I'm curious - does anyone else have a problem with transitions between books?
I find the time between finishing one book and beginning another frustrating and unsettling. I can't decide what to read next. It's not for lack of choice. My kindle is loaded and my chair-side (I'm not sure what to call it but it is home to my 'books to be read' pile) is overflowing.
Rather the problem is what to choose - making the 'right' choice. Will I be engaged? Will I be moved? Will I want to read on? Will it be 'worth' the investment in time and effort. So much to choose from; such a gamble. I'm not keen on starting a book, not liking what I find and ditching it. When I start a book I want to persevere - and I want to read thoroughly, not skim the surface. So the choice is important - loaded, freighted - made even more difficult when I have especially loved a book and fear that nothing could compare...
So, in the time since my return from Europe I've filled my (very limited) reading time with newspapers and back issues of the Listener, putting off the decision. But I think I am gravitating towards Maureen Birchfield's Looking for answers: A life of Elsie Locke. Because it is sitting, invitingly, at the top of my chair-side pile. And because I have admired Elsie Locke all my life for her authorship and her activism.
I'll let you know if I do and what I think :-)