I used to never read more than one book at a time. But, as the old adage goes, "Never say never."
If you happen to peek into my bedroom, you'll find several books on top of the nightstand . . . more stashed on shelf underneath . . . and sometimes a few piled on the floor.
Here's my current roundup of books I'm currently reading and those I'm oh-so-eager-to-read, with my recent picture book reads on top of the stacks.
Picture books are often my bedtime reading, just the right length for my shortened nighttime attention span. I try to read through the stacks of picture books I pick up from the library before I share them with the grand boys. I'm not sure they are ready for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, but it should be required reading for older children. I grew up in Oklahoma and knew very little about the 1921 Tulsa race riots until I read the the YA novel, Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham. If you haven't read Sophie Blackall's If You Come to Earth, then add it to your "must read" picture book list. Picture books often end up on the floor, ready to be carried downstairs and added to the book bag I take to Jack and Robby's house.
The stack on the left includes the "required" books I'm currently reading/need to read for upcoming book club meetings. Can you believe that I've never read a Louise Penny, Three Pines mystery? I'm so glad one of my book clubs decided to read Still Life.
The middle stack is filled with books I "choose" to read. Miss Benson's Beetle was one of the "unchosen" in our recent book club balloting for 2021-22. And so . . . I picked it up . . . and started reading . . . despite the required reading in my first stack. I want to read something . . . right . . . now . . . that promises to be "an absolute delight" (Elizabeth Berg) and "a pure joyride" (Lisa Wingate).
The stack of middle grade books on the right is a problem. I try to avoid having multiple middle grade books arrive at once because I always want to read more books than I have time to read. But Red, White, and Whole comes highly recommended and is a novel-in-verse, a structure I love. The other two titles are by authors I love: Just Like That by Gary Schmidt and The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling. Oh, sometimes I wish that I were a faster reader!
I hope you've found a title or two you might want to add to your WTR (want to read) list. Please excuse me, it's time for lunch and I want to begin Red. White and Whole!