girlie jones (girliejones) wrote,
girlie jones
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Little Brother

I snaffled the ASif review copy of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother a couple of weeks ago and hopped into a lovely hot bath to read it. And ... whilst it's really quite excellent - well-written, engaging and a gripping plot - I'm having trouble reading it. You see ... it's kind of near futuristic science fiction and yes, whilst I might be a huge fan of this subgenre and actually publish this stuff ... it's not bedtime reading at all. Several nights last week I've thought "ooh I'm going to go to bed early and read the Doctorow" but when I get there and I'm all warm and comfy and propped up with my pillows, it's not really the subject matter that I want to leave in the front of my mind as I wind down and try to go to sleep.

Which is how it should be. This book isn't for fun reading - it's horror at its most horrifying - sickeningly plausible and realistic for the current era - and challenging in terms of the current political atmosphere. I'm loving it. It's just not bedtime reading which is when I do most of my fun reading.

So I relegated it to the bathroom for bathtime reading. And that made me wonder how y'all read. Do you pick up one book and read it till it's done, completely absorbed in the world till it's over (one of my favourite ways to read and I know it's a good book when it demands I read it that way). Or do you read several books at once and have different books in different places, locations and times of your day/life?
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