Tuesday, June 22, 2010

bibliophiliac? Did I just make up a new word?

I don't often do posts about books ... actually I may never have done one.  This might make you think that I am not of the book-reading stripe, and understandably so, but you'd be wrong.  Way wrong.

See, books are so much a part of my life that I just don't think about them.  They're there like food and water, like my kids; an essential part of my life - one I couldn't imagine living without.

I read - usually - 2-3 books at a time. I can be reading up to 5-6, but never only one.  I might find one so fascinating that I read it exclusively for a couple of days, but I always have to cleanse my mental palate every now and then.  I can generally finish a novel in 48 hours, so when, for instance, I get a new Stephen King or Kathy Reich, I might read it right through, uninterrupted by another book, but that's rare.

So what prompted me to share all this literary lovey-ness with you all (most of whom, I'm quite sure are bibliophiles like me)? Well, I just realsied this morning that I'm currently reading 4 books and have 2 more on standby and still more on their sweet way from Amazon.  I'm in book heaven. And I love being here.  It makes me so happy to have a bunch of books to read!  Some people might feel overwhelmed at a stack of unread books but I look at them fondly.

So what am I reading?

Hmm ... I just finished The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith an astounding and fact-packed book that I recommend everyone read - especially those who believe that their vegetarian / grain based diet is actually better for the planet. That is a lie. You are eating an untruth and the real truth is really really scary, folks.

I also re-re-re-read Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne just for fun. I can finish the ones that I've read many times in 24 hours.

Currently I'm absorbed by a book called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  What I thought would be a trivial young adult novel is a gripping adventure that I've had trouble putting down. I plan to purchase the next two in the trilogy once I get some money.

I just started Alas, Babylon , a post-apocolyptic oldie by Pat Frank.  Not far enough along to judge yet.

Those are all physical books. I am also embroiled in two on the kindle which are about to get the best of me: A Son of the Circus by John Irving, a normally fave author of mine. This one, though, is dragging and has been since the get-go.  I'm still working on it though.  The other is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson which it seems everyone raves about. Well, I find it dense, wandering, and hard to get through.  I've been avoiding going back to it since it's like chewing a huge wad of hard, tasteless gum.

The two I have on deck are two novels that are faves of my dad's.  He claims that there are only three novels that he has read more than once: Catch-22, Fate Is the Hunter (Ernest K. Gann) and Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson).  As a matter of fact I have started Snow Crash twice (at his urging) and have failed to finish it each time.  I have never read Fate is the Hunter (I've read Catch-22 many many times).  He (my dad) pretty much threw down the gauntlet on Facebook about Snow Crash the other day so I , unable to resist a challenge, stomped into my library this morning (yes, we have a library in our home) and find Snow Crash and Fate is the Hunter.

Even with books that I'm having trouble getting through I still am delighted to have a stack of books waiting to be read!

What about you? What are you reading now?  Do you have a book or books that you thought you would like but just can't seem to wade through?  have you read any of the ones I mentioned/ What did you think?

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posted by MrsEvilGenius @ 2:39 pm   5 comments


At 2:52 pm, Blogger WickedThrifty said...

i marked the vegetarian myth as to-read. after my initial encounter with diet for a small planet i was a bit militant about animal husbandry being 100% awful... and then i read omnivore's dilemma and realized that, practiced responsibly, it can be BETTER for the earth.

are you on goodreads? sounds like a site you'd really enjoy. if you join up, add me as a friend!

i am almost always in the middle of multiple books, myself ;)

At 5:33 pm, Anonymous Katherine said...

My DH loves Snow Crash. I've never bothered to read it. Not a King fan, either (because I LIKE to sleep at night, thankyouverymuch! NOT because I have a problem with his writing. He's unbelievably gifted, which is why I can't sleep when I try to read his books! LOL)

I picked up ABYSS from Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series (yes, I am a little nerdy. Shaddup) while I was at the airport. I wanted to borrow the Fate book from Incarnations of Immortality from by brother, but he bought it Saturday and we were just too busy between Sat and Mon for me to read it. There's Tale of the Body Thief (Anne Rice) sitting at home, but I've read it twice, so I'm not in a hurry to get through it.

I have a couple in my Amazon cart, but haven't bought em yet. *yawn* I don't often read more than one at a time, because I tend to lose track of what's going on in which book. LOL

At 10:55 pm, Blogger bibliophiliac said...

Yes, there is such a word as bibliophiliac;) Apparently there is more than one living in SC...

At 2:32 pm, Anonymous Marina said...

Sad to hear you're not enjoying GWDT, it does have chewing tasteless gum wad aspects (some of which might be blamed on the translation) but I think Lisbeth more than makes up for it, she's a great personality. It also seems pretty rare to me that women are depicted as technologically gifted/ math genius. Maybe in tv more that in fiction, at least from what I've come across ... so Salander was unique to me, and I enjoyed the plot twists of all three in the trilogy.
Snow Crash is fun too, once you get past the first few chapters and then don't think too hard about all their talk of programming in history and babylon or whatever it is that they work out for pages and pages.
Hope to hear updates if you get any further in those books!

At 5:46 pm, Blogger MrsEvilGenius said...

Thank you, everyone for your comments!

I finished Hunger games (FAB!!) and Alas, Babylon - an interesting historical read (written in 1959) about the (perceived) aftermath of a nuclear holocost. Weird and frustrating to say the least.

I'm at an impasse with Fate is the Hunter as the paperback I have has type SO FARKIN TINY that I almost can;t read it!

I keep trying to go back to TGWTDT but it keeps defeating me. :(


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