Like most book lovers, I’ve always got more than one book going at a time. Right now, I’m working on one audiobook, one eBook, and two traditional books. Here’s what I’m currently reading:
Right now, I’m finishing up The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, written and read by Eric Weiner. I need to have this done for a book group tomorrow evening, so it’s my primary focus right now. I have to say, I love this book. Weiner, an NPR correpsondent, decided to see what makes a place “happy.” Or, in the case of Moldova, unhappy. He visited a number of places and talked to people to see how happy they are. I’ve still got two chapters to go, but so far we’ve been to the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar, Moldova (not a happy place), Iceland, Thailand, and Great Britain. Part travel book, part social sciences, this is one of the better audiobooks I’ve listened to recently. My only complaint is that the author (who is also the reader) has a couple of idiosyncratic pronunciations. That’s something I cann overlook. If you haven’t read this book, please do. You’ll enjoy it.
I just recently started reading Earth Magic by Marion Weinstein. This is the revised edition of a book I read over twenty years ago. Weinstein, who died a few years ago, was a self-professed witch. Earth Magic was the second of her two books discussing what she called positive magic. Positive magic seems to be a kind of combination paganism and New Thought. It makes for very interesting reading, especially if you’re interested in either paganism or New Thought, as I am. This is my first time reading the revised edition, but it seems to have more information than the original. I’m looking forward to reading more of it.
The first of the two traditional books I’m reading is Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy. The story of the author’s time spent living in India, it’s part travelogue, part social commentary, and part memoir. Kennedy is a good writer (another NPR correpsondent), with a good eye for the details of life and society in a very different culture. I particularly like the way she describes her upbringing by two peripatetic souls from the Sixties. As you can probably tell, I like this type of book (travel, commentary, memoir) very much. Probably because I’ve always wanted to travel myself.
The second book is Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich. I enjoy mysteries, but I’ve never read any of the wildly popular Stephanie Plum series except for the relatively short Visions of Sugar Plums. I finally decided it was time to read some of them. They are good, if a little chick lit. Whether or not I’ll finish the entire series, I don’t know. I believe I will, but it may take me some time — I’ve got so many other books on my list