I feel a bit stressed out about my choices this month. I have a lot of long to very long books on my list. Here's the list of remaining titles with length:
All The King's Men: 672 pages
Best and the Brightest: 720 pages
Blind Assassin: 544 pages
Book of Night Women: 432 pages
Bound: 336 pages
Charlie Wilson's War: 520 pages
Country Driving: 488 pages
Cutting for Stone: 667 pages
Embracing Defeat: 680 pages
Matterhorn: 640 pages
Private Life: 416 pages
Warmth of Other Suns: 640 pages
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: 356 pages
I mean, what in the hell was I thinking? Remember last February? I was able to breeze right through Amsterdam and get to Tournament reading. This year, I just don't know what to do. The good news is that I've already complete 8 of the 16 Tournament books, so that's actually looking pretty good moving forward.
Want to weigh in and help me decide? Here are the 3 I'm considering with pros and cons for each:
Pros: It's shorter than almost everything else on the list. It was given to me by a parent of one of my students. This woman's name (also Jennifer) and I run into each other at the Starbucks and talk about what we've been reading. She's a serious reader and she knows what she likes, and so I trust the recommendation.
Cons: Despite the recommendation, the topic of the book just doesn't sound super interesting to me, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. Also, it's a novel and I'll be reading a lot of novels this month.
Pros: In the scheme of things also short. Next month, I start teaching Africa books to the kids. Although I'd never have them read this, it's always good to know more and have more background.
Cons: This book has a reputation for being brutally depressing.
Pros: Recommended to me by Erik, who has a pretty good sense of the kind of non-fiction I tend to like. Of all the titles above, it's the only one available in the Kindle lending library for Prime members, so I can read it FOR FREE on my Kindle. I've seen the movie, so I'm already familiar with the basics of the plot.
Cons: It's much longer than the others.
What do you think? If you have any thoughts, I'd love to hear them.