What Are You Reading?

I don’t know if it is just me or if others have the same compulsion when they see someone reading a book, to ask “What are you reading?” But of course I don’t actually ask because if I were intensely reading a book I would not want to be interrupted, or maybe I would because I really like to tell people about a good book.

I always read more than one book at a time and you will probably be like “what?” when I confess: I have a car book, for those times I am waiting on kids, husband or whoever, I have at least two or three at any one time at my bedside and I have one in the bathroom (can’t believe I just shared that).

So what are you reading?

Do you read more than one book at a time?

What is your favorite book so far this year?

Here is what I am reading:

Blue Nights by Joan Didion : This is the first book I have read by this author and I find it a moving memoir  dealing with loss and grappling with the unanswered questions within her own heart.  There is always the unasked question, “would you read more from this author?”  Probably not, once is enough. But with that said, I am glad I am reading this book. (Bathroom)

The Collected Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald: Flappers and Philosophers,/Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald:  I know everyone has gushed over  The Great Gatsby, but I am so  glad I started with this collection of short stories. Not only does he take the mundane and make it interesting, I have been learning a great deal from reading this collection. And yes I will probably read everything I can get my hands on when I finish this book. (Car Book)

The Screenwriters Bible by David Trottier: It is informative.

Elmore Leonard’s Collection of Western Short Stories:  A few I like and some are a bit dated for me. But I will probably read something more recent next. Any suggestions?

My favorite book so far this year is definitely The Collected Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Author: iola reneau

I am a writer and sometimes author.

9 thoughts on “What Are You Reading?”

  1. I have never read any of the books you are currently reading. Must say your idea of place-specific reading books is genius…can’t tell you the number of times I’ve driven myself crazy having forgotten my reading book somewhere…made a special trip to work on my last Friday off for that reason. 🙂 What am I reading? Nocturnes by John Connolly, Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and Gilgamesh the King by Robert Silverberg. I’ll probably add another to the list as I’m contemplating joining a book club. Happy reading! Fun post! 😀

  2. Besides the textbooks I’m reading for school, I’m reading:

    “The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard. Picked this up at the WOK Spring Workshop last month. So far, I’m really enjoying it, although I’m only on page 6.

    “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. This is my fun book, just for a laugh, read when I need a break, type book.

    “Dream A Little Dream” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I wanted to read a romance book, and this one came highly recommended.

    Oh and those nasty textbooks from last term:
    “The Wilderness World of John Muir” edited by Edwin Way Teale. I had to write a literary analysis and picked John Muir. I love his descriptions and excitement of nature.

    “2011 Pushcart Prize XXXV – Best of the Small Presses” edited by Bill Henderson. Also required reading for my English class. I’m still reading a couple stories a week because they are so good.

    “Master Class in Fiction Writing” by Adam Sexton. Required for my writing workshop class. I’m referring to it as I write.

    I really want to settle in and read just one book at a time, but I don’t want to put any of them down. Maybe I should have a “bathroom” book too. Might help. 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing Joan and Anna.
    I have a copy of Pushcart and have dipped in and out. I love short stories, especially when my time is limited. And the fact that a few of my favorite reads are short stories; they are like tiny jewels when you come across an exceptional one.

    Happy Reading Always.

  4. Don’t be abashed over having a bathroom book. I always say, time spent in the bathroom not reading is time wasted.

    Just make sure you only read the car book while in “Park.” 🙂

    What am I reading? Have to get back to you on that, I’ve only had time to eat, sleep, blog and work lately.

  5. Welcome to the F. Scott Fitzgerald fan club. Gatsby was not even his best seller; in fact, it was a commercial disappointment. I have read all of his novels, more than once, and every short story I could find. His life story is equally fascinating, though sad and ultimately tragic. Two keys to understanding Fitzgerald (other than his relationship with Zelda) are his name (his full name is “Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald” after his rich relative, the famous author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Baltimore Brahmin) and the enduring quote that relates to his legacy as a “poor relation” to the aforementioned Scott and Key families: “The rich are different than you and me.”


    1. I wish I had the time to really immerse my mind in his writing. Thank you for the info regarding his relation to Francis, I enjoyed learning about their connection.

  6. I’m a woman of three book groups, two in Bakersfield and one in Oregon, where I spend summers. Thankfully, in May one Bakersfield group A is discussing Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which Bakersfield group B read and discussed in January 2013. Currently, I’m reading Killing Lincoln, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard, which Group B is discussing in May. Also reading Half the Sky, which we’re discussing in my Women’s Issues group. Additionally, Natalie Goldberg’s Thunder and Lightning; Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft. xoA

  7. Hi Annis~I read “Wild” when it first came out. I would like to read Killing Lincoln. I read “Writing down the bones” 15 years ago but have not read “Thunder and Lightning” I would be interested to know how you like it.
    I have to add “Unholy Hunger” to my list of currently being read as of today.
    So many books so little time.

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