As the author of a book about books, I’ve come to kind of dread the question “what have you been reading lately?” Um…everything?

My tastes are catholic, weird, and often scattered, and my Kindle app, next-to-bed book pile and desk stack all seem to demonstrate split personalities. Recently, I’ve been on a fiction kick that is slightly unusual for someone who spends much of her time buried in biography. Here’s a grab bag of things I’ve read lately, in no particular order and with no attention paid to whether they were read simultaneously, in one big gulp or over a long period of time:

  • Ruth’s Journey (Donald McCain)
  • Dune and Dune Messiah (Frank Herbert)
  • The Tin Drum (Günter Grass)
  • Coleridge: Early Visions and Coleridge: Darker Reflections (Richard Holmes)
  • How to Build a Girl (Caitlin Moran)
  • Euphoria (Lily King)
  • Middlemarch (George Eliot)
  • Red Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontës (A.J. Ashworth, ed.)
  • Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! (Fanny Flagg)
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
  • Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  • The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate (Nancy Mitford)
  • The Plot Whisperer (Martha Alderson)
  • The Book of Lists (Wallace and Wallechinsky)
  • Slonimsky’s Book of Musical Anecdotes (Nicolas Slonimsky)

So…what are you reading these days?