I’ve mentioned here and on Twitter that I’m not feeling so great. I’m having a flare-up/autoimmune response in the joints of my hands. It sucks. Even when I’m not doing anything strenuous with my hands they ache like hell. But it’s not only pain I’m dealing with, it’s also the fatigue that goes with autoimmune illness. I’m more than just exhausted. I feel run down no matter how much sleep I get and my concentrations and memory have left for the Bahamas. Some days are better than others, and some days I’d rather forget entirely. Creating art is at a standstill and writing is slow going, and if those two things aren’t bad enough I’m having issues with what to read.

I tried reading Fire Upon the Deep,Β but my brain almost atrophied. I started Harbor, but couldn’t keep my eyes open. I’m currently trying to read Dark Inside, but every chapter is from a different character’s viewpoint and there are a lot of characters.


I need a book that is fast paced, character driven that I can escape into but won’t strain my brain. Here is a list of all the books decorating my office shelf and floor (I have other books in other rooms but these are my more recent purchases). Anyone have any opinions on what I should read or avoid?

After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh (short story collection)

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneggar

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Directive 51 by John Barnes

Spectyr by Phillipa Ballantine

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Autumn: The City by David Moody

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Supernaturally by Kierstan White

After looking at my list I’m leaning toward Supernaturally. The first book, Paranormalcy, was so much fun to read–one of those books you zip through.

Any thoughts?