I’ve been reading a bit lately. I managed to finagle a couple of good advance readers and I just got a stack of used non-fiction that I’m looking forward to reading. I actually had too many books on my desk today to fit in my bag, so I had to leave a couple at work.

I just finished Angelmaker, the next novel from Nick Harkaway. I read his first book, Gone-Away World, a couple years ago and it was great. There was a brutal twist about half way through that made me put the book down for a while, but eventually I got over it and read the rest of it. This new book is a bit more of a crime/spy novel. It won’t be out until next March, so I’ll probably wait until then to post a review.

Right now, I’m reading Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. Set in the same future as Shipbreaker,it seems to precede that book with the history of one of the secondary characters. I’m about half-way through, so I suspect that the connection might get clearer by the end. Again, this one doesn’t come out until next May, so it will be a while before I post any review.

Also on my stack today is Terrarium Craft. My boy has been very interested in plants lately, so I’ve been thinking that it might be cool to put together some tiny terrariums. The book is fairly new and written by some locals, so I suspect that it will make a good complement to my seventies vintage Sunset book on terrariums. The next trick will be finding a decent nursery within biking range, but I think that I might have that under control.

The last couple of books are the Pacific Crest Trailside Readers from Mountaineers Press. The come in two volumes: one for California and another for Washington and Oregon. Each book is composed of short pieces, and in some cases, excerpts from longer works, about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m really looking forward to digging into these, though I suspect that my restless feet will get even worse.

All in all, a great stack of books that I’m working through right now. Add to this a couple more books that I left on my desk, a book about Lego and another about search analytics. Great fodder for future book reviews. Keep checking back, I’ll have some things to report soon.