Books I’m Reading

Welcome to a new post called Books I’m Reading. I’m a voracious reader and I thought it’d be neat to share with you all the books I’m currently reading (or have recently finished).

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Let’s go, shall we?



Most favorite book EVER!

My current obsession is a book I wanted to get for a while and when it hit our local library’s new shelf, I snatched it up. It’s The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It sat on the side table for nearly a week because I was trying to finish up another book. When I finally sat down on Wednesday afternoon to read it, I started flying through it. It’s so absolutely good. I finally had to stop myself on Wednesday night or I would have stayed up all night to read it. Very very rarely does a book grab me like this.

But it’s beautiful and vivid and amazing and I can’t tell you much without giving stuff away. So, instead, we’ll use the description from Amazon:

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.”

I need to finish this, but I almost don’t want to. It’s so good I know I’m going to be sad when it ends.



The book that’s making me think

Another book I’m reading right now is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig. It’s…interesting. I don’t know how else to describe it yet. I’m just over halfway through it. It’s really challenging me to think, and I like that.

Here’s the book description (again, from Amazon):

“Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader’s Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator’s relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.”



The book currently loaded on the Kindle

The two books above are the rare regular books I’m reading. I typically read everything on my Kindle. I love my Kindle because I can hoard books and not take up space. 🙂 I tend to go through and find books in big batches online, load them on the Kindle, and then read every night before bed. I have weird taste in books, and I like a lot of non-fiction books. This is one of them.

Turning Inside Out by Phyllis Lily Jules is an autobiography by the granddaughter of the guy who created the Master Cleanse. I just started it Thursday night, but so far it’s very interesting. If I finish it by next week’s post, I’ll tell you what I think.

Here’s the description from Amazon:
“In an outer world that is impossible, an inner world grows out of the wreckage. Built by a little girl too young to know how it might be done, she did it her way and then lived with it all. This is her story. Searing, shocking, yet holding treasures deep where it matters.

Granddaughter to the man who invented The Lemonade Diet, the Master Cleanse, she knew a different man from what the world pegged as a new-age healer. Behind Stanley Burroughs’ public face was another one. That was the face she saw. That was the man she knew. Knew too well.

This is an autobiography set in the present, during the time of its own writing, but rich with the experiences of a shattered childhood. It shows the consequences of abuse, corruption, and evil on a small child and the woman she grew into – a woman saved by her unique means of engaging with her own psychology. And equally saved by her unique appreciation of beauty. Beauty that can be found even in an ugly world.”



The book I’m proud to have finally finished

Long book was long. Really long. I’m a fast reader and this one took me nearly three weeks. I think some of it was the writing style. Not that it was an older book, I’ve read plenty of classics and can easily follow older styles of writing. I think it was because the author would get me to a point where I was really following something and then jump to something else. But, I really did enjoy this book. It’s a classic and I’m trying to read all of those that I didn’t read as a kid. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. I almost didn’t think I’d get through it, but I’m not one to quit a book once I pass a certain point. So, I got through it.

“Becky Sharp is a poor orphan when she first makes friends with the lovely Amelia Sedley at Miss Pinkerton’s Academy for Young Ladies. She may not have the natural advantages of her companion but she more than makes up for it with her wit, charm, deviousness and determination to make a success of herself whatever the cost. Vanity Fair is the story of Becky’s spectacular rise and fall as she gambles, manipulates and seduces her way through high society and the Napoleonic wars.”



I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’m reading and may think about checking some of these out. If you do, let me know what you think!