I have that Guilt Stack calling out to me, haunting me, the books I should read and review for Early Reviewer and publisher programs. My rebellious streak kicks in, even though I know at least one of them is a really good book. I've had a couple of false starts on one, but then something more interesting draws me away. I've stopped requesting Early Review books for now. I can't take the guilt.
And there are a few I have to read in the next month - for book group and for the author blog tour. Up for these are Three Cups of Tea and The 19th Wife. I'm looking forward to both of these, but am trying to time it so I'll allow plenty of time to read them and they'll be fresh in my sieve of a mind when the events come around. Scheduled reading is not my cup of tea.
And then there are those that just beg for my attention because they're really what I want to be reading - right now it's Rose Tremain's Music and Silence which, in spite of the noisy Guilt Stack, I will be hunkering down with today. Last week it was The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (wonderful Southern US lit that seemed like a cross between To Kill a Mockingbird and Grapes of Wrath) and a couple of weeks ago, Tipping the Velvet grabbed me and wouldn't let go (oooo la la!).
How do you decide what to read next? Are you driven by guilt or desire?
Enjoy your Sunday and the rest of your week. And don't think about the collapse of the global economy; read a good book.