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Reading Right Now

I like to jump from book to book, but to keep them all straight I usually read my different books during specific portions of my day.  Anyone else do that?

Here’s a look at what I’m reading right now:

Breakfast Book: A Live Coal in the Sea, by Madeleine L’Engle

Not her best, but still compelling.  The plot is a bit melodramatic, the characters are interesting but not fleshed out as well as in her later works.  But despite all that, there’s still an undeniable L’engle-ness that makes it interesting and out of the ordinary.  Even when it’s not her best, it’s still better than a lot!  L’Engle does soap opera with depth and a dash of science, perfect for leisurely breakfasts on the weekend and occasionally a dinner when Sam is working late.

Bus Book: The Magician King, by Lev Grossman

I can usually grab a seat on the bus on the way to and from work, so now I fill the time reading on my Kindle iPhone app.  After finishing Among Others by Jo Walton, I was hankering for some more Fantasy.  I loved The Magician, and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get around to the sequel.  I guess I was daunted by the length; sometimes I feel like I’m under pressure to finish books quickly, because I have so many I want to read and I’m afraid to get bogged down in a long book or to start a series, but I’ve started to realize I need to get over that fear.  I have all the time in the world!  And it’s not a crime to stop reading a book if it’s not holding my interest half way through.  But no worries abou that for this book!  I’m really enjoying it so far, the modern take on fantastical lands, and it’s the perfect escape for a twenty minute snatch of time twice a day.

Book Club Book: Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating, by Mark Bittman

Now that I’m working, I’m not as hungry for social interaction.  I’ve pretty much met my quota for talking and interacting by the end of the day–and I’m just ready to change into pajama pants and lounge at home!  But before I started working, I was becoming desperate for some conversation other than meows (or a tired husband after working long hours).  So, I looked on Craigslist and joined a book group.  Or rather, they allowed me to join after a brief email interview–you do have to screen who responds to a Craigslist ad, after all!

I’ve read two books with the group so far, and I’ve loved being a part of this club.  It’s such a breath of fresh air to gather with some girls, talk a bit about books, and mostly veer into conversation about TV shows and jobs and funny stories–my kind of book club!   I’m amazed that it’s been so easy to get along with everyone with no stilted interactions.  I’ve just started this month’s book and so far, so good!  It’s not a diet book or a cookbook, although both are involved.  It’s more about where our food comes from, the politics involved from farm to grocer to table, and what you can do about it.  I’ve been trying to eat more organically and less processed lately, so reading this intersects with a lot of thoughts I’ve been having about food.  Very relevant!

So that’s the snapshot of what I’m reading right now.  What are you reading?

One thought on “Reading Right Now

  1. I am much more of a one book at a time kind of gal. I like to be utterly engrossed. Occasionally I will do one non-fiction and one fiction at the same time, but usually I’d rather gobble one up before starting the next!

    I’m reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird right now and, honestly? I’m not loving it. I have no desire to write fiction, so some of the chapters are losing me. I still love her voice, but this isn’t my favorite of hers. I’m considering starting Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner to satisfy my urge for fluff and plot while I continue slowly through Bird by Bird.


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