What are you reading?

I have a terrible habit of reading far too many books at one time. I tried to break it once. I found myself reading seven books – one on the kitchen table, two in the living room, one in each bathroom, and two next to my bed. So I put them all in one pile, and read them one at a time until they were gone. Then I swore I would only read one book at a time from now on.

That lasted, oh, maybe a month? I don’t even remember. Then it was, well, one downstairs and one upstairs. And slowly, over the past few years, the habit, as habits do, snuck back, bigger than ever.

I am currently reading, in hardcover, Dreams Underfoot, by Charles de Lint. That’s my bathroom book. Not an insult, I generally keep books of short stories there, and this book is, in essence, short stories. I hadn’t read anything by him before, and chose to start with this one. About halfway through, quite enjoying it.

I also read manga, generally four volumes at a time. Though I read a lot of it online, there are some series I collect as well, and then I read them again. Currently, for manga, I’m on Death Note, Volume 3, Naruto Volume 40, Black Cat Volume 13, and the last volume of Fullmetal Alchemist. Other than Black Cat, I’ve already read these in various other forums, but it’s nice to have the story and the artwork in hand. 😀 I recently just finished Hero Tales Volume 2, and that is entirely new to me. I quite love it. It’s by Hiromu Arakawa and Huang Jin Zhou. Arakawa you would know as the author of Fullmetal Alchemist. The characters and artwork show the same hand (Oh! He looks like King Bradley! That one looks like Greed!) but the story is so different and so interesting that as soon as I finished the volume I ordered the next one.

Now to the ebooks. I have a Kindle. Once I had the Kindle, I found I could read Kindle books on my laptop and my phone and my iPad, so then I was reading four at a time. I have possibly a hundred books on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet. I’ve had to FORCE myself not buy more until I make a dent! So I’m reading only two on my Kindle for right now: Grass For His Pillow, by Lian Hearn (the second of the Otori books), and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. A Game of Thrones I’ve read before, years back, in hardcover, but then I never got around to reading the others. It’s been so long I had no idea what the story was even about anymore, so I started at the beginning. I don’t know why I didn’t continue last time, because this time, and it is as if the book is completely new to me, I am so in love. I haven’t seen the TV series, and probably won’t for a long time, and the book itself (and the sequels) are so long it’s quite daunting…but I’m glad I began again. Grass for His Pillow is the sequel to Across the Nightingale Floor, and is just as enjoyable as that one was.

Next on my list, when I get something (anything!) finished, is the second book in the Black Company stories by Glen Cook, Shadows Linger. I read The Black Company just last year, and it became one of my favorite books of all time, up there with The Riddlemaster of Hed books. It’s different from most fantasy books; a genre almost on its own – Military Fantasy, I suppose you could call it. I’m looking forward to that. And with that, I shall add Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami. I recently finished A Wild Sheep Chase, and loved it.

The only thing better than reading a good book is the anticipation of the next one in the pile. 😀

(I have to add this, because at the end of the last sentence, WordPress told me my post was 666 words long. That’s un-good. There. Now it’s almost 700 words. Excellent.)

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