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One of my biggest complaints is that there is seemingly never enough time to read. But I do try to keep two in rotation at all times, usually one fiction, one non-fiction. After a brief tear on Murakami, I'm reading House of Leaves, but will likely return to Murakami for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle as my next fiction read.
Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue is the NF in rotation. Not sure what's next: have to peel through the stacks.
'The Wind Up Bird Chronicle' amongst my all time geatest reads. I also have 'The Mother Tongue' waiting on the shelf amidst dozens of books I want to read. Second hand book shops are an addiction. I'm reading 'In Service of Clouds' by Delia Falconer, it's surprisingly touching. And started yesterday Gary Taubes 'Why we get fat and what to do about it'.
NobleSavage: Sorry it has taken me a little while to get back to here. As for "The Name of the Wind" I enjoyed it very much and would not consider it gritty. My biggest complaint is that the book is mostly build up for the rest of the trilogy which is not much of a complaint since I was ready to order the sequel as soon as I finished the first book.
As for what I am now reading I have an advanced reader from the bookstore I used to work at that I am looking forward to called "Alif the Unseen." As well as reading "Love Does" I swear every time I look my stack of books to read gets bigger and bigger
In the process of reading Body by Science with authors Dr Doug McGuff & John Little. It is expounding the virtues of HIT strength training. I reckon I can manage 12 minutes a week with weights and 3 minutes a week on my rowing machine.
Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.
I started reading Game of Thrones which was really good, though it got too upsetting for me to read (I admit I am a 46 yr old wimp of a woman and dont like to read upsetting things before I go to sleep.)
As my 19 year old son says- its only fiction. And I know that but even still.
Incidentally he loved it, and is now on the second book.
I really enjoyed the medieval Shardlake mysteries (not sure if you have them in the US)
I also like Lee Child books which althoug very gritty don't upset me.
I regularly dip into Primal Blueprint. Though am looking for other books about Paleo.