As a self-confessed book worm I often have two or more books on the go at once. In fact, technically speaking, I am currently reading four books; one second-hand copy of How to Eat by Nigella Lawson, a Lonely Planet guide to France (started last year, or was it the year before?), The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, and I am about to start The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, one of my favourite authors.
I came across a somewhat battered copy of How to Eat in a charity shop a few weeks ago and looking for some foodie inspiration I bought it and have been slowly working my way through it, often when I’m eating dinner. A lot of the recipes are not for me as they contain meat, which I don’t eat but what I do love is the way Nigella talks about food, with such passion but also a lack of pretentiousness or preachiness. She just enjoys cooking and eating and believes in the importance of good, honest, unfussy food, something I can certainly go along with!
I’ve also been dipping in and out of the Lonely Planet guide to France for quite some time now. I pick it up when I have the odd half an hour and a cuppa in hand and don’t want to spend it flicking through social media. As a Francophile, I am using it as inspiration for future visits; it’s working rather well!
The Selfish Gene is the second book in my current popular science phase I’m going through. I recently finished A Brief History of Time by Professor Stephen Hawking, which was a challenge for a non-scientist but then that’s why I bought it, I wanted to educate myself and step out of familiar reading territory. I’m not at all ashamed to admit I didn’t understand all of it; he lost me when talking about quarks, but I was able to follow most of it. Now I’ve moved on to The Selfish Gene and am finding that a much more accessible read and a thoroughly interesting one too.
I haven’t read any fiction in a while and am therefore really looking forward to starting The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak in the next two weeks. I have read The Architect’s Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul by the same author and love the beautifully descriptive prose she uses and the complexity of her characters.
What is interesting is that I think my book reading habits reflect my mind quite well; constantly flitting from one thing to another, rarely able to stay focused and do one thing at a time. That is something of a disadvantage when it comes to getting things done. I’m writing this when I should be working on an assignment for my MA but I just couldn’t find the inspiration today. I wrote a little for it earlier but I felt it was mostly drivel, so I stopped and started writing something else instead. Maybe having done so I’ll be able to go back to my studies. Or maybe I’ll read …
What are you reading at the moment? Do you have several books on the go at once, or work through them one at a time? Share your recommendations for a good read, fiction or non-fiction, in the comments section. Thank you.