Seriously. Why do I think I can read all of these books in the allotted time, particularly when I need to read review books almost exclusively in order to actually stay on track with the baby coming? I’ve found that I’ll pick up the YA I’ve taken out, or some quick fiction if I need something different between review books, but I can’t really read anything non-review that will take me more than a day, day and 1/2 right now. When I went to the library yesterday, I returned 5 books, 3 of which are unread. Now, they’re not due until next weekend, but there is no way I can read them and stay up with my commitments, so I returned them (and added them to my ‘preferred searches’ list at the library) in order to mitigate the temptation. Here’s what I sadly returned unread (for now):
Even as I had to return books I haven’t read, and even though I haven’t yet read anything I took out last week, here I am this week with four more books and two audiobooks.
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
The World in Halfby Cristina Henriquez
The Virgin Queen’s Daughter by Ella March Chase
The Book of Love by Kathleen McGowan
The audiobooks won’t be a problem, but the only one of the books I can guarantee I will get through (even though I REALLY want to read all of them) is “The Chosen One.” I know this partly because everyone’s talking about it so I won’t be able to resist, partly because it is young adult so probably a quick read, and partly because I want to read it alongside my April LibraryThing Early Reviewers book that showed up yesterday, “Lost Boy” by Brent W. Jeffs. Yes, Jeffs, as in related to famous polygamist Warren Jeffs. Since it is a memoir about him leaving the polygamist compound it seems like and interesting mini-theme read. If I had more time, I’d take Carolyn Jessop’s “Escape” from my TBR stack at the same time and read all three. I may still have to do that, hmm..
In case you’re curious, here are the 20 items I currently have checked out from the library: