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21 February 2014

I never used to be a poly-book reader. I just wanted one book at a time so I could really dedicate myself and all of my focus on that one book. And even now, I’m still sort of that way… But some how I’ve ended up with 5 books at once.

I’ve got 2 non-fiction, 2 novels, and one graphic novel. It’s been hard balancing my reading time between them. My only real concern is letting time lapse with one book and not remembering where I am in the plot when I return. But I’m making my way through them all…

Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
So. Yes. I’m absolutely in love with Tolkien and his Middle Earth realm. Between Peter Jackson’s interpretations and also decking out my home with some pieces… I’m really just in awe of this incredible world he has built. And that’s really what has drawn me into his work. And of course, I really want to spend more time just discussing Tolkien… But for now, I’m really enjoying reading it as opposed to just being familiar with the movies. I’ve only really just started Two Towers, but I appreciate that the action is slightly faster moving in this second of the series.

A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
I was skeptical about starting the Song of Ice and Fire series. Everyone was raving about Game of Thrones, but I wasn’t sure. I’m happy I gave it a try. I read through the first 4 books really fast. This one, well, it’s going slowly. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m less invested in some of the characters that are the focus of this book or if I just need a small break from the series. Also, it’s hard to want to finish a book when you know it’ll be years before you see the final books in the series.

Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastian
This book is great. I discovered it at C2E2 last year in the Archaia booth. I was drawn in by the illustrations (no pun intended). But the whimsey and sort of bizarreness of it… I just love it. I’m in the third part of the first volume, and I already know this is one that I’m going to have to pick up the print edition. (I’m using Comixology right now, and love the app, but this is art I just need to own.)  Anyway, here’s just one page…

Cursed Pirate Girl - single page, swordfish brothers

Living the Quaker Way by Philip Gulley
I’ve missed being involved in a Quaker church, as you know. So getting this book has been an attempt to reconnect to some of my Quaker roots. It’s not a bad book, but lacks some of what I was looking for. Basically it seems to be almost a primer for those curious about Friends. That said, it’s been nice to have a refresher and something to bring some of these ideals back into focus.

Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire by Rafe Esquith
This book came highly recommended by a lot of teacher friends. In my quest to get my teaching license, I thought it’d be good to read up on the subject. However, I can say, as someone who’s not in the teaching profession at the moment, it’s been hard to stick with the book. It’s been a while since I’ve picked it up, and it might end up on the “need to finish” shelf before long. It’s unfortunate, because I’m interested in it and it’s subject… But you know, just might be something for another time.

Part of me wants to just finished up A Dance with Dragons so that I could be finished, for now, with that series. Plus, I’m reading the books before I watch the show, so another bonus for finishing it up. But of course, I’m passionately enthused for Tolkien… so it’s been hard to take me away from those books. And, well, my short story anthologies seem to be calling my name, so I’m sure I’ll be picking a few of those up soon too…

So many pages. So little time…

You’re turn, internet. Spill what you’re reading.


  • I’m reading the first A Song of Ice and Fire book right now! It’s been slow going since I’m also in grad school – I like to read a little bit before bed, when I’m waiting in line, that sort of thing. So far I’m really liking it, even though I’ve seen the show so I know the events of this book. There’s something about getting to know the characters that really appeals to me!

    I’ve also been reading a LOT of comics lately – Ms. Marvel #1, Batgirl, Batman, and Nightwing!

    • Erini

      It’s been really fun to compare the books of A Song of Ice and Fire and the tv series in Game of Thrones. I’ve only seen the first season, and maybe part of the second (I can’t remember). While there are some aspects I like of the show better, I think I’d lean more towards the books right now. Though there are A LOT of characters to remember in the book and I definitely got a few confused at times.

      Funny story, one of the writers for the new Nightwing, was a groomsman in my dear friend’s wedding.

  • I’m a total poly-book reader… I’m just not able to focus on one thing at a time… I like being able to rotate what I’m reading around so I don’t get bored… I usually read about 5 at once, two usually end up being the “high priority” books and the other three I just sorta plug away at as I have the time.

    Right now, I’m reading:
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
    The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
    Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love by Dorothy Tennov (though admittedly, I’m thinking of letting this one go because it’s super boring…)
    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (2nd time through)
    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

    • Erini

      Second time through Infinite Jest? Wow. I got the book back in high school, but didn’t make it very far. Not sure where my copy is now.

      • The first 200 pages or so are brutal the first time around… That’s when most people drop out because it’s just like, “AHHH! WTF IS GOING ON HERE!?!” You just sorta have to lean into it, and go with it… (I think I dropped out 100 pages in like 3 times before I made it through the book the first time.) Once you get past that point, it starts making a little more sense… or at least… you get attached to some of the characters. THEN.. once you’re done with it the first time, you go back to the beginning and read that again because that’s when those first 200 pages make sense.

  • Mike

    Exercise caution before plunking down the money for a teaching certificate. I’ve heard for the last several years Chicago has not been able to place all their teaching fellows and many of them have ended up subbing. Sub pay is decent but if that sounds really bad I would strongly reconsider. Or talk to them about what subject areas are most in demand, almost always math.

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