Books: What I'm Reading Now

So I have a few books stacked on my table at the moment, and I'm in various stages of progress with all of them.

I'm still trying to finish The Dante Club. But the coming summer and nice weather makes it feel like a bad fit. And (for those of you who haven't read my previous post about it) I can't read it right before bed because it gives me the most grotesque dreams.

I've been asked to read and review Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol. In my defense, I did start reading it. And I don't hate it or anything, but it's not really holding my attention either. I think it's one of a series, so maybe I'm suffering for not having read the others first.

Then I picked up Swoon from the library, which is a nonfiction book that looks at that je ne sais quoi some men have that attracts women. I had this idea it might help me as a writer (the author talks about stereotypes like the Alpha Male and how those aren't actually what women go for), but as I'm reading it I'm remembering that I don't really write romantic male leads. I mean, Peter and Charles are romantic in their own ways, and David Styles and Alfred Keenan . . . Well, Alfred would probably be the closest thing to one of these charismatic types in Swoon. But anyway, this one isn't really keeping me captivated.

However, I have just started Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore (on my Kindle), and I'm enjoying it quite a lot. The narrator is fun and the store is very curious. Added bonus is that it's set in San Francisco. Like a lot of people, I like reading stuff set in places I know and to which I can relate. (The film equivalent of this is when a movie is shot someplace you've lived or are very familiar with and you feel the need to exclaim, "I've been there!" and "Hey!" every time you recognize a landmark.) Anyway, this book definitely does have my full attention. I suspect it will be a quick read.

1 comment:

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I've found that I must stumble across a book myself for me to enjoy it. THE DRESDEN FILES was highly recommended to me, but I balked. Then, I saw the show and thought the books had to be better -- and they were -- but it was my own idea to read them.

My urban fantasies set in New Orleans have a few devoted fans that were first drawn to a fantasy set in their old home town. Thanks so much for commenting on my post of yesterday. I enjoyed your LEGEND OF HARRY POTTER post, too. I was drawn to it by my own THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH (who, alas, is only a legend in his own teenaged mind!) Have a great weekend, Roland