I keep looking at my "Recent Reads" list on the sidebar of my blog, trying to figure out what to do with it.
I stopped updating it in late 2020, when my husband was very sick and I had no time to read.
I took up reading again soon after his death. Along with work, it was the only way I could escape, for an hour or two, the desperate sadness I felt about his suffering and our losses. It was also my only hope for getting some sleep. I would read myself into a stupor, turn out the light, and - most times - fall asleep before the video in my head would start playing again.
But I didn't have the energy or the interest to keep track of what I read. And I was reading what I think of as undemanding books, with predictable plots and happy endings - books I usually would have passed over. They weren't books I would necessarily recommend and they weren't ones I wanted to admit I was reading, to be honest. But they were what I needed just then. In fact, I am still choosing them over more complicated books and definitely over books with sad or uncertain endings.
I don't think any of us, including me, needs to be a shrink to figure out why.
But the point I'm trying to make is that I stopped recording them in my sidebar.
I did stack up the actual physical books and take pictures of them so I could create a list if I wanted to in future.
But I don't think I want to do that.The list is already too long and it will probably get longer as I get back to more complex books. And none of them are "recent" now, so I'll probably change the title.
So I'll be selectively deleting books from the list, keeping only those that impressed me.
I know some of you have a list in your blog sidebar like I do. What makes the list? What doesn't? Do the rest of you keep a list in some other format? Tell me all about it.
UPDATE: I changed my mind. At the suggestion of Elephant's Child, I've decided to set up a page with old reads on it. Will start a 2022 list in the sidebar shortly :)