I've been a sequential reader for most of my life, preferring to read only one book at a time and move to the next one. Of late, however, I've needed to go against my natural preferences in order to read books for school and also be able to keep up some pleasure reading. I've managed to do it, though with my overall yearly total taking a hit (which was and is to be expected). As of today, however, I've wandered into completely new territory...I'm reading 4 books at once.
I started A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin just about two weeks ago. It was one of the first books I bought for my Nook, having wanted to start the series for a few years and using the upcoming HBO adaptation as the final push to start it. It lingered on my electronic shelf for a few months until the HBO premiere date got even closer (as in this coming Sunday). I'm on pg. 262 of 787 on my Nook.
A few days later I started Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. My English class this semester has focused exclusively on Austen and we've been reading through her novels. This is not one of her major novels, which we've real all of at this point in the semester. I struggled with it in the early days, though I'm not sure if that's due to the different nature of the book, a bit of an Austen fatigue, or just fatigue for the semester in general. I'm on pg. 182 of 277 on my Nook.
This past Sunday I picked up Tina Fey's Bossypants. I'd requested it from the library a while back and it happened to come in. It is a much breezier read than the other two books and a nice change of pace. I'm on pg. 197 of 275 in the hardcover.
Finally, I finally waded into Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe this evening. I am going to do a literary analysis of it with an eye on women's issues for my History class, which deals with the history of American women. I read this novel during my first stint in college and remember not much of it at all. The paper is due in just over two weeks, so I need to get cracking. I'm only on pg. 9 of 388 in the paperback version from the PNC library.
That's a total of 650 pages out of 1727 read, for a cumulative total of 37.6 %. Don't know why I put stats in book posts. Well, I do, but I'm not going to bore you any more by giving an explanation.
Meanwhile, I've been reading the Starman Omnibus Vol. 3 since Mar. 26 and still have quite a bit of it left. I also bought 15 comics this week (I know) and have read 3. So, lots of reading to go and papers to write...