February was a rather lean month. Between working very long hours at a new school and trying to juggle a few other projects and responsibilities, my reading (and writing) tapered off more than I’m happy with. I also started Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing, a book of Moby-Dick proportions, and Bolano’s The Savage Detectives, a book of Moby-Dick plus half again proportions. I’ve made progress, but both of these books -in addition to their not insubstantial length- are slow reads.
I’m still on track to finish reading 100 books in 2015. I won’t have to work this summer, so even if I do fall a bit behind, I’ve got plenty of time to catch up. As important as reading and writing are to me, I’m not going to sacrifice spending time with the people I love and creating memorable personal experiences with them in pursuit of an artificial goal. Neither will I change my reading focus to short novellas and easy-reading, unchallenging fiction. The purpose of setting out to read 100 books in 2015 was and remains to read widely and thoroughly. That is my primary objective. But I’m still gonna try my best to crack 100, because, you know. It’s a hundred.
Best book finished this February: Kerry Howley’s Thrown.