FF: How Do You Read?

This week, in addition to the books listed below, I’ve been reading a lot of sections from various works, mostly as research but sometimes because I get interested and keep reading, even when the research is done.  How do you read?  One thing at a time or a bunch all mushed up?

Perspehone's Favorite Character is Awful

Perspehone’s Favorite Character is Awful

For those of you who don’t know… The Friday Fragments feature lists of what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include either short fiction or magazine articles.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones.  Howard has a Goon in his kitchen, a sister called Awful, a father who is a self-absorbed writer and still loves his family.  Only Diana Wynne Jones could make this work, but she does.

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  My low tolerance for romance novel tropes meant this one nearly lost me.  It got better toward the end but, between the low comedy associated with the butter bugs (honestly, I couldn’t understand why anyone in a universe where terraforming is a major industry wouldn’t think a creature that well-engineered wouldn’t be a huge benefit, even if the end result isn’t attractive), the romance stuff, and the actually quite serious political elements the novel felt unevenly balanced.

Gray Heroes: Elder Tales from Around the World edited by Jane Yolen.  I enjoyed.  Glad I took the time to read it all.

Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  This novella is a follow-up to A Civil Campaign.  Stronger overall, but both the crime element and why the bride to be is crying so much were not handled satisfactorily.  That said, I really like Taura.

In Progress:

Lords and Ladies by Terry PratchettI’d just finished reading Soul Music when I learned Pratchett had died, so I picked up this one just because…


For one reason and another, I’ve been reading lots of stuff in bits and pieces.   Hard, really, to put on a list.  That’s why I asked how you handle reading…

5 Responses to “FF: How Do You Read?”

  1. Peter Says:

    I’m a “one book at a time” reader (at least for pleasure reading. If I’m doing research I’ll likely have at least two on the go – whatever I’m reading for leisure and the material I’m reading for research).

    The one exception comes when I’m reading anthologies or single-author collections of short stories, which I may end up spacing out over the course of several novels.

  2. Paul Says:

    At least three at a time: one ebook, one audiobook (two, actually, right now – one in the car and one where I do some rote work) and one real book.

  3. Eric Says:

    I’m never reading only one book at a time. Makes it hard to finish some of them in a timely fashion. I’ve been reading The Ancestor’s Tale by Dawkins for months and am still not done, yet have read 6 other books cover to cover in the same time frame!

    I’m also currently reading A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick jans, the real life story of an unusually friendly wolf in Juneau, Alaska. It’s a fascinating case study (for me as the reader, less than in how the book presents the tale) of how it might be that canines and humans first began to co-exist thousands of years ago.

  4. Louis Robinson Says:

    I’m honestly not sure how many things I’m reading – which, I believe, should answer your question. There’s the Economists in the car, for red lights [nice thing about the Economist, it’s often still worth reading when it’s 3 years old 😉 ] There are 3 or 4 Arxiv ariticles, open on 3 different computers; a number of e-books [ditto], a couple more on my phone and I don’t remember how many library books that have gone back because I ran out of renewals. Not to mention this place and Baen’s Bar.

    Whenever I go into Wikipedia or the OED I usually read at least 6 entries before I remember that there was a reason I was looking something up.

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