I’m reading two books right now – I usually don’t do this. I’m a pretty organized person and reading two books at the same time just doesn’t usually work for me. Plus, I usually end up liking one better and just switching over to that one fully. So anyway, that is kind of what is happening now. I was reading An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England (Brock Clarke), got a little sidetracked, and started on A Reliable Wife (Robert Goolrick).
I’m really liking Reliable although I have a slight fear that it’s going to end up being cheesy (I don’t do cheesy or sappy). It also could easily turn into a trashy romance novel. So I do have some reservations, but I like it so far and I had put Arson away because I just wasn’t that into it. But, I’ve just stumbled on this Shelf Monkey blog post and am intrigued again with Arson. The last line, “Pulsifer examines the effect stories have on people, and how people are desperate to have stories of their own,” is so interesting. Do stories really make Sam who he is? Do others’ stories have an impact on me? Am I desperate to have a story of my own?
Not sure which one I’ll pick up next, but both are so different and so interesting, that I really can’t lose.