Since leaving the US I have read significantly more fiction than I usually do. I would say I probably average a book or two a month. So seeing that I’ve read about 30 fiction books (not including work and University books!) since leaving the US at the end of December, I would say I’m above my average for the year. In addition to a trilogy and a couple random one off books, I have re-read the entire Vorkosigan Saga, I am currently towards the end of The Little House Series and will probably move on to the Chronicles of Narnia soon because they happen to be on our bookshelf.For those of you who enjoy science fiction, I would recommend the Vorkosigan Saga. I was introduced to these books while in Papua New Guinea and probably read about 3/4 of the series during my various village trips. It was a great mind escape then and it’s a great mind escape now. This is my third time reading through the series but my first time reading everything including the newest book which continues the story. With 20 books of various lengths, this series could occupy your mind and time for quite awhile. (Please note there are extramarital relationships and homosexual themes in the series.)
I’ve been thankful for books to read during this time of transition. Books provide something to keep me occupied and allow me to really rest on my days off. They also are great time fillers for bits and pieces of free time during the day. Books provide some moments of peace and decompression before bed. Although I do have a tendency to read until the end of the chapter (or even the end of the book) maybe a little too often. And books give me new spaces to think and stretch my mind. For example I love the juxtaposition of the sci-fi, high technology world in the Vorkosigan Saga and the simple, new technology, industrious-ness of The Little House Series.
What are you currently reading? Any new series or books that I just have to read? I’d love to hear your recommendations. And it would be a good excuse to spend more time at the beautiful library here in Perth.