At any given time, I am reading, something like five books at once. This has the side effect that I feel like I am plodding slowly through everything (which I am). This feeling is not helped by my wife who reads all the time and goes through like five books a week. Thanks for making me feel illiterate…
Anyway, these five books stem from the 5 different means that I consume them.
Traditional Print Books
Probably the slowest form of consumption just because I feel like I don’t have time to actually read them, though I feel that Is should make time. This is probably my least favorite type of book these days for one simple reason. I buy then used and cheap, and now I have a stack of hem sitting there, staring at me, saying “Why aren’t you reading us you jackass?”
Basically, they make me feel guilty by existing, not being read.
Currently Reading: No Hero by Jonathan Wood, a book I picked up from a closing Borders for cheap because the cover looked interesting. It’s a sort of modern day set sci-fi paranormal magic involved book. It’s ok, though the pacing feels a little off and the whole “main character is lost all the time” thing is getting a little old.
Lined up next: Star Trek: Federation
You know, I like ebooks, I like my nook, I don’t use it quite as much as I want to. I think my main beef is that organizing all of the ebooks I have on the nook is an absolute chore. Also I get frustrated by the odd and inconsistent page numbering, which is kind of minor. I’ve been officially working on the same book for ages, though I occasionally open up something else.
Currently Reading: The Machine of Death. This book is really dang long, so it’s been taking me a while to get through it. I want to say it lists as being 800+ pages and in the Nook, it’s something like 3x that number.
Lined up next: The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton
Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I have heard some good things about it being decent and it came up cheap on B&N on some sort of anniversary release special. I’m not too far into this but it has kept me pretty interested so far.
Graphic Novels & Manga
I’ve started reading quite a few collected comics and manga. Mostly I’m sticking to what I know. For example, I’ve been hitting the Transformers comics pretty heavily. I’ve always had a love of the toys but not so much interest in the actual mythos. I want ot change that.
My Manga choices are pretty limited as well. I have little interest in anything released in the past, ten years or so. Currently I’ve been working my way slowly through the Sailor Moon rereleases. I also have some Evangelion books. If I get around to it I may look into some Ranma or Tenchi collections, if they are available.
Probably my main way of consuming books. There are arguments as to how much of this constitutes “reading” but that mostly depends on if you define reading as “translating text to mind” or if you define reading as “consuming books”. I have a decent drive to and from work and sometimes have time at work while doing work that allows me to listen on my headset. I also find it keeps my interest better to listen rather then read, and I remember the story better.
Currently Reading: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I picked up this book a long while ago in print but couldn’t get into it. So I went with audio. I’m really close to wrapping it up. I want to do The Girl who Played with Fire next but I plan to take a break from this series.
Lined up next: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.