Thursday, February 18, 2010

Juggling Books

Posted by lea at 6:03 PM
Do you find yourself juggling several books at a time? Unless I'm reading something I just can't put down or I've run out of books at hand, I'm usually always juggling several books at a time. It's like a fine art, balancing the different books that suit your various moods: there's the serious literary work that's a bit too intense to take in all at once, the light pulp fiction that alleviates the intensity of the aforementioned literary book, the non-fiction self-improvement book you're reading but can only take in small doses, and maybe lastly the classic that you're re-reading in bits and pieces before you go to bed, because if you read a new book before bed you'll never put it down to go to sleep.

My current book juggles are:

Creating a World Without Poverty, Muhammad Yunus
Written by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning professor who founded the concept of micro-financing, this book is both inspiring and challenging. And serious. This is my non-fiction, read-in-doses book.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
Normally I steer clear of books that are practically thrown in your face as soon as you walk into a bookstore (like Eat, Love, Pray, which I still haven't read), so it took a while to get round to this one. I'm not normally a book snob, which you'll know if you've seen some of the awful contributions to literature I've read in the past, but I don't like to be told what to read either. What changed my mind was that a member of my book club recommended it as a good read, so here I am. I've only just started it, but already it's riveting. What a shame the author died before seeing his works in print.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
This is my read-at-night classic. It's interesting enough that I want to pick it up before bed, but not so absorbing that I can't put it down to go to sleep (or engage in other nocturnal activities that might present themselves :p). I've been reading it for around a week in small increments and I haven't even been introduced to Captain Corelli yet, so I'm in this for the long haul.

What books are you juggling?


IMG said...

I juggle a lot too. Agree that different books for different moods. I too love to have a non-fiction one on the go. I've got Poppy King's book on the go with Alex Miller's "The Sitters" (just finished it) & The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Factory. The girl with the dragon tattoo sounds interesting. Keep seeing it everywhere (must be good publishing work). And have a bookshelf of classics that I say "one day I will.." But I guess there's always new ones coming out... argh! Just got completely overwhelmed!!! lol!
Happy Reading!!! Thanks for a great blog post!

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Elena on February 27, 2010 at 10:45 AM said...

Yeeepp I'm a book-juggler too. You seem to have some sort of structure to yours... I juggle books I really want to read with books I've been sent to read. And then the night-time reading is a classic usually. But you reminded me that I need to read more non-fiction.

Happy juggling!

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