It rarely happens but – it happens.
I was having an extremely hard time yesterday deciding which book to pick up next… There is a nice pile of Russian literature waiting by the pillow since I aimed for a “Russian Winter”. Tolstoy, Sholokhov, Pasternak, rereading Pushkin… I am still aiming for it, actually… The problem emerged when, reading Paris Review interview with A.S. Byatt, I felt a desire to immediately throw myself into one of her novels. Remembering the experience I had with Possession only added more flames to the fire. But, it could not be – unless I was to read it on my laptop. One book a month is OK, but three or four is out of the question. I certainly don’t want to worsen my eye-sight.
I also had to say goodbye to all the other wonderful, alluring ideas coming to my mind: a month of E.M. Forster, discovering Joyce Cary’s First Trilogy or continuing The Border Trilogy, finding out what Barbara Pym is like, or Maupassant… Checking my list of books to read, I noticed that great many of them, around 80% or even more, are available to me as e-books only. I need to get myself a Kindle.
To restore my good humor, I started reading Howard’s End is on the Landing (can’t help it, I love reading about reading) and it proved to be a good choice. In the second chapter Hill tells about book titles:
A good title makes a pattern, has a rhythm and can be rolled very satisfactorily round in the mouth, even recited like a verse to cheer up dull moments.
Just what I needed. I merrily dug myself into the all-books Shelfari shelf and made a list of some of my favorite titles:
- Winesburg, Ohio
- All the Pretty Horses
- My Family And Other Animals
- Some Do Not
- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
- Flight Behavior
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
- One Hundred Years of Solitude
- 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making
- If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
- Fishing for Amber
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Wide Sargasso Sea
- Grapes of Wrath
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy