Over the past two weeks I fell into an obsession with suspense novels. I finished Under My Skin by Sabine Durrant and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I started novels by Sophie Hannah, S.J. Bolton, Laura Lippman and Koethi Zan and checked out others by Megan Abbott and Chevy Stevens, Though I’ve always liked suspense novels I have only read them sporadically through the years so I’m surprised I fell so hard for them. I think the obsession is over, however. Yesterday I just couldn’t make myself read any of them and I have started all over with my reading today.
I started To the North by Elizabeth Bowen this rainy morning, downloaded The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (the new winner of the National Book Award) and dipped into the Paris Review interviews with women writers including Anne Sexton, Rebecca West and Eudora Welty.
Sometimes my reading life drives me mad – my tastes seem to change by the day and even by the hour. I’ve decided not to fight this fluctuation. There is no reason for me to feel guilty about dropping a book and starting something completely different. Do you feel a crazy turbulence in your reading life or are you steady in your tastes?
My Classics Club spin book is Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. What did you draw?
Enjoy your weekend!