So I Shadow Read - which is reading multiple books at once (see Bat Definition page for more on where I got that term). I've given up guilting myself out over it and just accepted that I'm always going to pick up multiple books because I read different content when in different moods. (Should probably add Book Moods to the definition list, huh.) But! The problem is moving. Since I knew this was coming I've ignored all of my ebooks for months and focused only on the paper books because they'd take up suitcase space. I'm in the middle of multiple books though, and now have to figure out what to leave behind.
First question to those who use Netgallery - I can redownload a gallery book on a different computer, right? I could rush through the book I'm working on but I'd rather just pick it up when I get to my destination and read on that computer. Yes, I could put it on my ereader - but it's kind of stuffed full atm and now is not the time to weed stuff out. (Because I would spend lots of time doing that!)
Anyway, back to the paper books - here's what's getting set aside. Unless I suddenly find extra time to finish them. [Insert laughter here.]
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by: Erik Larson
This is actually a reread, so all I'm really missing on this go-round is a careful finishing of it. I skim-finished it last night. I'll actually blog up a review later today. Because no space in the luggage for a mere reread!
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
by: David Hajdu
Was enjoying this and still want to go back to it - but it's a hardback book (heavy). Only have 80ish pages to go. Will probably cheat and read epilogue at least. This is history I studied multiple times in grad school and so my interest in it is wildly biased in favor. But it's important history for anyone interested in comics, censorship, and social science research. Read this page on wikipedia for more: Comics Code Authority.
Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day
by: Anne Somerset
This one I am annoyed not to have finished - I still have the court of George I through the current queen to get through, in only 110 pages. Short review: it was not easy being a lady at court, ever. Or at least what I've read - up to the 1700s. But definitely a more interesting life for a woman than being stuck at home.
The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug
by: Bennett Alan Weinberg and Bonnie K. Bealer
This has been nice bedtime reading - weird and interesting history and nothing that'll so fascinate me that I give up on sleeping to read. 170 pages to go and it's hardback, so it's staying here.
Arabian Nights: The Marvels and Wonders of The Thousand and One Nights
by: Anonymous Anonymous (author) Richard Francis Burton (author) Jack Zipes (author)
This is actually a perfect book to pick up and put down because the stories never do end. I was last reading this in December when I had to post about an entire story because of the WTF. Which is why you should make sure and read a modern version of the Arabian Nights rather than anything older and prudish.
Warning, both of these are long (and this is after I've shortened and summed up!):
What is going along with me?
Next post for that. Because I've made the decision that listing them will help me decide - and this isn't procrastination because I don't want to do laundry or packing or (ugh) sewing up a few clothes items. Yup, all of this is actually productive! (Let me live in my delusion!)