Admittedly, this title is a little bit of an exaggeration. However, has it ever occurred to you that there’s a certain point where you’re reading too! many! books!? I know, I never thought that I would hear myself (watch myself?) say this, but I don’t quite understand how I got myself into this mess.
Somehow, I am currently reading:
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison
‘Pick a book on Westward Expansion’, Mr History Teacher said. ‘Pick a book that vaguely relates to Hamilton: An American Musical’, my brain said.
Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane
I have been waiting to read Sarah Kane’s works ever since Katie Mitchell’s production of the brutal Cleansed (which I finished this morning, and is haunting and violent but not recommended for children), and I am in love.
Medea by Euripides
Again! I love it, so why the hell not? Gives me an excuse to not read Wuthering Heights, anyway.
The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson
History A-Level. Enough said.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare
I am supposed to be assistant directing a production of this for school, a task that I’m looking forward to on one hand, but on the other, I’m dreading. I love this play, but I’m terrified of the potential ‘amateurish’ atmosphere – I swear that if I get a whiff of painted woodland scenery or fairy wings and tutus, I’m going to sabotage it. But then I’m also worried that I’ve been too affected by Peter Brook’s Dream and this will just look like a copycat version. Help me.
Wuthering bloody Heights by Emily Bronte
Will I ever finish this?
Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
Don’t read this. It’s awful. I am bored to tears, and would rather rip my eyes out than carry on.
I’m also struggling my way through four different Spanish articles sobre las ventajas y desvatajas del internet, por lo tanto soy FIGURATIVELY CRYING because I don’t speak Spanish. On the upside, I’ve also sucked myself into a vortex of Morality of Art essays that are surprisingly interesting.
Does anyone have any tips on how to finish books quickly? It’s certainly a skill that I’ll need to finish Wuthering Heights – if I ever finish it at all – and the US Constitution is up next on my hit list, so it could also come in handy then. Until that point, however, I’m stuck sharing my bed with seven books, due to lack of eligible human.
What are you currently reading? If it’s as many as me, HOW ARE YOU COPING?