Today, flagrantly ripped off from the inspirational Claire over at One Night Stanzas, I’ll be talking about what I’ve been reading recently.
I’m currently studying for a Masters in Scottish History, which as you can imagine involves a fair amount of reading. I spent most of today in the University Library reading Church Records from the 16th century (see fig. 1, above).
In a counterpoint to this rather heavy reading, I’ve been trying to balance this with slightly more humorous reading. Around this time last year I started trying to re-read Discworld. This fell by the wayside somewhat once the new academic year started, and I’ve only just started back up again. After trawling through Eric, Pyramids, and Moving Pictures, I just started Lords and Ladies, which is one of my favourite of the earlier books.
Similarly, the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed something a little out of place in the picture. I’m something of a Doctor Who Geek, and Douglas Adams has been one of my favourite authors for ages, so the newly published novel based on his “lost” story from the 1970s Shada was just screaming out for me to read.
I’ve never quite been able to get the knack of writing humour in the way that Adams and Pratchett do; every time I try it either ends up feeling forced or too cynical. Not that it stops me trying though.
What’ve you been reading lately?