One of the larger downsides to nursing is pumping. Not one of my favorite things, and you really need something else to do while you’re doing that, because otherwise you spend thirty minutes meditating on what you’re actually doing, which is distressing. Believe me, if I could boil my forebrain to get the visual out of my head, I would.
Only 153 days to go until she’s cut off. But who’s counting? :-)
But I digress. I usually watch TV while I’m pumping if I’m home, or read if I’m not. (Or fall asleep sitting up and drooling. But that’s a personal problem.) The reading is the part that I need help with. I’ve been methodically re-reading my way through my library. Amongst other things I’ve re-read through the entire Darkover series (in publication order,) all of the David Brin I’ve cared to accumulate, and I’m currently working on Tom Holt (in no particular order.) I had decided to read through all of my Asimov, but I quickly discovered that at some point I loaned out Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation and they never came home (conjugate the verb "lend:" I lend, I lent, I have lost.) So until I can get to a bookstore to replace them, Asimov is on hold. I’m having a grand old time revisiting books that I haven’t read in years, but something new would be lovely. I’m here trolling for recommendations. What have you all read that you would recommend to someone else? Here are the requirements:
* Don’t worry about what kind of books I like. I’m looking for something new. Surprise me with something you loved. If I’ve already read it, we can talk about it. If I haven’t, I can read it and then we can talk about it.
* It doesn’t need to be "meaningful." I read trash joyously – as long as it’s entertaining, well-written trash.
* It needs to be accessible in thirty minute bites, because I’m doing all of my reading in thirty minute intervals. Ludlum probably wouldn’t work, for example. I need to concentrate on him.
* The spine should be no thicker than 1-3/4". That’s the thickest book I can fit into the back pocket of the pump bag. This is why I’m not getting anywhere on the Cryptonomicron. It’s too thick to fit in the pocket.
So. What shall I read?