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are you reading in several books in parallel?

what type of books do you prefer? fiction? short stories? history? thrillers?

i'm in the middle of Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind And the Novel and also Constitutional: Stories by Helen Simpson, hence the subject of this thread.

 

I have two cookbooks going at all times that I read as novels. And one non-fiction piece, normally. Either on politics or agriculture.

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I read cookbookas as if they are novels, too. And I read more than one book at a time frequently, usually mixing up fiction and nonfiction. Right now it's Evelyne Lever's biography of Marie Antoinette and Martin Amis' Yellow Dog. In the queue: Black Swan Green. For nonfiction I like history, politics, and travel/adventure, in fiction I prefer novels (both allegedly highbrow ones and stuff like Bridget Jones Diary),short stories and mysteries--I am an enormous fan of PD James, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell,etc. Thrillers bore me to death.

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as a professor of literature i am naturally the most narrowly-read person on this site.

 

I'm currently engrossed in Dry Bean Production & Pest Management by the Central High Plains Dry Bean and Beet Group and Arid Legumes by Dr. N.D. Yadava and Dr. N.L. Vyas.

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I usually have at least two books for pleasure going at the same time, one fiction and one non-fiction. I find that I'm reading much less than I used to before I discovered the internet. This, I'm sure, is a bad thing.

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i lost interest in fiction - i mean i start a lot of books but get bored too quickly maybe because there are less and less subjects/plots i find interesting - even mysteries. On the other hand there is a newly discovered pleasure of reading short stories, and it's not only because of a short attention span...

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In terms of literary genre my preference is literary fiction and crime fiction. Much of the crime fiction is written by European writers. When it comes to non-fiction I read a lot about food and history. I'll occasionally read a biography or a memoir.

 

Right now, I'm in the middle of Jane Smiley's Good Faith and Ruhlman's The Reach of a Chef. Plus Mangoes and Curry Leaves.

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I read widely and indiscriminately, and excessively--these same words could be used to describe the sex life of my former incarnation :huh:

 

I usually have at least two going at once, and I revisit old books, sometimes more than once.

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Usually only one novel or major non-fiction work at a time, but magazines, catalogues, cookbooks etc. before, during and after the big stuff. I might occasionally tuck in a pocketbook for reading on the bus while also having a larger tome on the go for bedtime reading.

 

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