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TSS: Book Choices

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday afternoon!  I’ll have to make this a quick Salon post as I still have quite a number of reviews to get done, as otherwise my blog will be silent all week.  While you all might appreciate the break, I’ve been doing that far too often these days for the number of books I have to review.

I’m having one of those rare weeks in which I’m in the midst of three books at the same time.  I’m normally a monogamous book reader; I read one at a time.  Otherwise I find books take me too long and I start to get impatient with them.  But right now I find myself in the perfect position to read three books at once and switch between them.  I’m not sure it’s something I’ll continue, but it struck me that these three books are the perfect mix of my reading tastes right at this moment.

The one I’ve been reading the longest is Dark and Stormy Knights, an anthology of urban fantasy edited by P.N. Elrod.  This is one of the books I got from the Strand when I visited New York City this summer, mainly because it had a story by Ilona Andrews in the Kate Daniels universe.  I read that a while ago, and have been working my way through the rest of the stores in the anthology since.  It’s good and has made me interested in a number of the authors’ works, which I’ll say more about when I write my review!  Anyway, that has the fantasy side of my interests well covered.

I’m also reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.  I’ve not had anything to do with science for at least six years now, but as I think I’ve mentioned before, my lack of school means I really want to learn things.  I’m learning some things related to my job, but I spent 8+ hours a day thinking about those.  I want to learn other stuff too – sometimes I think I want to know everything.  My husband read this book and got on quite well with it, so I thought I’d give it a try too.  I’m only a little bit into it so far, but it’s not beyond my comprehension yet!

Lastly, I started By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan last night, mostly because I couldn’t resist when the author kindly asked me for a review and made it possible for me to get an ebook.  I’ve got this on my Kindle and read about 20% of it this morning, so I suspect this one might actually be finished first, as I’m enjoying it a lot.  That’s my renewed interest in historical fiction for you right there!

So, three very different books there, which means they sit separately in my head and I can read them all at the same time.  Do you read lots of books at the same time, or are you ordinarily a monogamous reader like me?

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