I confess to being a lazy reader. When I’m reading for fun I don’t like to work hard. I like a nice linear plot and a good story. Aside from professional literature I read a lot of mysteries. I have bouts with science fiction too.
I just finished Jasper Fforde’s latest literary-fantasy-mystery romp, First Among Sequels. I love Fforde’s books because they’re lighthearted, witty, and full of his love of books and reading. This one’s fifth in the adventures of Thursday Next, the Special Operations Network, Literary Detective. It’s especially fun because it also makes use of my favorite science fiction sendup, the time travel paradox. (If you like this sort of thing don’t miss the classic Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem. Hilarious.)
Now I’m reading Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. This book is haunting, lyrical, funny and fantastic — sometimes all at once. It’s much better than the movie, which left out more than half the book and added elements from another of his novels (go figure.) I highly recommend it.
What are you reading?