How many books do you read at a time? Do you read one book cover-to-cover before daring to pick up another? Or are you like me? How many books do I read at once? Well, that depends on my mood. Sometimes two, sometimes three, sometimes waaay more. I am currently reading four books... well, actually five. But never do I read one book at a time. What's the challenge in that?
I am reading Different For Girls (Ebury Press) by former Brit pop star, Louise Wener. I read a review of it on Trashionista and just had to have it. It sounded soo amazing I had to have it right away. I convinced myself that rather than complete the rewrite my agent requested on the first book in the Hollyweird series, my time would be better spent buying a book. Us writers do this a lot. Procrastinate. But we're so creative we don't call it procrastination. We call it research for our next book.
I stopped work on the spot and rushed out to buy the book only to discover it wasn't yet available in America. So, I joined Amazon-UK. And now I have it. I've been reading it for three weeks. I know, I know--slow. But I'm really enjoying it. And oh, I now realize it's not research.
One book I have been reading for research is Forbidden History (Bear & Co) Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon. I am more browsing this book than reading it. I'm also browsing Technology of The Gods (Adventures Unlimited Press) by David Hatcher Childress. My next project is a time travel novel, and these have turned out to be quite helpful.
Finally I'm reading the delightfully enchanting The Language of Trees (Avon) by Ilie Ruby. You have got to read this book. It's not a YA or a paranormal (my favorite genres) but it is written by a former student. Yes, I taught Ilie Ruby screen writing while she was attending graduate school at USC. And get this, I am scheduled to introduce her at her West Coast reading sponsored by USC in October. What an honor. But the real reason you should read it is it's really good. I never thought I'd be intimidated by a student, but Ilie can write!
I'm also about to start Audrey Wait (Razor Bill) by Robin Benway, because my editor, Dan Smetanka, thought it would help with my voice. Can't wait.... Get it?
So, there you have it, I'm reading four (five, really) books right now, and about to start another. I think I'm going to finish one of the others before starting Audrey Wait. Every one of the books I'm reading is worth the cover price.
So, how many books are you currently reading--and why? I'd love to hear from you.