As kids, my brother and I would share books, trading back and forth each chapter or two. When I finished my chapter and walked the book across the hall to him, I would often find him reading another book while he waited for his turn. This was completely foreign to me. Until college, I was a one-book-at-a-time girl. I still am for the most part, especially with fiction. My reading style has a way of changing as my life does, and right now I’m finding myself bouncing between books depending on my mood and what sliver of time I have to read in the day. Here’s what I’m reading now:
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacey Schiff: After hearing many glowing recommendations, I grabbed this book from the library. I ended up returning the book after reading just a few chapters; I got lost in the narrative, maybe because my knowledge of ancient history is woefully lacking. I’m giving it a second go-round on audio and I’m loving it! I’m sounding like a broken record here, but listening to books often gets me past any initial hurdle of confusion or lack of interest.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: This is the fourth time I’ve checked this book out from the library in the past year and a half. I want to like it so much, but I’m really struggling to care about the characters and the language is coarser than I like. After having it recommended to me yet again a few weeks ago, however, I’ve promised to give it one more try.
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin: To say I’m reading this along with four other books isn’t to say I’m not enjoying it. The format of this book makes it easy to read a little at a time and I’m doing just that. Rubin makes it a point to jump more; I’m doing more dancing around my house and letting myself be okay with more chaos in an effort to enjoy the silly stages my kids are in right now.
The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien: I’m reading this one with my third grader and I’m really enjoying it. It has me wanting to read The Fellowship of the Ring (until I remember how long the series is). At the very least, it has me wanting to watch the movies.
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach: I love Mary Roach. I actually forgot I was reading this one, though, because I put it down when life got busy and it got buried beneath library books on my nightstand. Fortunately, each chapter is self contained, so I’m not having any problems picking up where I left off. Like with everything else she writes, I’m learning answers to questions I didn’t even know I had.
I’m sharing this list on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit link up, where you can find many more book lovers sharing what they’ve been reading. What about you? What are you reading now?