The first is William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm 1940-1965 1200 pages. I've been reading this series for a while and finally made it to the last book. I'm about 40% of the way through it. It's so interesting, but heavy, heavy reading. I never studied much modern history so I'm learning a lot about WWII. I bought the hardcover copy of this to begin with, but with my broken wrist it was too heavy and I reordered it for my Kindle. I read a bit of it each day and I'm up to the tank battles in North Africa.
The second is The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin 512 pages. This book is the beginning book in a trilogy and won a Hugo last year as best science fiction/fantasy book of the year. I'm enthralled, she creates such interesting worlds. This is the second series I've read by her. My daughter is a friend of hers and first introduced me to her writing.
The third is The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch 528 pages. I've known about Iris Murdoch as a writer for years, but I've always been a bit intimidated and figured she might be a bit too highbrow for me. I knew this book won the Man Booker prize in 1978 and I've liked other books that had won this prize and decided to try it. I'm loving it! The writing is wonderful and such an interesting story, I'm never quite sure what's going to happen next or what is real or imaginary.
The fourth is The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler 384 pages. I'm a sucker for books about books. This begins with a book being sent to a man who works in a library, he's told it might belong to his family. It turns out to be the daily log of a small traveling circus from the late 1700's/1800's . The story is told in 2 parts, one historical and one up-to-date.
The man's house is slowly sliding into the sea, his mother and other female members seem to have all committed suicide by drowning and now he's worried about his sister. And this is all tied to the book. Really enjoying it.
The fifth is The Prisonor of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 304 pages. This is the last book in a trilogy: The Angel's Game and The Shadow of the Wind . I liked the first two much more. They all take place in Barcelona in the Franco era and they're a bit of a fantasy or maybe not. Well written, but long-winded.
So that's how I spend most of my time.