What do I mean by a reading path? Good question, especially since I just made the phrase up.
What I mean is, how does your present reading inform your future reading? Does it? It’s okay if it doesn’t. Mine does, but I don’t know if it works that way for others, and that’s why I’m asking. For instance, a couple of weeks ago I ready Lily Kings, Writers & Lovers and because of that I borrowed and am at the beginning of her book Euphoria. I also borrowed Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s Oceanic which I was drawn to after reading her book of essays, World of Wonders.
Even a recommendation on a book’s cover can change or further my book path. While reading World of Wonders, I noticed Kiese Laymon’s recommendation for the book. The next time I heard his name was while driving to one of the schools I work at. He was being interviewed on NPR and after he spoke his interviewer mentioned his memoir, Heavy. That book is now in library inter-loan transit soon to be added to my TBR stack. Amazing how one writer can lead you to learn about another.
Within my TBR stack I have a book that I wouldn’t have necessarily looked to find except for the fact I was in the poetry stacks looking for Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s and Padraig O Tuama’s books and found Upstream, Mary Oliver’s book of essays.
My book path is most of the time obvious, but I always like when serendipity shows itself in a selection or a reference to something I’ve just read or learned of. I was listening to a podcast of Poetry Unbound and heard about a form of poetry called a ghazel. That night I was reading the book Alif, The Unseen by G. Willow Wilson and came across the same form of poetry mentioned by a character in the book. Hearing an unfamiliar term twice in one day is amazing. It’s funny how often that type of thing happens.
What’s your book path? Please share, I’d love to hear about it.