What Are You Currently Reading?




Reading is both of one the greatest pleasures of life and one of the necessities for writers. It gives readers the chance to escape from the outside world and immerse themselves into a completely fictional place for a while, and it serves as a foundation upon which to learn and draw for writers.  To me, reading is one of the essential components of life. It is more than mere recreation; it is a central part of my being.

I do, however, read for pleasure as well as for learning and for my profession as a teacher.  I count reading as one of the essential joys of life.

I am currently reading several books: Paris In The Present Tense by Mark Helprin, the author of the magnificent A Soldier Of The Great War and Winter’s Tale. Like his other books, this one is dense and beautiful, but it requires time to digest sections that have been read before continuing. I hope more people read Helprin’s novels. I am also reading We Three: The Mythology of Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters by Laura Shamas, Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, and Death At La Fenice by Donna Leon, the first book in her Commissario Brunetti mystery series.

My question to those who are reading this post: What book are you reading now or have recently read?





Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

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An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.


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Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

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52 thoughts on “What Are You Currently Reading?

  1. Recently I have dedicated my reading time to some Indie books written by authors here at WP. Some I bought and some were sent to me. Right now I am reading “Pantheon” by Eric Syrdal. It’s a stunningly beautiful book, deep and captivating. I definitely recommend that. My favorite book is American Tragedy, the only book that ever made me feel guilty for feeling sorry for the bad guy.
    Thank you Charles, happy reading 🙂

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  2. I am listening to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and have just finished reading Swimming for profit and pleasure by Jim Webster and Something Wicker this way come by Colin Garrow as well as a selection of children’s books this week. I am starting Twin Desires by Pamela Wight and then your book is up, Charles, Maledicus. I am looking forward to it.

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  3. I’m just reaching the end of The Lost Man by Jane Harper…her atmospheric mystery/thrillers are set in the outback of Australia and I relunctantly left the dark fairy world that Holly Black has created in her most recent book, The Wicked King!

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  4. I have just completed reading two books, Sam: A Shaggy Dog Story, by Sally Cronin, and Catling’s Bane. by D. Wallace Peach. Sam’s story is a beautiful story of a Collie, who studied human behavior and was quite good at it. It is a delightful, funny, and fascinating story that will capture your heart, as seen through the eyes of the writer. Catling’s Bane, is a Science Fiction that will capture your imagination as it pulls you into the story and then, you are captured as it dazzles you with luminosity, creativity with the incredible world-building and characters that you will find fascinating.

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  5. I’ve been reading books by my fellow Adelaide Books authors and writing reviews to support them. Currently, I’m reading Queenie’s Place by Toni Morgan. It’s set in the Vietnam War era and tells the story of a Marine officer’s wife on a crusade to right the wrongs she sees, much to the dismay of her husband. On my must-read list is Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities by John Warner. The resurgence of the five-paragraph essay is my zombie apocalypse.

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  6. I usually have a few books going at the same time. Currently, I just finished Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (for about the 6th time), and am reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Way Home, and Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. Not sure what I’ll read next, but I do need to get caught up with the newest Magnus Chase book (by Rick Riordan), so probably that one at least will be one that gets started.

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