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, if I’m not trying to finish something, I’ll read something in its entirety. As near as I can tell, these books are almost chosen randomly, though I do have some idea beforehand.

New Books

I have the privilege to read to my wife every night. We’ve been working out way through this teenage spy thriller series. This is book 8.
Current status:
Just started.
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’s based during Season 1 of the show.
Current status:
Just started.
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
My book of the month. Following on from book 1 from last month, this sees Amber taking refuge in the unusual town of Desolation Falls.
Current status:
Last quarter to go.
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.
Current status:
Just started.
Chose this series primarily on the stunning book covers and coloured pages. I’m very much enjoying this series by Michael Grant immensely.
Current status:
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.
Current status:
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.
From my move novelisation collection, let’s see what James Rollins brings to the least popular film of the franchise..
Current status:
Just started.
Every reading list should include a book of short stories. This one features zombies. BRRAAAAIINNNS!
Current status:
Over halfway
Got lots of Terry Pratchett, not just Discworld. Concluding this marvellous collaboration with Stephen Baxter.
Current status:
Just started.
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.
Something to read at work while the computer’s doing its endless thinking thing. A Tom Sharpe I’ve not read before. A farce involving a corrupt Chief Constable and a drugged yuppie.
Current status:
Just started.
Another one of my wife’s collections. Extra adventures for Sam and Al. This time Sam’s leap could jeopardise Al’s love…
Current status:
Just finished Search and Rescue so will start next time round.
Yet another one of my wife’s collections. Finished the first trilogy, now onto the second…
Current status:
One third in.
Something to read while at my parents’ house, just what does Spike Milligan think Robin Hood get up to?
Current status:
Just started.
Picked up a few G.P Taylors. This is book 2 of the Shadowmancer series.
Current status:
Just finished Tersias so not started yet.
Guess whose collection this belongs to? Another collection of the famous consulting detectives exploits.
Current status:
Just finished and trying to 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. This one’s about a man who is accused of having an affair with another man’s wife. Only he is the other man…
Current status:
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.
Current status:
Nearly halfway.
From my game tie-in collection. This chronicles the life and times of Raynor and Tychus before Wings of Liberty.
Current status:
Over halfway
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…
Current status:
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…
Current status:
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.
Current status:
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:
Just started.
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. A second voyage on the Pirate Steam sees more adventures in strange lands.
Current status:
Just started.
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. The first book in what is arguably the best Discworld series, the Night Watch. Someone’s let a dragon loose on Ankh-Morpork.
Current status:
Just finished Pyramids so will read this in its entirety 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.
Current status:
Halfway.
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:
Just started.
I’ve a decently large collection of graphic novels, working my way through them. It’s the Clone Wars baby! This one introduces bad-ass Gen’Dai bounty hunter known as Durge.
Current status:
Just started.
Going back through the ol’ X-Files books. Lovely stuff. Patient X on the run, X-Files style.
Current status:
One third in.
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