Currently Reading--Too Many Things At Once
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
I really should know better. For the last few weeks I have been reading five million books at once, give or take a million. My usual method is to have two books going at once, one fiction and one nonfiction, but somehow I just kept starting books until it got completely out of hand.
I spent quite a while binge reading a science fiction series that belongs to my son. I am not sure why, other than Lois McMaster Bujold I am not really a huge science fiction reader. However, a world of aliens, spacecraft, new worlds, and the occasional battle seems to have been just what I was in the mood for. Pure escapism.
At the same time, I am reading The Victorians by A. N. Wilson. I know, could I possibly have picked anything more different? I read Victoria--A Life by the same author earlier this year and was fascinated by it. I am finding this one a bit heavier going since it is about a time period instead of an individual but it is still very interesting. I just read about the Irish potato famine. Absolutely horrifying.
When I was raiding my son's bookshelves for science fiction I came across Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. He enjoyed it and wants me to pick up the rest of the series as I come across them. I also believe Hamlette from The Edge of the Precipice recommended them to me. I am about halfway through and my son says I am just reaching the good part. I must admit all the sailing jargon put me off a bit but I am persevering since the series is so beloved by many.
These are the only two book I have bought recently and I am reading one of them. Lory at The Emerald City Book Review is co-hosting a read-along of Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. She already posted the discussion questions for the week but since I am reading five million books at once I am a bit behind with this one. I am finding it absolutely fascinating though and keep inflicting interesting pieces of information on my family. Always a sign of a good book. I read a review of The Perfect Summer on a blog somewhere and promptly bought it. Now I can't remember which blog it was. I need to start writing these things down. I am not letting myself start it until I finish a few other books.
I also picked up Me Before You by JoJo Moyes at the library when I took my daughter on Saturday but I abandoned it half read because I was finding it so irritating. It seems to be a popular book and I know a movie was made of it but it seemed predictable and I just had no desire to continue. Now maybe if aliens had shown up and abducted the two main characters and there had been a huge space battle and the heroine had saved the day....
Do you read five million books at once? What have you been reading lately?