Between Books

I finished the fourth book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series a few nights ago. I have the fifth installment waiting for me on my bookshelf. Why haven’t I picked it up yet?

There are a few reasons.

  1. Martin’s books are long, which means that it will be a while until I am able to pick a new book.
  2. If I finish the fifth book in the series, I’ll have to wait for the sixth book to be released anyway, so why rush? After all, it took Martin a few years longer than anticipated to release book five.
  3. There are at least three other new books that I have sitting on my book shelf that I also want to read.
  4. I keep thinking about the advice that C. S. Lewis gave on reading books: “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”  Maybe I should pick up a book that I’ve read before.
  5. Being between books is akin to having all possibilities open before me, and I don’t know if I want to give that up.

Those are my reasons. Well, except for the last one. That one should probably be interpreted in that I have trouble deciding between two or three good options. But that just seemed too honest to say outright.

So I turn to you, Reader.

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