FF: When Do You Read?

Mei-Ling and Roary Battle For the Throne!

Most of my reading these days takes place during a half-hour coffee break in the afternoon, and a little reading before bed.  Audiobooks are getting their major workout over the weekend when I’m doing crafts.  When do you read?

For those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation 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 bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater.  Audiobook.  While marketed as the first book in a new series, really one needs to have read the four volume Raven Cycle to get the full impact of this novel.  That caveat aside, I enjoyed it.

The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers with Robert Eustace.  A collaboration in which the collaborator provided the science behind the intricate mystery plot.

Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers.   Complex plot with lashings of melodrama for flavor.

In Progress:

Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  Sequel to Trickster’s Choice.  Not a lightweight read, despite an overload of cute monsters.


New magazines have come in, but I can’t figure out which one I want to read…

15 Responses to “FF: When Do You Read?”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Ben had been sick and sleep and everything else had been windier than our “noral”. No reading fo next except blog posts. I’m hoping to get back to it soon, since he’s starting to feel better. I used to read whenever I wasnt doing something else… Wolf’s Soul was read before sleep each night.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished my read-in-bed book, Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett. It became one of my favorite Discworld books. It was a murder mystery investigated by the City Watch. More important to me than the plot were the characters. I really felt I got to know the individuals and I cared what happened to them.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I love the Watch. Of all the Discworld plot lines, the characters in this one develop the most,maybe because with one possible exception (Carrot) they’re not locked into mythic archetypes. When they could be (ex the non-human watch members) Pratchett’s point seems to be “why should they be locked in to stereotypes.” Refreshing.

  3. Alien Resort Says:

    Great cat picture.

  4. James Mendur Says:

    When do I read? Almost always at night, when I try to set aside an hour or two before bedtime to read. Only if a book REALLY grabs me do I try to carve out some daylight hours to read it.

    Extremes, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (from The Retrieval Artist series)

    Currently reading short stories by various authors. Some new, some re-reads.

  5. Eric Says:

    I usually read before bed and sometimes I read for a little while when I first get back from work to unwind. I’m currently reading Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams for a nice dose of fantasy and The Wolf’s Tooth by Cristina Eisenberg, learning about predator importance in ecosystems.

  6. Louis Robinson Says:

    When I don’t read would be a much shorter, and rather less tedious, account. When I’m awake and not in the shower there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be reading something.

    And available selection has just broadened hugely: the TPL has introduced curbside pickup for books on hold. Which is how I got The Accursed Tower. The subtitle is ‘the fall of Acre and the end of the Crusades’ and I think that says it all. Very much a popular history and a tad breathless at times, but well grounded in what source material there is – it turns out that not a great deal of what was written about it at the time was by people who were there, and all of them had some sort of ax to grind, as the author points out several times where he has had trouble figuring out just what really happened. A story I already knew, but not in detail, and it was quite enlightening in places. For example, despite knowing it quite well I hadn’t grasped that the ‘modern’ Old City is actually a great deal smaller than the Crusader city. Where a lot of the remains are now makes a deal more sense.

  7. janelindskold Says:

    Thanks for all the replies… I think I want Louis’s reading time!

  8. frederickpwalter Says:

    RE: “The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers with Robert Eustace. A collaboration in which the collaborator provided the science behind the intricate mystery plot.”

    Accordingly, Sayers’ science just got more and more convincing and ingenious as she went along. The mushroom poisoning in DOCUMENTS is a big step up from the hypodermic fantasy of UNNATURAL DEATH … and Sayers would go on to a splendidly imaginative treatment of hemophilia in HAVE HIS CARCASE. Best of all is her arsenic scheme in STRONG POISON; this, IMO, is her finest, most concise novel: its solution is not only clever but so simple you can summarize it in a dozen words, plus it’s a marvelous snapshot of between-the-wars London from top to bottom. So glad you’re enjoying Dorothy these days! All the best, Rick.

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