I think it’s time for another installment of What Are You Reading? What I have been reading is lots and lots of science fiction, but I’m getting down to the end of my stack. I’m midway through Federation, leaving just one Trek book left from my original plans…and quite a few new additions to the To Be Read list after reading everyone else’s reviews for the Sci Fi Experience!
But for the moment I’m stepping away a bit from the sci fi. In my ongoing quest to finish series, I have the next installment of the Pink Carnation series, The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig. It’s a series of historical fiction romances–with spies!–and while some are better than others, they’re always quite a lot of fun.
After I check that one off, I’m finally diving into Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I bought a big, thick, not-too-heavy copy and am ready to go on that one. I was debating about which translation to get, and then in the end I wound up with a copy that doesn’t list the translation–even though I spent five minutes in the book store peering at the table of contents, the jacket flaps, etc. I did discover in the (very long) table of contents that the book is divided into five parts, so I might intersperse other reading in between–or not, if I’m being carried along by the story.
If I do intersperse, I have a handful of quick reads that ought to be a nice break from the long and dense classical fiction…Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, a graphic novel; The Four Seasons of Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem, which is more or less a picture book collection; and The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, which may not be short in itself, but is a collection of short stories I could dip in and out of.
Hmm…as I consider all this, I kind of feel like Les Mis is the heavy-gravity planet that all my other reads are currently orbiting around (it’s all that sci fi reading…) I am slightly intimidated, but also excited. I’ll let you know how it goes!
In the meantime…what are you reading?
And as an addendum note–this is my 500th blog post! *tosses confetti*