Do you like to finish one book before starting the next or do you read several at once?
I only have one 'night read' at a time, but occasionally I may also have an 'afternoon read' on the go. I generally do this if a) I have a picture-heavy eBook that is easier to view on the PC; b) if I have a non-fiction work in print that I can skim through, reading a chapter here and there; c) if I have a hefty print book too cumbersome to read in bed; or d) if I'm under pressure to finish review copies and need to read one at night and one during the day to keep up.
EDIT: I also forgot to mention that I often have foreign-language books on the go at the same time, too, for practice. Right now I am slowly working through Tolkien's The Return of the King in Danish, and I have a Czech contemporary literary novel to start soon. I tend not to think of them in the same vein as standard reading, because it's often more about language practice than the story, if you see what I mean.
On the evening of Tuesday, 29th May 1951 I was returning to London after taking a week's leave in France from my post as assistant in the American Department of the Foreign Office.
From page 56:
Within a week of Maclean's arrival in London in September 1948, Folke Bernadotte was assassinated in Jerusalem by the Stern terrorists; it was clear that Maclean's assignment as Counsellor in Cairo would be no sinecure.
A Divided Life
In this perceptive biography of Donald Maclean, Robert Cecil draws on his close acquaintance with the man, first at Cambridge and then as his colleague in the Diplomatic Service, to give an insider’s view of Maclean and his circle of ideological spies: Burgess, Philby and Blunt.
He details Maclean’s recruitment as an agent by the Comintern in 1934, his early years in Paris, marriage, breakdown in Cairo and ultimate flight, with Burgess, to the Soviet Union. The heart of the book is Maclean’s years in Washington from 1944-48, a time when crucial decisions about the post-war world were being made.
Maclean was assigned top secret work connected with the development of the atomic bomb – the ‘Manhattan Project’. He was undoubtedly Stalin’s best source in Washington, and Russian knowledge of US nuclear capabilities fuelled the atomic-weaponry race. His treachery did immense damage to Anglo-American relations. The other casualty, which Cecil is well-placed to describe, was to the gentlemanly culture of the Foreign Office and the sense of trust within the Service.