|View from our campsite last year!|
I will be bringing my Kindle, which has a few romances I won or bought over the past year, but the main things I want to read are books I never got around to. I'm half-way through A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, one of the books I rescued from my late father's collection before I donated the rest to a local used book store. It's mildly amusing, but nowhere near the "delight, roaring, rollicking, foot-stomping wonder" that the cover proclaims it to be. But this copy was published in 1980...maybe tastes were different back then? At that time I was a newly-graduated English teacher who had absolutely no time to read, since I was writing lesson plans and grading papers 24/7! But having invested time already, I'm prepared to soldier on to finish, so I can say I've read it.
I also plan to read two classics that somehow escaped me before: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (also from Dad's books), and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. One of my sons used to want to be an English major because he loves to read and indeed, becomes obsessed when he finds an author he admires. So he owns not only all of the novels written by Vonnegut, but also collections of essays and even a book of letters that he exchanged with a fan. I've already read and enjoyed two of his other books. But to say that my son "likes" Vonnegut is a huge understatement.
And the last book I'm planning to read? We're avid sci-fi nerds in my house. Between us we own all of the incarnations of Star Trek, all of the Star Wars and Babylon 5 movies, a Canadian vampire series called Forever Knight, and every season of Doctor Who and its British spin-off, Torchwood. So when the Goodreads group of Dr. Who fans recommended Harvest of Time, a book written by Alastair Reynolds, one of Britain's premier sci-fi authors, involving the third incarnation of the Doctor, I knew I had to get that book before vacation. I plan to be the first to read it since I paid for it! But I'm sure husband and the two kids who go with us will be arm-wrestling for who gets to read it next. Or maybe I'll just do with it like we did with all of the Harry Potter books, the Artemus Fowl books, and other series' that we enjoyed, and I'll read it aloud, a few chapters each night, around the campfire. Either that or my husband will read us another Christopher Moore novel, since he owns all of his books...are you sensing a family trait here?
Since I've been on a non-fiction binge lately, reading books involving cultural anthropology, this will be a welcome change...some "light" reading, as it were. I'm really looking forward to this!
Of course I'll still be writing while I'm there, even though the lack of electricity will mean that when my laptop needs to be recharged, I'll have to fight the kids for the two outlets in the car-charger unit and hope the truck's battery won't suffer. I've already gotten a contract for the sequel to my latest book, For The Love Of His Life. The sequel is called Only One Man Will Do. And I've got two stories swirling in my head, one of which is started in the laptop, the other is in outline form on notebook paper.
My question to you is: Do you read in the genre you write in? I try not to for fear that I might inadvertently steal another author's ideas. When I crave a romance, I usually pick paranormal or fantasy, while I write contemporary. But I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks like this?
If you leave a response, please don't be offended if it takes a while for me to comment. We'll only head into town a few times, and I won't be going on-line until I have time to kill, sitting around doing laundry in a the local Laundromat. But I do want to hear your answers!
TTFN-- Ta-ta for now.