I have a weird combination of reading materials right now: Hesiod's Theogony and other works; Eusebius's Ecclesiatical History (and other works); Ha Jin's Waiting (no other works there); Herodotous's The Histories (also with other works); and a translations of an interesting book about French Cathar culture of the 13th century entitled Montaillou: The promised Land of Error. It is a norm for me to have several books going at once; I kind of see it like a big buffet. If you get tired of ham, there is always roast beef. Just can't take one mmore bite of potato salad? Dig into the apple pie!
I find, however, that this particular combination of reading food on my plate has far too much the taste of religion, and the Ha Jin novel is, basically, bitter greens and flat-out depressing, so I need a dish that will lighten/brighten/frighten up a my reading palate a bit. Suggestions?