworld books I haven’t read yet, so it seemed appropriate to get the first ones and work my way through the various plot-lines and so on. I especially enjoy the books that focus heavily on Rincewind, the Unseen University, and Death, but I’m trying to make sure I continue to read more.

Super-Extra Bonus Goal – Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Naturally, I acknowledge I may (read as “probably”) won’t finish all of these books during my vacation. That doesn’t mean I won’t try, however, in the same way that I plan on getting my shit back together and returning to writing a little fiction each day. Starting on my vacation, though. Next week looks pretty involved as it is. Speaking of involved things, I need to count how many more days of this self-inflicted torment are left soon.

How many of you have set reading goals for the near, or distant, future? What books are you all planning to read?

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