I'm reading Empire of Gold. It's the third book in a trilogy set in the fantasy world of Daevabad. There is much adventure, political maneuvering and magic in these books. As in a lot of adult fantasy the plot is complex and the characters are many but the author does a good job of keeping it all together. I recommend this book to those who like exotic locales, well drawn characters, and twisting plot lines along with their magic.
I'm going to self-define this as "reading for pleasure," since I have to do a lot of reading for work that is considerably less fun but necessary.
The next thing on my list is a copy of John Cleese's most recent autobiography, "So Anyway," and then a re-read of "Fata Morgana," a gripping WWII flight story married to a sci-fi/fantasy story that was written by a friend of mine.
I have a huge book collection of books to read and I'm slowly working my way through them. But an interview I heard on Public Radio prompted me to order a book from the library and it was a sad but informative read. The title is "A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz". Dita Kraus grew up in Prague and when the German's took power she and her family were sent to a ghetto and then to Auschwitz. During her time she was put in charge of the small library (14 books) that had been smuggled into the camp by the prisoners who sorted the belongings of the arrivals. This was very dangerous because the penalty was immediate death. She and her mother survived Auschwitz and various labour camps. The book follows her life from young girl to her eventual life in Israel. She is still alive and well into her 90s. I learned a lot from the pages of the book. I did not realize that many prisoners of the camps died from the comparatively rich diet the British and American soldiers fed them after liberation. After years of starvation rations mostly a thin broth once a day) they were unable to digest the food and died. Imagine having survived years of the camps only to die from healthy food! At one point Dita encountered Dr. Mengele, the Angel of Death as he was known, and selected by him to work in one of the labour camps. I highly recommend this book which is available from the library. David