But while I can't keep up the running I once did in my younger and more vulnerable days, my reading keeping up is more, uh, good? After being recommended by a few colleagues before, I finally got around to Steinbeck's East of Eden. I put it in my top three (I'll pass on a full Top 10 LIST right now... blasphemy, I know) JS books I've ever read (Grapes of Wrath still #1, and Travels With Charley at #2). Probably the best characterization he's done, and among his best dialogue. It's long (just over 600 pgs.) but one of those books that reads quickly (it only took me 12 days, including schoolwork grading and a weekend trip as interruptions). I am closer to 900 total books in life read (I think this makes 889), but I don't see there being much reading time upcoming.