It’s only the 18th of January and I have finished 10 books…. What the crazy is happening this month? I bet February will be an almighty reading slump as a consequence 😂. Nevermind that, I’m simply in a reading mood I guess. The weather being grey and miserable (though not raining!) has been helping in that regard I guess. What else is there to do?
The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?
What am I currently reading?
I needed a lighter read and I picked up Radiance by Grace Draven. It had been on my radar for a good while after having heard good things about it. It was 99p Kindle Deal last week, so I picked it up. I am about two thirds of the way in. It started strong and I thought I would love it, but it has petered out a bit. Hopefully it will pick back up again for a strong ending. I think it’s a trilogy, but at the moment I would not be continuing in the series. But… you never know!
I am over halfway in Dave Grohl’s autobiography The Storyteller. I am enjoying listening to that one so much! It was a great choice of audio book for sure.
What did I recently finish reading?
Are you ready? Do you have a cup of tea or coffee and a bowl of biscuits? This may take a while, as I have finished 6 (SIX!!!) book this past week. Granted, most of them were fairly short, but still! It’s an unparalelled achievement for me. My hit-rate is still a bit iffy though…
The first book I finished was Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, which was a great read. I flew through it! It had been a while since I read a book that was this fast paced and ‘techy’. It was on my 2022 TBR and yes, a 6* read for me.
The next one I read was Autumn Rounds by Canadian author Jacques Poulin. Originally published in the 1990s, this was translated from French. It’s a rather quiet story about two older people meeting and falling in love. It was maybe a little too quaint for me, but still a good read. 5*
The first poetry collection I read this year was Sex & Love & Rock&Roll by Tony Walsh. This was a tad too repetitive for and too many of the poems did not quite work for me. There were some really good ones, but too much of a mixed bag. 4*
The first non-fiction book I read was Palestine As Metaphor, which is a collection of interviews with incredible poet Mahmoud Darwish. It was very insightful, especially the interview between Darwish and an Israeli poet. It very much humanizes the conflict to see it through both their perspectives and their discussion. I am so glad I read this before diving back into more of his poetry and prose. It was so interesting. 7*
Another book I really enjoyed was When The Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi. This one tells the story of an Afghan woman and her three children as they flee Kabul after the Taliban kill her husband. It was very well told without being that gritty. 6*
Finally I finished a short story collection; The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Argentian author Mariana Enriquez. To be honest, I was disappointed with that one. Sometimes it seemed to use scenes and words for shock value without actually doing anything shocking. There were a couple of stories I really liked, but most were just *shrug* for me. 4*
What will I be reading next?
I had a quick think about what I would like to be reading the rest of the month.
First of all, I want to read a couple of books that have just come into my house. The first new book that fell through my letterbox in 2022 was the Vintage red spine edition of Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda. I would like to read that one for sure and I will likely start reading that one today.
And I also would like to read my first Russian book. Since The Overcoat and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol arrived today, I think I will start with that one. It’s a short one as well, a collection of four short stories, so I can ease myself into Russian literature gently. Also, apparently he inspired Dostoevsky, another Russian author I will be checking out in the near future, so it makes sense to read Gogol first. I have always been very scared of Russian literature, so fingers crossed!
Novel-wise, I might be in the mood for fantasy, but I have also been eyeing Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore, but I will decide when I finish my current novel.
Let me know what you are reading!