Jul. 8th, 2010

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So I've been reading a lot. So much in fact that the Mass Effect fic I've been working on for weeks and weeks hasn't been touched in several more weeks. >_>; Which means all my other projects have been stuck on the back burner.

You see, there's a blessing and a curse to reading where everyone can see you reading. Vague acquaintances offer you things to read. I love to read a variety of things, and many people who are not me also have excellent taste in books, so I generally will at least try any book I'm offered. But I also check out three or four books per week from the library, so this fills up my schedule pretty easily. The problem is, some people who have offered me books recently have a vastly different taste in books than I do. Like the veteran who offered me a nonfiction book about tunnel fighters in Vietnam. Which sounds interesting, but not interesting enough for me to focus on it for any length of time. I read a chapter, just to make a valiant effort, but ultimately returned it without finishing. And then someone else offered me a mystery novel, and the only mysteries I truly enjoy are Sherlock Holmes, or supernatural mystery (usually shelved with fantasy/sci-fi or romance and not mystery, btw). It was okay, and I read the whole thing bc it was only about 300 pages, but I have no desire whatsoever to read the other books in the series.

Now I'm reading a probably-1000-page book, and I have no idea where it's going. It's intriguing nonetheless, but it's not fantasy, it's not sci-fi, it's not nonfiction. I think the fact that I can't classify it is part of the problem. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It's sort of medieval, or possibly even pre-medieval. But without dragons. And lots of references to "eating knives" which makes me giggle every time. Even though I know that's what they called them.


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