I’m a book junkie. I can’t help myself.
I buy them new, I buy them used. I accept boxes and bags of them from friends and relatives who’re giving them away.
I stop at yard sales, library book sales and thrift stores…
I’m not too particular. I’ll read just about anything. Of course, science fiction, fantasy and horror rank pretty high on my list, and I’ll usually pick up one of those before I choose something else.
Lately, I’ve discovered a passion for YA….and I’ve been re-reading my childhood favorites: Eager (I found him first) and Nesbit.
But the problem with having a lot of books is the desire to read them all…sometimes at the same time.
I’m currently reading:
- White Witch, Black Curse – Kim Harrison
- Buy Jupiter and Other Stories – Isaac Asimov
- Imperium – Robert Harris
- Booklife – Jeff Vandermeer
- Simplify Your Time – Marcia Ramsland
- Dangerous Visions – Harlan Ellison (Ed.)
It’s true, a few of these are short-story anthologies, but sometimes I don’t even have time to sit and read an entire story. Mostly, with my busy schedule, it’s a few pages at a time. I’ll admist I’m cheating with White Witch, Black Curse : it’s on CD, and I’m listening to it on the way to work during my one-hour commute, and back again in the afternoon.
I got to read the Asimov book for a 40-minute metro commute into DC last week, because it was electronic, and I happened to have my Ipod in my pocket…
So, what I happen to be reading at any given moment is largely turning into a matter of convenience: How much time do I have? How big is the book? What am I doing? (Why, yes ! Sometimes you can get a bit of reading in during a hike.)
It takes me a longer length of time to get through an average book, but I’m enjoying more of them at a single time. The beauty is: I almost never get bored, and if I do, I can always set something down and pick up something else.
Anyone else enjoy reading more than one book at a time?