Last night, as I started what is technically my sixth “currently-reading” book, I decided it might be interesting to write a quick post discussing the books I’m reading at the moment. I’m not sure if this is going to become a weekly thing or an every-once-in-a-while thing, but I think it might be a fun series, because I am almost always reading more than one book. Since this is last minute (aka 11pm the day before I’m publishing this), and I preschedule posts, you’re getting a bonus post today, so yay!
If you follow me on Goodreads, you’ll see quite a few books on my currently reading shelf, so I thought I’d briefly mention the ones I’m not actually actively reading at the moment. The first is The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. I started this in March, and, while I was enjoying finally reading this classic, I just couldn’t get into it. I’m definitely not DNF-ing it (marking it as did-not-finish), but I’m kind of waiting until I’m really in the mood to appreciate it. Although I am reading a Tolkien biography – which I will talk more about below – so that might motivate me to pick it back up.
The second book that’s hanging out on my currently reading shelf is Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau. I read Walden for a reading challenge a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I do plan on reading the rest of the book, so I don’t want to mark it finished, but I just haven’t had the time. Also, I’m not quite sure where I put it. So I’ll start slowly making my way through the rest of it as soon as I find my copy…
And the final book that’s on hold for the moment is A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I had the best intentions of rereading this book and then continuing on with the rest of the series, but I got a bit too busy to read a ton of fantasy tomes. Perhaps I will make it a priority next year. For now, I’m leaving my bookmark in it, and hoping to pick it up again in the near future.
On to the books I’m actually reading this week!
As I mentioned earlier, I am currently reading a Tolkien biography, specifically J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend by Colin Duriez. I paid a couple of dollars for this on iBooks like a year ago, and then never touched it. Since I have to read a biography for one of my reading challenges, it seemed like a good excuse to pick it up, and I’m actually really enjoying it! It’s probably the least dry biography I’ve ever read (not that I’ve read that many), and it’s totally fascinating to learn about how Tolkien’s childhood inspired his writing. To be honest, I started reading it hoping it would put me to sleep (I have insomnia), and it kind of backfired. Which I guess is a good thing. If you’re a Tolkien fan, I would definitely recommend checking it out.
I am also reading The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith. This was a review request from the author, and it tells the story of Snow White as she looks back on her life and mourns the death of her husband, on the eve of her daughter’s wedding. I’m not very far into it, but (according to the synopsis) at some point, she comes across the evil queen’s magic mirror, and I’m curious to see what happens.
Finally, I am reading Stephen King’s On Writing for the second time as part of my thesis writing class. I really enjoyed this book the first time I read it several years ago, and now that I’ve actually started writing, I’m excited to read it again. I’m a fan King’s writing, and I love hearing about where he gets his ideas and how he works. I’m hoping this is a quick read, because my goal was to finish it this past Saturday and I’m on like page twelve.
So far this week, I’ve also finished reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, The Grownup by Gillian Flynn, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and Persuasion by Jane Austen. I think it’s safe to say my reading slump is over, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can keep up this awesome reading streak.
Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments! Are you a one book at a time kind of person, or (like me) do you tend to have a few going at once?