Sometimes it seems I spend so much of my reading time "working"--reading books in order to review them--that I'm not reading much for "fun" (which isn't to say that writing reviews isn't fun!). Luckily, I've had the pleasure of reading two excellent "non-assigned" novels within the past couple of weeks: Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children (I wanted to read it before going to hear Messud read last night at the Harvard Book Store--a terrific event), and Ken Kalfus's A Disorder Peculiar To This Country.
Right now I'm in the middle of two other books: Mavis Gallant's Paris Stories, which I should have read a long time ago (I'm quite serious about that--in my family we often inscribe the books we give one another and judging from what's written inside this one it seems that my sister and brother-in-law gave it to me way back in December 2002), and Adam Harmon's Lonely Soldier, a memoir of an American-born man's experience serving in the Israeli army. (The title alludes to the Hebrew term, chayal boded ["lone soldier"], referring to someone without family in Israel. I just learned that reading two nights ago.)
What are other practicing writers reading these days?