Two books at the same time. For me, it's the only way to read any book at all. Maybe it doesn't seem very logical, but there is a simple reason. If I do not read two books, I would read only one... at the same pace. Then, if I can manage two stories, at least I will finish them in a while at the same time too.
Why do I need to read? Well, it is a simple necesity for me. I cannot allow myself to be without any reading material at hand. Articles or pieces of news do not count. I need stories.
At the present time, I am reading two best sellers. One of them is relatively new: The Broker, by John Grisham. The other one is almost 20 years old: The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet. The first one is a classic thriller in a political environment, where a lawyer (of course!) is pursued by an uncertain number of terrible enemies, who are determined to kill him at any cost, because the poor man knows too much. The protagonist is a man in his fifties, who was very powerful but no more. The reading is entairtaining, but I found it dull in some ways. I have not been able to connect with him or with any other of the characters I already met. Maybe Grisham writes in a cold way that I don't fully appreciate. Or maybe I just need to give the book more time.
The Pillars of the Earth has a similar problem. Most characters are cold for me. I do not like Tom Builder much, nor Ellen. She is too mysterious, too special, but at the same time, to rude. Aliena is too grumpy and William Hamleigh too bad, bad guy. The only character who pleases me is the prior, Philip. I do not know why, but he is the most real for me til now. Maybe the other ones will be more interesting as I continue reading, so I will give them more time too.
Anyway, I will finish reading both books. Then, I will know if they will be convincent enough to be read a second time in the future.