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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

Chekhov Four Plays
Anton Chekhov, David Magarshack
Beyond the University Why Liberal Education Matters
Michael S Roth
First Love, Last Rites
Ian McEwan
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall

Hat Trick

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America - Barbara Ehrenreich The Lady Chosen - Stephanie Laurens

At any given time, I generally have at least four books in progress, and I read from each almost every day. The four major categories are:


1. Bath Book - usually mass-market fiction (most likely historical romance) that I read in the bathtub in the morning before work


2. Poetry - from which I read aloud each day


3. Bus Book - usually - but not always - nonfiction that can be read in relatively short chunks during my morning commute


4. Big Book - Literary fiction or complex non-fiction, such as literary criticism, that I usually read at home, in bigger, quieter chunks. 


These classifications are fluid, and books sometimes drift between categories. Often, there are more than four books going in my life. It's all good.


Now and then, by coincidence, I'll finish a couple of books on the same day. Today, by some confluence of dumb luck, I had a remarkable event: Three books finished - my bath book, Stephanie Laurens' "The Lady Chosen," my bus book, Barbara Ehrenreich's "Bright-Sided," and my Big Book, Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time." 


It was a good reading day. 


Now, on to the next . . .