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What are you reading at the moment?

I do a fair amount of driving these days. I used to resent the time spent trapped in that mobile metal box, but a few years ago, I realized I didn't have to waste those hours. I could use them to catch up on my reading. It took a few goes to settle into a routine, but I soon got used to *reading in the car. In fact, I'd say these days I do most of my reading pleasure in the driver's seat.

I'm currently listening to the audio version of Bernard Cornwell's, Death of Kings, the 6th book in his Saxon Chronicles series. Senior management bought me the hardback edition last Christmas, but I wanted to read it again.

Bernard Cornwell     Death of Kings

*NB: I'm talking about audio books, as opposed to the classic printed versions - with the printed kind, it's just too hard to turn pages while taking corners, not to mention the irritation factor when you drop the blooming thing and lose your place.

How about you?

What are you reading at the moment?


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Oct. 17th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm reading Wired for Story by Lisa Cron and I'm also beta reading a novel for someone on my FL.
Oct. 17th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Did the beta-read come with a list of questions or will he/she ask those when you've finished?
Oct. 17th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Generally, most people I beta read for are interested in feedback from both a reader's and writer's perspective, but don't have specific questions ahead of time. If I raise a thought that gets them to thinking, or if I don't mention something they wondered about, they ask.

Sometimes, I've had writers want to discuss not only feedback I gave them, but feedback they received from others as well. That's always interesting.

I've only had a couple of people I read for actually send a list of questions they wanted answers along with their stories. (Mostly I read novels, but I do read short stories, too, when asked.)
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
I always try to give beta readers a general idea of the areas I'd need feedback on :)
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Oct. 17th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
I like it when I enjoy books more than I expected :)
Oct. 17th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
I just finished re-reading Souls in the Great Machine, by Sean McMullen. I'm now hunting down the third book in that series, Eyes of the Calculor, which I haven't read yet.
Oct. 17th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
'I'm now hunting down the third book in that series, Eyes of the Calculor, which I haven't read yet.'

The internet is great for locating those 'hard to find' books, especially old favorites which went out of print. Mind you, it's not quite so much fun as hunting through the shelves in a second-hand bookstore :)
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm still taking The Readers' Digest™ Great American Short Stories
one story at a time. Last night, I read "The Fifty-First Dragon"
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Any good?
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
A bit odd, and humourous...
"The Last Gas Station" was a bit weird...
But of course, "Greatest" is a matter of opinion...
I think the collection as a whole
is a good sampling.
I found it at Friendly Used Books'
going-out-of-business sale last year.
Oct. 17th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm reading Cory Doctorow's Pirate Cinema and listening to John Green's Looking for Alaska. I love audio books. I've been checking them out of the library for years now and am considering buying an Ipod just so I can download them from the library with more ease.
Oct. 17th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'd buy a lot more if they weren't so expensive. Thank goodness for libraries :)
Oct. 18th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
I'm reading the Penguin collection of 20th Century Speeches. It's amazing how little the political issues of America have changed since Teddy Roosvelt advocated a big government for a big country with big businesses, literally 100 years ago. The change has been a decline in the quality and radicalism of the debates.
Oct. 18th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
I hope Winston Churchill's 'We will fight them on the beaches...' speech is included :)
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri Tepper. Fabulous book.
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
At the moment?

This blog post. >=}
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Well, technically, this comment, but I know what you mean :P
Oct. 19th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'm reading the print version of J.K. Rowling's A Casual Vacancy. I want to listen to the audio version of Stephen King's Salem's Lot but somebody else beat me to it at the library. Drat!
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Don't you just hate it when other people borrow your library books ;)
Oct. 19th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm rereading the Wondrous Strange trilogy by Lesley Livingston before reading her newest book, Starling. Plus BitterBlue by Kristin Cashore that my sister gave me for my birthday. I've also got a massive pile of books lent by a friend that I really need to get to someday. So many books, so little time!
Oct. 19th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
I love rereading good books! :)
Oct. 23rd, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
I just started Desolation Island, the fifth book of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels. It's historical fiction chronicling the life of Jack Aubrey, an officer in the English navy during the Napoleonic wars, and his best friend, Dr. Stephen Maturin. The "Master and Commander" film was based on the series. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to look those books up :)
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