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12 October 2011 @ 12:37 am
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So what are you all reading right now?

I've just started Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I've otherwise only read some of his Barsoom books.

Having just finished Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz (second in the Cairo trilogy, I HIGHLY recommend them), this is my nice light break before the next more serious book.

Do you have specific books/series that you regard as light break items? That's how I regard most of the mystery books I read (Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey, etc... I don't like modern mysteries), so I'm lucky that a lot of those old mystery authors were so prolific.
 
 
 
runawaytrain31: Bury this heartrunawaytrain31 on October 12th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm currently reading The Magnus by John Fowles. It's kind of a psychological thriller, but it's a stand alone, not a series. :) It's quite long, so maybe not "light," but I definitely recommend it.
Wickety Witchmeredydd on October 12th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
When I need a break or light read, I read romance novels. Not Harlequins, lol. Typically Regencies. Deana Raybourne has an excellent mystery series set in the Victorian era that is like a mix of Jane AUsten, the Brontes and Sherlock Holmes that i love going back to read again and again.

Right now, speaking of Holmes, lol, I'm re-reading the ACD canon.
meredith caitmabith on October 13th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Holmes is always wonderful, though sometimes I much prefer the Professor Challenger books as they are just insane fun.

I suppose I'm weird in that I really couldn't get into Jane Austen (much to my father's shame). I love classics, love Elizabeth Gaskell and Thomas Hardy and plenty of others, most of them born post-1800 though.
imighthaveknown: Booksimighthaveknown on October 15th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'm almost finished with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

I regard the Song of Ice and Fire series as light reading break items. I know they're huge, but they aren't terribly challenging, while still being well-written. But I've been trying lately not to separate reading "serious" books and "lighter" books. It's a blurry line to begin with anyway, and I feel like it hinders me from enjoying more books that aren't as predictable in which category they'd fit into.
meredith caitmabith on October 16th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
I didn't mean that we should all separate our books, just that most people who read a lot have books they consider lighter, that they read through quickly, that are less intense, etc... I was just curious as to what other people's 'light' books were since of course we don't all have the same criteria or tastes.

I'm not sure how a genre or category would change the reading experience though. If I'm reading a book I'm paying attention to the story and not the genre.
imighthaveknownimighthaveknown on October 16th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
Oh I know. I didn't think you were saying that at all, just saying what I myself have been trying to do and how I think of books I read.

It changes it a little for me personally. For a light reading book, for example, I'd be able to read without needing a lot of time to dedicate to it, or while I'm waiting for work to start with everyone bustling around me. A deeper book would require more sit-down quiet time to read it. It's less about genre and more about the content and quality of a book. As I said, this is how it is for me-- we all read differently and that's fine.