BOOKS: How Many Books Are You Reading Right Now?

Clan Fraser
Joined: 3:16 AM - Sep 17, 2009

11:12 PM - Mar 20, 2017 #1

Many of us are reading a few books at the same time. How many are you reading? It might be fun to list them and see what other folks are reading. How is everyone keeping up while also working? Strategies?
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings

Clan Fraser
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12:28 AM - Mar 21, 2017 #2

I just counted, and I am reading 13 books right now. I am able to keep them separate because two are audiobooks (one for the car, one for walking), one is an e-book, three are non-fiction, two are YA and the others are sufficiently different that I can keep the stories separate. I stick to the set schedule for the OBC group reads so that I don't read ahead and mess up my posts, so that leaves plenty of time to cram in a few other books between chapters of the group reads. I keep a list of what I am reading, and what I have lined up to read next, and what I would like to read one day, and what I want to listen to on audio, and ... well, you get the picture. If anybody is interested, here is my current list:

Daniel Stein, Interpreter by Ludmila Ulitskaya
Risked by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
The Wolves of Andover (Audio) by Kathleen Kent
The DNA Restart by Sharon Moalem
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Destiny's Plan by Victoria Saccenti
A Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
Written in my Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
We Are all Completely Beside Ourselves (Audio) by Karen Joy Fowler
The Outlandish Companion Vol 2 (Audio - the Jeff Woodman parts / book) by Diana Gabaldon

I don't read each one every day, so I have been at some of them for weeks; it depends where I find myself and what I feel like reading. But I am enjoying them all. :flower:

Lisa SF
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12:34 AM - Mar 21, 2017 #3

DLT, that is just mind-boggling! I think the most I've ever had going at one time was 5, last year when I doing a couple of group reads here plus reading Moby Dick through the Serial Reader app (which provides daily installments of all sorts of classics).

As of now, I have 4 going:

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (March BOTM)
West With the Night by Beryl Markham (April BOTM in audiobook format)
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Hmmm... Everything I'm reading right now relates to OBC!
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Lady Jayne
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2:26 AM - Mar 21, 2017 #4

Thanks for starting this thread ND. You win the prize DLT! I have more time on my hands lately and have a few books that I am reading simultaneously, including

The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
MOBY, Diana Gabaldon
100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Pawn in Frankincense, Dorothy Dunnett
Longbourne, Jo Baker
My Husband's Wife, Jane Corry
I Liked My Life, Abby Fabiaschi.

I actually try to read a few pages of each book every day, but then some take over when the plots get intense.

Clan Fraser
Joined: 7:09 PM - Sep 22, 2009

4:14 PM - Mar 21, 2017 #5

What a fun idea, ND!

TRUST ME, Laura Florand, *ARC
PAWN IN FRANKINCENSE, Dorothy Dunnett (OBC read)
BREATH OF FIRE, Amanda Bouchet
BY HER TOUCH, Adriana Anders ARC
WAIT FOR IT, Marian Zapata
TWICE TEMPTED, Jeaniene Frost

*Advanced Reader Copy

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7:46 PM - Mar 21, 2017 #6

Readers after my own heart.. five on the go right now, and all for review on my blog.

On kindle - I'm reading The Thief's Daughter, Victoria Cornwall

Historical Fiction - The Tyrant's Shadow, Antonia Senior

Cosy Crime - Trouble in Nuala, Harriet Steel

Pure Pleasure - A Clash of Kings, George R R Martin. This is an ongoing challenge to read the series and is not for review on my blog

Audio - Three Daughters of Eve, Elif Shafak
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8:33 PM - Mar 21, 2017 #7

Wow, I'm only reading 3 and can't find time for those :)

Drums - rekilting
Scottish Prisoner
The Shack - rekilting

Clan Fraser
Joined: 3:16 AM - Sep 17, 2009

9:41 PM - Mar 21, 2017 #8

Here it goes.

OBC ones:
Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
One Hundred Years of Sollitude by G Garcia Marquez

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett (re-reading)
Scales of Gold by Dorothy Dunnett
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
From Heaven to Mirth by James Martin, S.J.
Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles: The Engima of Francis Crawford by Scott Richardson

Rae, I loved The Shack. Definitely one for rekilting.

Lynn, how fun that you're also reading The Screwtape Letters. What a gem of a book!
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings

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11:12 PM - Mar 21, 2017 #9

1. Non-fiction by DG - I Give You My Body (I just finished it)
2. BOTM The Secret Scripture (finished this one too)
3. The Chiefs by Mario Vargas Llosa
4. Classic Read - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Plus two other non fiction books.
I also have (still) 2 novels I started last year...or earlier...that I need to finish because they show as "reading" in GoodReads together with a book I had to purchase from the library because I lost it. :(
8? Baudolino by Umberto Ecco, which I just started.
Today I got 2 more audiobooks from the library to make up for those I finished :) 11/22/63 by King and The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. I keep track of this on the Reading list thread so I won't try to do it here too... but I do include In Progress (IP) there, if anyone is curious :)
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5:22 PM - Mar 23, 2017 #10

I'm a lightweight compared to many of you, but here goes:

Outlander (re-kilt)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

Laura S

Lady Jayne
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6:02 AM - Mar 24, 2017 #11

Laura_the_pug_lover, The Namesake was just recommended to me today, and I have a hold in place for A Gentleman in Moscow at my library. They are both on my reading list for the near future.

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3:33 PM - Mar 25, 2017 #12

Lady Jayne,

I just finished The Namesake the other day and liked it. I thought the author did an amazing job telling the story of an immigrant and the struggles of a first generation American, particularly not feeling as though (s)he belongs to either culture.
I'm listening to A Gentleman in Moscow on audio and the author's use of language is sheer beauty.
Hope you enjoy both!

Laura S

Clan Fraser
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5:25 PM - Mar 25, 2017 #13

Laura, all great books. I think I will suggest A Gentleman in Moscow for my work book club. I have two that are on the list above:
Saint Mazie and From Heaven to Mirth. I'm having trouble staying with Saint Mazie but am liking the second book.
I'm sure I'll love AGinM given the beauty of the language.

Have you read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón? That is a great one if you like mystery, intrigue, old Gothic houses in Barcelona. Well written.
I will put The Namesake on the list too. I've heard of it and always meant to read it. Let us know what you think.
CS Lewis is always great to read, whatever it is. I'm loving The Screwtape Letters.

Happy Reading everyone! Check in when you finish one or two to tell us what you'd recommend. Or just to say which book you're enjoying the most out of your list.
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings

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7:41 PM - Mar 25, 2017 #14

Now I know why I can't keep up! I really can't concentrate on too many books at once.
I am reading one book with the OBC: 100 Years of Solitude.
I dropped the re-kilt of MOBY because I couldn't keep up with the schedule and still find time for my own reading.
I am doing a re-kilt of Voyager on an occasional basis and then there's my effort at reading something new. I have a book on my desk called The Siege, by Helen Dunmore. I haven't gotten past the first page yet though cause I've been very busy with work lately and also working through a case of pneumonia (without taking off work) which is very tiring.
Da mi basia mille, deinde centum, dein mille altera, dein secunda centum, deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.

Donne-moi mille baisers, et puis cent, et puis mille autres, puis une seconde fois cent, puis encore mille autres, puis cent.

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9:43 PM - Mar 25, 2017 #15


I haven't read The Shadow of the Wind, but I'll add it to my Goodreads list. I have so many on my "to read" list I don't know if I'll ever be able to get to all of them, but it's worth a try :-)

Naomi--what do you think of 100 Years of Solitude so far? I haven't read it, but it's on my ever-growing list. I hope you feel better soon.

Laura S