I’m tackling two questions in the What’s on Your Nightstand book meme.
3.Tell about what you are reading and why. I love to read the backstory on books. Did someone give it to you? Are you trying out a new genre at the recommendation of a friend (or website)? Did you stumble across a new author in a used bookstore?
I recently cut my active reading pile down to four…by putting the other books back on the shelf. The four left standing are, in order of my closeness to the finish line (i.e. the end of the book) The Black Rose by Tananarive Due, Singles Holiday by Elaine Spires, Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal, Straight into Darkness by Faye Kellerman…and back-issues of comics featuring Marvel’s Storm (also a digital copy of Beneath the Lion’s Wings by Marie Ohanesian Nardin). Why am I reading them…a friend gave me The Black Rose – it’s a biography and like biographies, and for this and just the quality of the writing, it’s my favourite of the books I’m currently reading (at this moment); I bought Singles Holiday at another friend’s book reading; I received Without a Summer and all other books in the Glamourist series (I’ve read three others) from the author after doing some editing work for her; I bought Faye Kellerman’s book from the used book shelf because I couldn’t find her husband Jonathan Kellerman’s latest…sss at the local bookstore and needed a fix (I’d liked some of her Peter Decker books as well but am in particular a fan of his Alex Delaware series) plus, though this wasn’t Decker or Delaware, it was WWll era detective fiction, I figured I couldn’t go wrong; Wings was sent to me by the author for review. The Storm books are a gift from someone who knows she’s one of my favourite superheroes. I just started on these today.
4.Fill us in on your reading habits. When are you reading these books? Is one reserved for bedtime reading? Does one stay in your car to be read while you are waiting? Do you read just one book at a time?
These days I’m reading on the bus and in lines; it’s rare for me to have a day or a night to just kick back and read…so it’s usually to pass the time when I’m out and about. Which sucks. I travelled recently and the plane ride allowed me to finish Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and make significant progress on The Black Rose but alas reading’s slowed again now that I’m back home. I read several books at a time, sometimes at random, sometimes depending on the move, sometimes depending on what’s convenient and within reach. ETA: Case in point, since drafting this last night, I’ve started another book Freedom Song by Amit Chaudhuri because the walk to the shop feels shorter, especially in this heat, if I have something to read or listen to and my active reading pile was further away than my bookshelf (there’s layers to laziness, folks…in my defense I’m operating in energy sapping heat on about two or so hours of sleep today) so I picked this …as to how it got on the shelf, pretty sure it was given to me by someone since it doesn’t seem like something I’d buy, but I don’t hate it so far.
So, what’s on your nightstand? and how’re YOU reading?
Since we’re talking books allow me to thank Kimberly and Tammi for recent reviews of two of mine – my picture books With Grace, which Tammi described on goodreads as “a delightful read”, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, which blogger Kimberly called “a charming, honest narrative”.