"Time is a river, and books are boats."
--- Dan Brown
Unlike past summers, this year I decided not to play Book Bingo. It was hard at first. So many of you in the blogosphere were planning your cards and choosing titles and reporting early BINGOs. In this FOMO (fear of missing out) world, it's hard to swim against the tide!
But this was the right decision for me. It's been delightful to just . . . read . . . this summer. Whatever title strikes my fancy. However many pages. Whatever the color of the cover. Or whether it matches my knitting. No matter the year the author was born. Or who the narrator is.
I've been reading at a slower pace this summer -- really savoring each book, and taking the time to write summaries and notes and take down quotes. I'm giving myself . . . space . . . around each book -- a kind of pause between books. Sure, that means I've read fewer books this summer than in previous years. But I'm sure I'll remember them with more clarity by the time next summer rolls around!
I've really enjoyed reading all the book reviews and BINGO calls this summer -- but I'm happy with my own decision, and I don't feel like I missed out on the fun at all. (If you want to check out the books I have read this summer, you can visit my Goodreads page by clicking on the link at the bottom of the sidebar.)
Here's a little book-related tidbit for all you fans of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels. HBO is putting out a television mini-series based on the books, beginning with My Brilliant Friend, and then continuing through the rest of the series. Read all about it here and here.