So sings David Coverdale in “Here I Go Again,” and so it goes with me to use a more literary reference than Whitesnake. I don’t know exactly what my next read will be after today, but I know I’ve finished six books so far this year and am working on my seventh, Nemesis by Jo Nesbø. I mentioned the six in the post “Six down, at least 43 to go” earlier in the week.
I also know that the TBR pile has been culled (thanks to a comment on that post that reminded me how boring the one series I thought I wanted to read is) and then added to since that post to now stand at 39. I also have another resource besides my Nook, my own bookshelf and my hometown library (where I work) to find not only books that are on the pile, but also books that can be added to the pile. That resource is the Free Library of Philadelphia, from which I just received my card and now can check out e-books.
Anyone who is 65 or older or who has a valid card with an Access PA sticker from another Pennsylvania library can obtain a Free Library card without charge by filling out an online application and so as someone who has a valid card with an Access PA sticker from another Pennsylvania library (or at least is a member of an Access PA library), I decided to take advantage of that. Now I have two books on hold at the Free Library of Philadelphia, including the one I’m reading now. I just want to see if it comes in before I finish it. The other one is Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, the first in the Philip Marlowe series.
As for what I’ll read next, I don’t know. A few commenters highly recommended Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and at least two suggested the audiobook version of Bossypants by Tina Fey, which I purchased last month from Audible. But depending on how the rest of Nemesis goes (so far, so good), I might want to delve more into Nesbø’s books. I already do know I want to continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. II during my dinner hours at work, but along with that, I’m not sure what I’ll include. The only good thing is I now have a good list from which to start. Now (to mix musical metaphors) I just have to galvanize and push the button.
So how was your reading in January? What do you have on your radar for February? What have you already started? What are you considering reading next?
In addition to talking about my next reads in the upcoming months, I also participated in Poetry: Read More/Blog More on Jan. 31 by contributing my own poem and looked back on how I’m doing so far with the three resolutions I made at the start of the year.