(and lack of commute) is that I don't really have any time to myself to read anymore. I used to spend more than two hours a day on the bus, which meant indulging in quiet time each morning with a book or a podcast.
However, I have been sneaking in a tiny bit of reading... mainly on my Kindle iPhone app while I'm patiently waiting for Ryder to fall asleep at night.
As if I don't have anything else to read (good grief, I've got an entire bookshelf full of unread books!), one day I impulse-downloaded Amazon's free sample of The Game, by Terry Schott.
I was immediately hooked.
I spent the next six months reading the first four books in the series whenever I had a free moment.
Not unlike other well-known science fiction stories (i.e. The Matrix), in The Game, Earth is a computer simulation. Although this topic isn't necessarily unique, I think the author did an absolutely excellent job of providing an entertaining and thought-provoking story filled with well-developed characters and interesting twists. I was engrossed from the very first page... I had to know what happened next!
The only downfall was that the book contained quite a few grammatical errors, which I found distracting and sometimes tough to get past.
I dove into the rest of the series, and spent the spring and summer reading little tidbits of the subsequent installments on my phone or Kindle whenever I had time. Book 3 (Interlude - Brandon) was actually my favorite in the series, but Book 4 (Virtual Prophet) lost my interest a bit, and so I haven't actually started on Book 5 (Digital Evolution). And I think there may actually be a sixth book coming out sometime soon as well...
To sum up, these are fast-paced science fiction novels with a complex plot that easily and quickly sucks the reader in. I don't suggest reading them right before bed. If so, you may be up all night questioning the mysteries of the universe and your place in it...