A stack makes a poem

Theresa’s post, ‘Visual Poem – stack of books in a cafe‘, inspired me to share this post. I found her visual poem interestingly stimulating.

I had taken pictures of my books-to-read last year hoping to get pushed to get done with my reading by posting it on my Instagram and sharing the date I intend to read all of them.

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I did not post on Instagram.

I did read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ first because I wanted to refresh my memory of the story before tackling ‘Go Set a Watchman’. I had read it in high school in the early to mid 80s so that was a long time ago.

I bought Watchman before Mockingbird and I started reading the former but it didn’t grab me as much as the latter did. I have not returned to it yet despite having read a good review by a fellow blogger. I do need to get on with it.

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Instead of tackling the three books waiting for my attention, I bought an addition. I was looking for a light read for the holidays. I chose the familiar, Danielle Steel. Not only had she inspired me before, my fiction writing (nothing published) years ago had been influenced by her, too. Alas, the holidays were too busy and I didn’t even read a paragraph of it.

As if not enough, the first month of the year saw me with the best of intentions. I purchased Stephen King‘s ‘On Writing’. The reason is pretty obvious, I think.

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Unfortunately, and I have to admit that it isn’t only because life happens but because I have not prioritized reading, I have not finished reading a single book on my side table stack.

I have read several chapters of my autographed copy of ‘The Drug of Hope’, a gift from the author. The author is an acquaintance. I would have liked to call Frank a friend but I don’t want to be presumptuous. I find it intriguing and despite it being too graphic and almost morbid, I just didn’t get a chance to get back to it yet. My father-in-law even finished reading it before me.

I also started with Lisa’s ‘Who are you, again?’ but I guess a few pages don’t count for much. Like Frank, I would consider Lisa a friend but let us settle for acquaintance. I have to double-check if my copy is signed. I think so; I bought it at the launch. That is how long it has been since I opened the book.

My stack remains (as they have been stacked since last year on my bedside table)…

On Writing
Who Are You, Again?
The Drug of Hope
Go Set a Watchman

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Let me correct myself here. I have a new book on top of the stack – ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass’ (Lewis Carroll). I hope to get my little princess to be interested in reading. I read a few pages to her one night. She fell asleep. She has not asked me again to read to her.

I promise to finish one book this month. They can’t possibly wait two or three years as Leo Tolstoy has been waiting for me to finally finish reading ‘Anna Karenina’ (Kindle) and ‘War and Peace’ (Print). (I have over 100 pages of Anna under my belt; not quite of War.)


13 thoughts on “A stack makes a poem

  1. I love this, Anne! You are so good at narrating your thought process for each of these books and what went on behind your selecting the book. It’s like being on a journey with you. I would urge you to totally let go of self-blame for not finishing a book … don’t feel guilty! You are writing, you are reading when you can, you are living your life … tall the important things! 🙂 :: HUGS ::
    p.s. just sent you an update on Cinderella project. Here I am in the U.S., it’s almost midnight, and there it’s already morning-time … what a thing a global project is. 🙂 Have a WONDERFUL day!

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    1. They stare at me every night. 😂 I do my best to not feel guilty. Coincidentally, I started writing a piece on guilt… being Catholic and all that. I must finish it. Thank you so much for your encouragement. Cinderella is taking shape. I’m so excited and happy. I tweeted something on a literary agent. We might be onto something with the plan for future projects — retelling… 😆 I really need to sleep. Will catch up in the morning. Mwah! Hugs. 🤗💖

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  2. “On Writing” is a fairly easy read filled with nuggets of wisdom – though it did take me two years after acquiring it to finally read it 😉 Don’t feel bad about your TBR waiting for you – I have several books that have waited years *gulp* before they were read… and others are still waiting.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ronel. The encouragement and reassurance means a lot. I should at least open “On Writing” especially that I’m writing. 😁 Let’s not go there… there’s a book called ” The Virtue of Selfishness”… ah, I shall keep quiet. 😂 I’m surely happy to have company in you. 🤗💖

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  3. I’ve got a few “to finish” books on my list as well, and keep wondering if I should make a list for the year or not? Ah well, here’s to reading, whether finishing the old or starting (and finishing) the new!

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    1. I think a list is okay, provided we don’t feel too bad when the list doesn’t get shorter. But, it sure is good to scratch titles off the list one at a time. 😄 Thank you so much for dropping by and for interacting. 🤗💖

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