Over on the right side of this blog is a long list of book covers showing the books I read in 2008 (thanks to LibraryThing that supplies this nifty blog widget). What are the 2008 books still doing there? Isn't it time to throw out the old and ring in the new? Here it is January 6 already. The answer is that I have yet to finish a book in 2009. As soon as I finish one, I will update the book cover widget so it starts showing 2009 book covers and ditches the 2008 covers. I'm leaving the 2008 list up as an inspiration to me to get going. It is taking me a long time to get some 2009 titles up there because the two books I chose to start off my reading year are really long. I'm listening to The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley on my iPod. It seems like I've been listening forever and I'm only a tenth of the way through it. It moves at real time, I swear. The other slow goer is Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, my book club book for this month. It took me a while to get into it, because I had to get used to all the different voices mixed up together and the stream of conscious parts like the psychedelic dream sequence at about page 50. But it has gotten under my skin. Now I feel like I'm living with those Stampers down in their river compound. I have another 400 pages or so to go before book club on the 21st. I also started Water the Bamboo by Greg Bell, for when I need a break from the Kesey book. This one is short and I will probably finish it first. Then I can change the book cover widget.