There are many, many types of readers that walk through the doors of Island Books, and some of them are like me. If I am reading a new novel, and have been captured by the story, I find it nearly impossible to put down. The drive to find out what happens to the characters overrides almost everything, including sleep. I still remember reading The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye on a summer vacation, realizing it was 1am and I had at least half the book still to go. It was one of the few times I actually put the book down and finished it the next day.
Needless to say, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to be more sensible when it comes to evening reading. Lately my solution has been collections of personal essays. You can read one or two, and then put the book down for the next night. Here are two new collections, and one old one that would be a welcome addition to most any bedside table ... continued