Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Memes - Musing and Reading

 This week’s musing asks…
How many books do you read in a week? Month? Year?
I read probably 1-2 books a week and about 4-10 in a month. It really varies, and probably averages on the low side of those numbers. I'm not a fast reader, and the books I read tend to be long and often challenging. I rarely read "light reads"! If I'm reading graphic novels, expect the numbers to be higher; if I have the opportunity to sneak in an audiobook, the numbers will edge up a little, too. But if I'm tackling a chunkster, or just having trouble getting through something, or have too many going at once, or get busy with other things, I'll slow down. I get about an hour a day to read, mostly on my commute; that time is precious! Sometimes I'll read in the evening as well, often a graphic novel.  So it all depends. But even if I'm no speed demon you can be sure I'm always reading!

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Funny you should ask! I'm reading Little, Big, by John Crowley, a very intriguing fantasy about an unusual family. I'm only a little ways into the book so it's hard to say much more. I don't know if Crowley is usually shelved in science fiction but his book is certainly edgy and different. I'll be able to tell you more when I'm done!

I'm also reading The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography, by Tetsuo Sawai. So far I'm finding it to be the best of the three Penguin manga biography series; I liked Gandhi and Che Guevara but maybe because I knew the least about the Dalai Lama going in, or maybe because the story is just told so beautifully, this is my favorite one. I have to say I found it odd that the creators of the series decided to include a figure like Guevara, who advocated violence and armed uprising, alongside nonviolent religious figures like Gandhi and the Dalai Lama. But Guevara is certainly a very marketable, recognizable figure and I'm sure that would have entered into the decision. But this one is the book to get, in my opinion, of the three.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at BookJourney.