What I’m Currently Reading…

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Since I have a reading cycle and it seems to be a bit different than most peoples idea of a TBR, I try to list what series I’m currently reading once or twice a year. Helps tie things together since it can be up to 2 months before cycling through everything. Some are actual series and others are just grouped together by author, whatever is easiest for me to deal with.

So without further ado!

 

The Complete Shakespeare

The Jeeves Omnibuses

Alistair Reynolds

Ravenloft (a Forgotten Realms spinoff)

The Sacketts

Charles Dickens

Piers Platt

Patricia McKillip

The Faithful and the Fallen

Torchship Omnibus

Lord of the Rings (including the Hobbit)

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Kurtherian Gambit

Gaunt’s Ghosts

Drenai Chronicles

The Keiko trilogy

Polity

Non-fiction

Misc (standalones by single authors)

Twilight Reign

Dean Koontz

Garrett PI

 

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Not QUITE that many, but sometimes it feels like it!

Sacketts has only one more book to go and then I’ll be cycling an omnibus edition by Zane Grey into its slot. Gotta keep the westerns going, 6000 pages of “going” in fact!

Faithful and Fallen is on probation and unless book 2 really impresses me, will be replaced with something else. Gwynne made a bad first impression on me and I’m not very forgiving.

Platt has 6 books in a new series I’ll be trying, but unless he ups his game from his Oz books, he’ll be getting the sack too.

Ravenloft I’ll keep reading until I get sick of the puerile, franchise fiction level of writing.

Everything else I’ll probably stay the course.  Because I’m….

Captain Obvious!!!!!!

 

 

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39 thoughts on “What I’m Currently Reading…

  1. I’m interested in what you end up thinking about Patricia McKillip. I had someone recommend her books recently but I’ve yet to try anything.

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  2. salonimore1702 says:

    Oooh, I really want to reread LOTR before going off to university. Looks like a very good list of books!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thank you. It’s been close to a decade since I’ve read LotR so it’s time has arrived 😀

      Any particular reason you want to re-read it before Uni?

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      • salonimore1702 says:

        Over the years, I’ve made a list of books that I want to read before uni–books that have really shaped me as a person and all that. LOTR was, of course, on that list because it was the first high-fantasy series I had read so it’s always had a special place in my heart.

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  3. Manuel Antao says:

    Maybe I’ll also embark on re-reading Reynold’s Revelation Series as well (I don’t remember writing reviews back in the day when the books came out). This year I read “Shadow Captain” (belongs to another series) and I didn’t like it. Let’s see how the rest of the year goes though.

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  4. Nicole says:

    Nice list. I need to get back to the next Shakespeare on my list, and want to get to my re-read of LOTR (and/or The Hobbit) soon. Enjoy!

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  5. Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

    I have a giant complete works of Shakespeare decorating a shelf. I’ve maybe two of the plays. I do enjoy watching stage productions of them. Maybe that counts.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Haha! ME TOO! My parents bought me a leather bound edition back in the 90’s. The paper is Bible thin and the print is miniscule. So on the shelf it sits, looking extremely imposing and very impressive, kind of like a fat butler!

      Thank goodness for ebooks is all I can say.

      As for watching, I think that counts even more. As I’m reading these it just becomes so apparent that they NEED to be watched to get the full and best effect. Reading it in book form is good for familiarizing myself with it, but if I really want to dig, I’ll have to watch them. Not sure if that’ll ever happen though.

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  6. I’m interested in what you think of the faithful and fallen books. Right now I’m reading another McKillip book and Sturgeon’s More Than Human. Got some Steven Brust lined up.

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  7. piotrek says:

    This is actually a very interesting idea. A kind of have (try to..) sth similar going, maybe not that consistently, where I try to go back to some authors regularly, and the list includes Shakespeare, McKillip and Czajkowski 🙂 But I lack discipline to make regular, round circles;)

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Discipline is easy for me because I just found a cycle that works for me. It was figuring out what did work that took a while. Too few selections in the rotation and I burn out on a series, too many and I’m only reading 2 books a year from a series and completely forgetting what went on earlier. Every 2 months or so is a good time frame for me.

      The added benefit is that I no longer mood read. My psyche has adjusted to my brain being in charge and it works. For me 😀

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      • piotrek says:

        But you also read a fair bit more than I do, so it does not take too long for you to make a full circle…

        One thing I generally manage is to mix genres, and read some non-fiction in-between.

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  8. Oh man, I would love a library like the one in that picture. No, even I don’t have that many books on my TBR, but yes, it sometimes does feel like it. I feel like it’s getting harder than ever to manage my reading, because these days I just want to tackle everything all at once.

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  9. YouKneeK says:

    I always enjoy seeing your lists when you post them. 🙂 I haven’t read many of the things on your list right now, although some are on my list to get to someday. I’m actually planning to read my first McKillip pretty soon, in maybe 4-5 books. Alphabet of Thorn. I have no idea if that’s a good starting point or not, but it’s on the list I pull most of my reading from and I have it for my Kindle already. I had it queued up as a backup plan if I made it through my current series on my business trip, because my next book is a physical library book and I didn’t want to pack it. But I didn’t quite finish my current series, so the McKillip will remain in its original slot. 🙂

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  10. Oh, my goodness and I thought that I was bad!!! That many books? The question I was always asked was, “how do you keep everything straight?”.

    Do you have an organized process? How do you know when your next Dickens or Shakespeare is coming up? Do you ever get distracted with other books and want to add them in? Am I asking too many questions? 😉

    I’m going to try to read Measure For Measure for June. I’d like to get some of the ones I’m less excited about out of the way and leave some of the good ones for last.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      First, not to many questions. Questions mean I get to blab and blabbing is one I can do. One might even say I was “born to blab” 😀

      Keeping things straight is easy. The process IS organized. So Shakespeare is at the top of the list. I read a shakespeare book and then go and read something from the Garrett PI series. That moves the Shakespeare down on the list and puts Garrett automatically at the top on my kindle (I have it sorted by last used) so I don’t even have to think about rotating stuff. It happens automatically and I just read the last thing on the list next.

      Within a series, it is almost the same. But I give myself some leeway with authors that have a lot of standalones, like Dickens. When his slot turns up, I’ll just glance over what I have available and pick what sounds good.

      Once a month I go through my kindle and delete all the books I read the previous month so that I don’t have old books on it.

      In my calibre library (an ebook management program) I have about 150-200 books with the TBR tag. Once a series gets finished on my kindle I look at the oldest one in calibre (I can sort by date added) and at that series to my kindle.
      When my tbr supply gets around 100 I’ll go and add some more. That part isn’t hard at all 🙂

      As for getting distracted and wanting. Not so much any more. I’ve realized I’m never going read all the books I want to, so I simply decided that it wouldn’t bother me if I missed some. I’m going to miss some anyway 🙂

      I’m reading a Complete Shakespeare and it appears to be divided into genres for the plays and then alphabetically. So right now I’m reading all his comedies and just finished up Midsummer Night’s Dream.

      I find if I don’t leave myself “choices” in my reading I’m much happier. I haven’t had a reading slump since I started using this process back in ’15 or ’16 whereas before that it usually happened once or twice a year.

      But the flipside is that it does take some severe discipline to not add books. I only add books I actually want to read, not ones I’m just interested in.

      Phewwww, that was a long comment 😀

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  11. My plan to catch up with all the series I started years ago has stuttered to a halt. I guess I’ll be concentrating on series read for the second half of the year!

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  12. Two solid walls of books and a comfy chair: that picture represents a fair idea of paradise… 😉

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  13. savageddt says:

    I do hope that either the keiko series or guant will be oke reads for you

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  14. Off The TBR says:

    That’s not a small list!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      No, it isn’t. That amount of variety allows me to not get bored or burned out. It took me almost a year to work out what number worked for me and just over 20 and less than 25 seems to be the magic number 🙂

      And since everything is of varying length, I’m constantly finishing up series and adding new ones so the cycle always stays fresh. I make about one cycle every 2 months.

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  15. […] the reality is that I just changed from doing scheduled things to whatever crossed my mind. I did a Currently Reading post to show you all the list of what I rotate through,  revealed My Secret Identity,  talked […]

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  16. I’m pretty envious of how your reading structure works so well with your lifestyle. Keep it up, good sir!

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