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Saturday open thread: What book(s) are you reading right now?

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Reading is fundamental! And a distraction from the Tigers right now.

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Maybe you are like me, and have looked for other ways to pass the time this summer than watching the Detroit Tigers struggle to score runs in yet another loss. Maybe you don’t write for a website about the Tigers, and have the free time to read anyway. Maybe you’re one of those weird people who can do both at the same time.

Either way, the summer is a great time to pick up a new read, whether it’s related to Tigers baseball or not.

We’ll keep this short and jump right to our Question of the Day:

What are you reading right now?

My answer: Naturally, my reading list comes about because I’m a bit dumb. I saw a book on Amazon with George R.R. Martin’s name listed above the cover, and for some reason thought that he had penned another lesser-known series, this one with similar political maneuverings as Game of Thrones, but without the magic and dragons.

Turns out I was wrong, but Maurice Druon’s Accursed Kings series is pretty good anyway. (Somehow I got the first three books as a package deal for $1.99, which is even better.)

I’ve also started to go back through the Harry Potter series, as it’s free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Baseball-wise, I am also meaning to read Russell Carleton’s The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking and MVP Machine, the hugely successful joint effort from Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik. I finally finished Jonah Keri’s Up, Up, and Away earlier this year, and it has me pining for baseball’s inevitable return to Montreal now that we can capture all of it via MLB.TV.

What about you?