As part of my online socializing endeavors (which I began with the Speculative Fiction Challenge), and in an attempt to produce some more varied content for TRE, I’ve decided to participate in one or two weekly book blog memes. Today it’s the Book Blogger Hop (BBH), hosted by Crazy for Books, in which bloggers are asked to answer a question a week and then link back to the original BBH post. For those of you interested in signing up or checking out other participating blogs, click the image below.
Today’s question for the BBH is
“What are you reading now and why are you reading it?”
At the top of the list is Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann, which I plan to finish sometimes this week. I received this book from the lovely people at Pyr last year. Sadly, my ability to read and review it got delayed due to health issues and the need to review books for BSCreview (as said health issues had put me rather behind on my reading in general). But I’m very excited about finally being able to delve into this book and, based on the beginning alone, I expect to enjoy it. I wanted to read it for two reasons: I’m intent on reading as many Pyr books as possible, and noir-style fiction has become more and more fascinating to me over the years. As of now, I’ve only completed the first two or three chapters, but I’m eager to get deeper into the story. In fact, I may go read a bit once I’m finished with this post.
The second book on my current reading list is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. I’ve been working on this book since the end of last spring. Initially I was reading it very quickly, but then classes started during the summer and, well. . . . But I don’t mind taking a while to read this book as it’s a very large book, and it’s one of those epic classics that deserves to have a lot of time put into it. I wasn’t quite halfway through the story when I took my last break, but so far I’m loving it. I chose to read it because revenge dramas have always fascinated me, and this is one of the most well-known revenge dramas of all time. How could I not read it? With any luck I’ll be able to finish it in the next few months. I have plans to start a new epic novel after completing it, and that will be either The Tale of Genji or the Gormenghast saga (which is technically three novels, but mine’s an omnibus, so . . . ).
And, finally, the third book on my reading list is Telling True Stories by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call. This is a guide for nonfiction writers consisting of essays and advice. I’m reading parts of it because it’s required for my Electronic Publishing class, and so far I’m finding it incredibly helpful. I’ve done different kinds of writing–academic, fiction, essay, conversational, and informative (for museums–you’d be shocked at difficult that really is), but journalistic writing has, until now, been outside my purview. This book is giving me a lot of insight so, even after the class is over, I expect I’ll continue to read the sections that weren’t required for assignments.
Thus ends my response to the Book Blogger Hop question this week. Please comment to tell me what you’re reading, and if you’re a participant in BBH this week, link me to your post!