You may think that after my book binge at the beginning of this year, I grew tired of reading... nope!
I started reading the books in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" series a while back and have completed the first two books -- A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. This is no small feat as the books are more than 800 and 1000 pages respectively. However, they are so engaging that I look forward to getting back to the series and jumping into book 3 in the near future.
As an aside, these are the books that made me fall in love with the iBooks app on my iPad. Such large books are a bit much in their paperback form -- heavy, floppy and difficult on my aging eyes. I sampled them on the Kindle app since I own a Kindle and thought it might be nice to switch among my devices, but the iBooks app was easier on the eyes and just worked for me.
Then things got a bit strange -- I started reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I did this not at the behest of Oprah, but rather of my husband. He often reads classics in the summertime and thought it was time for some Dickens. Remembering only vaguely that wacky Miss Havisham, I decided to join in so that we could discuss, but quickly grew tired of the book and raced ahead, finishing it as quickly as possible. Don't get me wrong -- Dickens is a great writer and all, but the serialized nature of this book lead him to stray. The sheer number of characters and side plots was exhausting.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, a steampunk/alternate history concerning the start of WWI, was my latest read. While it took me a while to get into this one, it finished well. I'll probably pick up the second book in this series at some point.
So that makes 21 books in 194 days for an average of a book every 9.2 days. My average is really slipping, but it had to happen considering the length of 3 of these books.