I read a book last month, Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Patillo (see below). It was a fun, light, chicklit type of thing. I'm now reading The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by the same author. Both books are modern day with the JA themes. This one, clearly, uses Sense and Sensibility as influence and is about two very opposite sisters. It must be shorter than the other one, i haven't checked the pages but i'm whipping through it like nobody's business but enjoying it just the same. There is a minor character from the first book in it, and some of the same locations get reused and I suspect that it's going to a similar ending. The first one had to do with authenticated "lost" Jane letters to her sister and this one has a "lost" diary belonging to Jane's sister Cassandra, which also mentions the same (made up) never-heard-of-before lost love in Jane's life. If you read the other one first, it provides more continuity. Anyway i'm enjoying it and i'll probably have it finished by tomorrow night or even tonight depending on how much time i sneak in reading it!
(eta: Finished it on the bus. Consider this entry number 70 in 2012 books! Ended pretty much as expected, with some further parallels to S&S.)
I always have a few books on the go, moreso now that i have an ereader and i can dip into them depending on what i feel in the mood for. When i turn on the ereader, there's a front screen of the 5 most recent books i've opened (or loaded onto the machine which is annoying if i've got 5 that i am picking at and put a new book on, it takes over one of the visible "spots" and i have to find the one it replaced to open it so it will be back on the main screen again). Yes, i'm a bit anal about organizing things like that. So yes, i can easily have 4 or 5 books on the go at the same time but if one in particular is really drawing me in, i'll likely stick with that until i'm finished. If one is a non-fiction, like a biography or a history or something, it's easier to put that aside and come back to it as there isn't a plot to follow.
I've always had 2 or 3 books on the go at a time so adding one or two more to the mix isn't that difficult. I read on the bus, i read at lunchtime, i read in bed at night and sometimes through the day on weekends or days off if i'm not out and about.
The current roster includes that Dashwood one, 1000 Days in Venice (autobiography), Red Hook Road, and A Room With A View. I think i'll soon be ready for another mystery/thriller after this lot.
65 Divergent - Veronica Roth
First of a trilogy about a dystopian society in a future Chicago. Most people are divided into five "factions" based on their personality traits with those that don't succeed in being initiated as "factionless" people who barely survive and are employed at the service level. The factions share various aspects contributing to running the society as a whole. At 16, teens are assessed and choose their faction for the rest of their lives. Many stay with the ones they were brought up in but some change. Tris Prior changes from steady, selfless Abegnation to daring Dauntless. The initiation is brutal. The Dauntless serve as the "guardians" and must be fearless and tough. What happens during the intiation, does Tris stick with it, does she get accepted? There are hidden agendas, tests of courage and endurance, mind control. It's similar in feel to the Hunger Games but different as well and probably a bit better I think. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/354020267
66 Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Second of a trilogy about a dystopian society, where a teenage girl ends up being part of a rebellious faction. It's not bad, if you liked Hunger Games you will probably like this series and it's probably a bit better, in fact. The next book won't be out until next year sometime. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/384107319
67 Jane Austen Ruined My Life - Beth Patillo
This was good fun, light and easy chicklit. It's about a university profession who is reeling from a sudden and painful divorce and from losing her career because of her ex. She is a Jane Austen scholar and is persuing the possibility of discovering some "lost" correspondence from Jane. She must follow a set of tasks to prove her worthiness by the woman who may or may not own the letters, across various parts of England where Jane lived or visited. There's also a former boyfriend in the picture "helping" her. If you're familiar with Jane Austen books, this will be even more interesting but it's a fun summer read anyway. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/370751452
68 The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon
A re-read. book 5 of the series. I found this one a bit of a struggle. It gets bogged down in far too much detail and could have used a tighter editing I think. But I love the characters and her writing. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/246484624
69 In One Person - John Irving
Really liked this book. Coming of age about a teenage boy who realizes early on that he's bisexual. Filled with quirky characters and some sad parts as well and is very well written.http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/380118982