What to do when two eagerly awaited holds arrive at the same time? Which one to sacrifice so that the next reader on the list can get it?
Facing this dilemma with Bring up the bodies and The Forrests, both with glowing reviews, I did something I would never have done when I had a stricter attitude to starting a book and not finishing it. I read the first chapter of each and then chose.
Being reluctant to close Bring up the bodies after finishing my café coffee, made me decide that The Forrests had to come back. Despite Emily Perkins rocking a little black dress in a manner worthy of Audrey Hepburn at the final Montana Book Awards, despite her being a friend of my hero Geoff Dyer, despite readers I respect naming Novel about my wife as one of their all-time best books, I’ll go back to the bottom of the list for The Forrests and immerse myself in the last days of Anne Boleyn.
It’s good to have a goal and reading The Forrests before Emily Perkins arrives for The Press Writers Festival in September is doable, I think. Plus, the closer to the festival the better the chance of remembering a good question to ask at her sessions.
How do you choose the next book off the pile?