What Are You Reading?

itsmondayIt’s been a couple of weeks since my last What Are You Reading post, so it looks like time to check in again…

My last post mentioned the pile of series -books I was planning to read, and which I am happy to say I finished up this week.  Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card means finishing the Ender Quartet, The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig got me up to date on the Pink Carnation series, and after finishing Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier, I just have one book left in the Sevenwaters series too.  Progress!

Coming up next, I decided to read a couple of very light books, after all the denser ones I’ve been reading lately (meaning: Tolkien).  I decided to do a reread of a fun time travel book, The Secret of the Ruby Ring by Yvonne MacGrory, and The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones is one I’ve somehow never got around to (despite loving her books!)

What Are You ReadingNot at all on the lighter side, I also have Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in 19th Century Paris by Miranda Gill, and Nights in the Big City: Paris, London, Berlin, 1840-1930 by Joachim Schlor.  Both are research for my next novel, a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera.  Seeing as I’m writing about a masked man who lives under an Opera House in 1880s Paris, it is a source of wonder to me that there’s actually a book about the cultural attitude towards eccentricity, in that city, at that time.  I have no idea yet if it will actually have anything useful, but I’m fascinated by the prospect!

And the last big thick book, somehow strangely on the lighter side, is a book of letters between Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine.  I started reading it a few years ago and absolutely loved it (who knew Winston Churchill could be cute and romantic and adorable?) but somehow got sidetracked and never finished.  So I’m resolved to pick that up again too.

So much for my plans!  What are you reading this week?

13 thoughts on “What Are You Reading?

  1. Reading is never linear in my world. One book always leads to another on a similar topic. The Churchill one sounds intriguing, but I’ll try to stay on task!

  2. Oooooooh. The Ogre Downstairs. I hope you’ll enjoy it! It needed a bit of discussion before I really liked it, but I’m glad I read it.

    And that book on eccentricity sounds fascinating! I hope you’ll find that the nonfiction books are excellent research material and will enjoy everything you plan to read! ^-^

    I’ve been focusing on writing and will continue to do so for a while, so I’m afraid I don’t really have any reading that I’m focused on at the moment. I should find a better balance soon, though. I’ve finished up the hard rewriterly work now, so I can go back to dividing my time somewhat more. ^-^

    1. I hope the book on eccentricity will be fascinating…and not terribly dry. It could tip either way!

      Good for you for focusing on writing–it’s not always easy! Congrats on finishing up some tough work, and I hope you have more time for fun reading soon. 🙂

  3. I’m happy you’ve finished the Ender Quartet. After reading and loving the first two I have yet to get to Xenocide, although I have it and Children of the Mind on my shelves.

    I tore through two more of Moorcock’s Elric books this week and after finishing today decided to step away from the Eternal Champion for a bit to read The Six-Gun Tarot. I recently listened to a podcast interview with the author (Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing) and it has me itching to read this book. So far it is very good.

    1. You should definitely go on to the rest of the Ender Quartet! Xenocide and Children of the Mind felt very much like Speaker for the Dead to me, in terms of being so fascinating and philosophical. Enjoy The Six-Gun Tarot (great title!)

  4. dianem57

    I just finished reading Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World,” about her life before joining the US Supreme Court. Now I’m starting something lighter – a chick-lit book: Sophie Linsella’s “I’ve Got Your Number.” Summer seems like a good time for lighter books.

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