It’s been a long time since I’ve had reading deadlines.
But I recently joined a wonderful book club and now often find myself having to figure out my reading schedule.
I used to read at my own pace. And when I finished a book, I would decide what book to read next and start that one. All very simple and straightforward.
And this is the approach I took after I joined the book club. Oops.
I was reading Americanah with a couple of hundred pages to go when I realized that I had three days until my next book club meeting (and I hadn’t even started our selection). I don’t want to rush through Americanah so what do I do? I sighed, reluctantly setting aside Adichie’s book for later.
Other times, I find myself finishing the book too early. I want the ideas and my reactions to be fresh in my mind, not buried under my thoughts of two or three other books.
And, sometimes, it works out. I had two weeks to read Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses (which I just loved – having the two weeks, but also the novel itself). A great pick by my book club.
I’ll get better at organizing my reading schedule in time, no doubt.