Currently Reading

Before I start this list, I ought to attempt to describe the convoluted reading method I’ve developed over the years. Currently, I claim to have 36 books on the go. While this is technically true, it’s also not entirely accurate either.
I love reading and want to read so many books that there was only one way I could manage it, and it’s nuts…
My reading list is split into 2 main categories: the reading pile and the other books
The reading pile actually takes up most of a shelf and holds the bulk of the reading list. Each day, I take the leftmost (or top) book from the shelf and read 50 pages and then finish the chapter or short story that lands on. If there are less than 100 pages to go, I’ll finish the book.
Certain books only get read at specific times, such as those I read to family members. I also have A Song of Ice and Fire Fridays at work and there are books I read at my parents’ house from their collections.
I have so many Terry Pratchett and Star Wars books that these get read in their entirety.
When I complete a book, that goes back to where it came from, the next book is chosen and goes on the shelf at the bottom of the pile to be read once I’ve gone back through the shelf again.
Also, at the beginning of a month, I’ll exclusively read something completely different in its entirety. As near as I can tell, these books are almost chosen randomly, though I do have some idea beforehand.

New Books

My wife has a reasonably-sized collection of Buffy books, so I thought, “Why not?” and am now working my way through them. This one contains three stories featuring a brooding man in black…no, not Batman.
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Just finished Night Of The Living Rerun, so will read this next time round.
A handy book for just dipping into on occasion. This one chronicles the hilarious and inventive ways stupid people have improved the human gene pool by removing themselves from it.
Current status:
Over halfway
Arguably my wife’s biggest book collection, just sitting about the house, giving it a go. This one features the 11th Doctor with Amy and Rory and is told as series of letters and accounts.
Current status:
Just started
Reading this to my youngest. It’s got dragons in it.
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Just started.
I have the privilege to read to my wife every night. This is book 7 from what is possibly our favourite series. Following the crew of the Rocinante as humanity reaches the stars, for better or worse.
Current status:
Just started.
Got lots of Terry Pratchett, not just Discworld. Just picked this short story collection up the other day..
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Just completed the fantastic Long Earth series, so will read this next time round.
Chose this series primarily on the stunning book covers and coloured pages. I’m very much enjoying this Lord Of The Flies meets Heroes series by Michael Grant immensely.
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Just started.
Going through what little horror we have in the house, I thought I’d go through R. L. Stein’s Goosebumps series. We’ve picked up a few since I last read them. Not read this one before.
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Just read 5, will read another 5 next time.
Having lent the next Sigma Force book to a friend, I’m currently going through James Rollins’s other works.
Current status:
One quarter in.
The house is literally bursting at the seams with many books I’ve not read yet, so of course I’m going to get one from the library. This is a humorous urban fantasy with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe.
Current status:
Just started.
From my move novelisation collection, let’s see what James Rollins brings to the least popular film of the franchise..
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Just started.
Every reading list should include a book of short stories. This one features zombies. BRRAAAAIINNNS!
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Over halfway
The final instalment of Stephen Baxter’s Manifold series, this one’s more of a short story collection, including extra stories for the series as well as other, stand-alone stories.
Current status:
Over halfway.
Another one of my wife’s collections. Extra adventures for Sam and Al. This time Sam’s leap could jeopardise Al’s love…
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Just started.
Yet another one of my wife’s collections. Finished the first trilogy, now onto the second…
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One third in.
Something to read while at my parents’ house, just what does Spike Milligan think Robin Hood get up to?
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Just started.
Picked up a few G.P Taylors. This is book 2 of the Shadowmancer series.
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Just finished Tersias so not started yet.
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. Guess whose collection this belongs to? Another collection of the famous consulting detectives exploits.
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Just finished The Return of Sherlock Holmes and cannot find the matching cover for The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. Might have to scan it.
From my classic sci-fi collection, I try to pick those that can be finished in one day or so. No idea what this one’s about.
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Just finished the Two-Timers so will read this next time round.
Heard about a certain show on a channel I don’t get being reasonably well received. Can’t watch it, won’t pay for it, so reading it instead.
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Over halfway.
From my game tie-in collection. This chronicles events after the conclusion to Legacy Of The Void. Blimey! I ought to go finish playing that before reading this.
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Just finished Devil’s Due so will read this next time round, and after I’ve finished the game. If it comes up before I’ve played the game, I’ll probably read Nova: Spectres instead.
With such a large collection that’s still mostly unread, I can’t just have one book from here. Having started with Darth Bane, I’m now here. Pushing on, pushing on…
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Will read this straighter after I, Jedi.
With such a large collection that’s still mostly unread, I can’t just have one book from here. Having started with Darth Bane, I’m now here. Pushing on, pushing on…
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Just finished the Jedi Academy Trilogy so will read this next time round.
From my largest book collection and ignoring the LEGACY insult that episode VII has placed on them. Been going through them chronologically. This slot’s for either rereading earlier books or reading newly acquired books I’ve already passed in the chronology.
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Just finished Choices of One so will read this next time round.
Every book list should have a non-fiction book in it somewhere. No this isn’t cheating!
Current status:
Read the first chapter.
Reading this to my oldest child. I’ve read the first two of this series and it’s time to find out what Chevron Sevanno gets up to next while trapped in Victorian London.
Current status:
Over halfway.
From my action/adventure/thriller collection, I’m going through Andy McDermott’s thrilling Wilde Chase series.
Current status:
Over halfway
Every book collection has some books that are larger than life and not really good for out and about. This one’s a further continuation of the story featuring Mole, Rat, Badger and the badly behaved Toad.
Current status:
Just started.
Rereads
What’s the point of owning lots of books if you don’t read the stuffing out of them? Here’s the books I’m currently rereading:
Been going through my Michael Crichton collection, finishing up with this doozy. Forget the mediocre film, I have fond memories of this book which I’ve not read for 20 years!
Current status: Just started, and remembering it surprisingly well!
Excepting the various diaries and play scripts, I’ve got all of Discworld. Lovingly going through it again. A hapless necromancer attempts to summon a Demon to grant him 3 wishes. What he gets is the failed wizard: Rincewind.
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Just finished Guards! Guards! so will read this next time round.
While waiting for this to be picked up by HBO, I’ve been going back through this epic series on the Galactic Milieu. While humanity is discovering mental powers, aliens turn up and see if they’re trustworthy enough to be part of the gang.
Current status:
Just started.
Reread all four Red Dwarf books (c’mon, I need more!), I’ve stuck with a theme and rereading Rob Grant’s other books. Kicking of with the highly satirical Incompetence where anybody, regardless of their level of suitability, can do any job they like. There’s a killer on the loose.
Current status:
Just started, even better than I remember.
Having ploughed through them quickly the first time, it gave me a lot to think about. Giving it another run. With the 2nd coming been and gone, those left behind have to make important life choices. Swarms of nasty locusts make things really interesting.
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Just finished Soul Harvest so will start this next time.
Something to read at work while the computer’s doing its endless thinking thing. Working my way back through my Tom Sharpe collection. This one looks at college shenanigans.
Current status:
Just started.
Harry Harrison’s personally favourite series, this sci-fi crime adventure whodunit mystery is just plain fun. This time he’s chasing an entity through Earth’s history.
Current status:
Halfway.
I’ve a decently large collection of graphic novels, working my way through them. It’s the Clone Wars baby! Another volume of politics and war, I seem to recall this one being more manga in style.
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Just started.
Going back through the ol’ X-Files books. Lovely stuff. What could possibly go wrong with a skin graft? Well, this actually.
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Just finished Antibodies so will start this next time round.
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