I have three books going right now, which is typical these days. Often I juggle between a morning book, a commute book, and an evening book. I got excited about the most recent addition to my current reading that I put my evening book on hold for a few days to make some progress on it.
From least to most recently added:
La Casa de los Espíritus by Isabel Allende. My Spanish is best described as a building with many open corridors that turn back upon themselves or suddenly end in locked doors; with rooms in varying intensity of shadow and whose features are accordingly visible; and with countless dusty corners containing fragments of hints of understanding. I'd like to say I have some idea what balance of the text I am getting versus missing, but I can't really be sure about that. Still, I am getting the major plot points, even though Allende switches point of view frequently. At 75 pages in, I still have only a vague idea what the book is about. This might not be a problem, though, since I've read some books (even recent ones) where I couldn't say even after finishing them what they were about.
The Pearl by John Steinbeck. I don't recall having read any Steinbeck in the past. Before picking it up at the library while my kids were searching for books to check out, I didn't know anything about the book. It's short, and I should be able to finish it quickly, but I haven't yet...
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, translated by Edith Grossman. I would blame this on Jordan, but the most I can ascribe to him is the timing. I've been meaning to read this for a while now, and the suggestion arose at an opportune time.
In order of least to most recently completed:
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. This might be among the strangest books I've read (though see below for another contender). Perhaps I lacked any grounding in steampunk, though. I stand by the one-line summary I cooked up for it on Facebook: "Victory can be achieved, if you're willing to make commensurate sacrifices, usually of other people." I might add an asterisk to the term victory, however, pointing to its qualifier: "The victory you settle for may not be the victory you envisioned. Or even close." If you're a fan of very detailed world-building, and you like the feel of crafted worlds that feel authentic, you might like the setting. The plot, for what it's worth, kept me guessing for a while. I gave the book four stars.
A Wolf at the Gate by Mark Van Steenwyk. This is a good retelling of the story of the Wolf of Gubbio, from Fioretti di San Francesco, wherein St. Francis tames a wolf. The book is mostly from the wolf's perspective. The messages of love, redemption and forgiveness shine through. My five star rating was based only partially on the fact that I follow Mark on Facebook, that I found him through Jordan, and that I happen to find myself agreeing with him a good deal of the time.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I'll admit, this was a hard read. The prose was fine, except for the occasional bog-downs in the brand parades. It was nauseating in many ways, and quite bleak. I still don't know if I gained anything by reading it. I gave it three stars.
Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue. I had taken interest in this from a New York Times article about it, then forgotten about it until recently. It's maybe not a novel? The structure is certainly unconventional, largely in its occasional breaks through the fourth wall and the bits and pieces of biographical and personal commentary. I really liked it, and almost gave it five stars on the strength of its novelty and Enrigue's treatment of a vast array of seemingly unrelated subjects (and they are, I assure you, related), from the origins of tennis to the clash of civilizations in early post-Columbian Mexico. I settled on four stars. This might benefit from a re-read. It's quick and fairly short.
June is supposed to be set aside for My Struggle vol. 1 by Karl Ove Knausgård. I'm guessing the only space I'll find for it will depend on wherever Don Quixote ends up (but Don Quixote makes for find bedtime reading).
I also have ready at the library The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien, which I added based on the attached review.