Books · Currently Reading

‘Currently Reading’ Update #5

I finished The Forge of God by Greg Bear yesterday. It was an ok book with its ups and downs and I did not mind it, but I did not love it.

I have two books left for my Booktube-A-Thon Stretched challenge, but one is the outside book and the other the read-in-one-day book, so at the moment that is not really going to happen. Maybe next week when my daughter has gone back to school.

Taylor, Laini - Daughter of Smoke and BoneSoooo….. I had time to pick a random book to read and I really fancied some readable fantasy, so I picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I am about 70 pages in and I am really enjoying it. It took me a couple of chapters to get into Taylor’s writing, but I do not mind it now.  It’s amazing how easily I can put myself in the mind of  teenager, ha ha!

So far I am enjoying the story and I don’t expect it will take me too long to read the book. I should be done by the end of the weekend as we actually have a quiet weekend ahead (one hopes).

I hope the weather will pick up next week when my daughter goes back to school, so I can actually read the book that I am supposed to read outside… outside!

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: The Forge of God (Greg Bear)

Bear, Greg - The Forge of God

★★★☆☆☆☆

Title: The Forge of God
Author: Greg Bear
Genre: Science Fiction
First published: 1987
Edition: Legend Paperback, published by Arrow Books Limited in 1989

Now, I am not a big science fiction reader, but when I was tidying our bookshelves I found three books by Greg Bear, all belonging to my other half. I know he really likes them, so figured I would give one a try.

I probably should have picked Eon, but I went with this one. I really struggled with the first half. It felt really bitty and choppy. I just found it hard to get into. Combine that with a complete disinterest in aliens and spaceships and really, why did I ever start this book?

It feels quite dated, technology wise, but it was written in the 1980s, so I cannot really blame it for that. I mean, same goes for Back To The Future and I bloody love those movies! I just thought I would make that note. 🙂

About half way, stuff started happening that was a bit more interesting and I suddenly found myself actually wanting to know what would happen. That was a nice surprise! Low and behold, the feeling did not last and it started dragging again. At the end it picked up again as ends must and when I finally closed the book I was reasonably satisfied.

CONCLUSION:

This is a decent book in a genre that does not quite agree with me. The plot is interesting enough and there were a couple of characters in this book I did feel invested in, especially Arthur Golden and his family, but overall this book dragged on too much, especially in the first half.

3 out of 7 stars

Books · Tags

Tag Time – The Sick Book Tag

I saw this one and it looked like fun!

1. Diabetes – a book that really was too sweet.

I don’t tend to read very sweet books, so I am not sure. I read Twilight and the romance between Edward and Bella makes me cringe quite a bit. Does that count?

2. Chicken Pox – a book you have read once and will never read again. 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Meh…

3. Influenza – a contagious book that spreads like a virus. 

The Harry Potter series certainly felt like it ripped through readers everywhere! I am yet to read the last book. Oooops!

4. The cycle – a book you re-read regularly. 

The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell – pure nostalgia!

5. Insomnia – a book that kept you up all night. 

Books used to do this a lot when I was in my teens. Now not so much –  I need my sleep! The last book I read compulsively was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

6. Amnesia – a book that is forgotten and failed to leave a powerful impression in your memory. 

Controversial, I know, but The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss just did not stick.

7. Asthma – a book that took your breath away.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. That book did something magical to me. I am planning to re-read soon, but that makes me nervous as well. After all, what if I don’t feel the same?

8. Malnutrition – a book that lacked food for thought. 

New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan. Just like most chick lit, there was no real substance there.

9. Travel sickness – a book that took you on a journey. 

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan – mainly mentally – it’s 14 books, it’s exhausting! It certainly felt like a journey!

I tag everyone who feels like doing this fun tag!

Books · Randomness

Reading Plans for the Rest of 2017

I was re-arranging my book shelves the other day after an onslaught of new books and I kept picking up books thinking I would read it at such-and-such time. It actually made me feel really excited about my reading plans for the coming months, so I thought i would share my intentions!

Since I set myself the challenge of reading seven books this month (I have read 4 1/3 so far – yay!), I want to take it a little easier and sit back and really enjoy my devouring of books.

When I picked up A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson a few weeks ago I knew I wanted to keep it for Christmas as it appears to be set at Christmas. I also keep looking at Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which I have decided is a book for long late autumn/winter evenings.

Next month I would like to re-read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I am looking forward to the re-read, but I am also a little scared as I remember loving it so much the first time. I am also planning to participate in a Fantasy Buddy Read on Goodreads of The Great Hunt, the second instalment of the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, which starts on 17 September. That is also a re-read, so I want to read a new book as well. Maybe something not too taxing, I am not too sure what. Whatever I feel like I guess.

In October I want to do the Fantasy Buddy Read for The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu, which starts on 2 October.  I would also like to read The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

In November I want to do the Fantasy Buddy Read for The Dragon Reborn (Robert Jordan) which starts on 1 November. I also would like to make a start on Wolf Hall, which I have a feeling will take me a while to read.

I quite fancy joining the Fantasy Buddy Read for A Game of Thrones as well, which starts on 1 December.

I am sure I will be reading other books in-between (or during) as well and my plans are certainly not set in stone, but this is a rough idea of what I will be reading over the next few months:

August:

  • Forge of God (Greg Bear) (1/3 in at the moment)
  • The Lantern Fox (Garry Kilworth)
  • Can You Keep A Secret? (Sophie Kinsella)

The Forge of God (Forge of God, #1)    The Lantern Fox (Mammoth Read)    Can You Keep a Secret?

September:

  • The Wheel of Time #2: The Great Hunt (Robert Jordan) re-read/buddy read starting 17 Sept
  • Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1: The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) re-read

The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)    The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)

October:

  • The Dandelion Dynasty #1: The Grace of Kings (Ken Liu) buddy read starting 2 Oct
  • Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2: The Angel’s Game (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)    The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)

November: 

  • The Wheel of Time #3: The Dragon Reborn (Robert Jordan) re-read/buddy read starting 1 Nov
  • Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)

The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)    Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)

December:

  • A Song of Ice and Fire #1: A Game of Thrones (George R R Martin)
  • A Winter Flame (Milly Johnson)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)    A Winter Flame

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Waterloo Story (Peter Prince)

Prince, Peter - Waterloo Story

★★★☆☆☆☆

Title: Waterloo Story
Author: Peter Prince
Genre: Fiction
First published: 1998
Edition: Paperback, published by Bloomsbury in 1998

This is a rather peculiar book written from the perspective of a young man who is recovering from mental health problems. This is his story about a company and the people who work there in the department with him.

It is not the kind of story I normally read and I cannot remember why I bought this book back in the late nineties. Maybe because I liked the cover? Or the title? Maybe both…

Fact is, nothing much happens in this book and yet, I did not mind reading it. It’s very strange. I liked the narrative voice of a middle aged man reminiscing after a chance encounter, and the descriptions of the characters that peopled his younger days at Hughes & Hughes.

Waterloo Story is not a bad book. I did not dislike it and it is an easy enough read, but I do wonder at its purpose. I just don’t quite get the reasons for its existence.

3 out of 7 stars

Books · Book Haul

Charity Shop Haul #2

I really did not need more books, after coming back from England with over twenty books, but I could not help myself popping into my local charity shop. I came out with seven books, so I did not go too crazy. I spent a grand total of €4.50, which is hardly a fortune.

170812 Dorcas - Mixed

In the English language section I found a beautiful compilation of Jane Austen‘s novels, so the other compilation I picked up there last time has been relegated to the Guest House library, as it’s nowhere near as nice! It looks brand new and was only €1!

I also picked up what appears to be a 1917 edition of H G Wells’ The Soul of a Bishop. An absolute steal again at €1!

I picked up a few throwaway books, by which I mean just easy reads, probably destined for the Guest House library.

I got Golden Lion by Wilbur Smith. I read a couple of Wilbur Smith books in my teens. I think those were set in Egypt. I remember enjoying them, so I figured I would pick this one up.

I randomly picked up Patricia Cornwell’s All That Remains. I have never read any of her books before. I presume it’s your regular crime mystery type of thingy.

I also picked up Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell, which looks to be simple chick lit, which I don’t read much of, but I kind of like from time to time. It does have a pretty sort of cover.

I also picked up a couple of Dutch language books as well.

Paleis van Sterren (Beneath A Marble Sky) by John Shors sounded like an interesting read with a story based around the Taj Mahal in India.

The second Dutch book I picked up is De Zaak Toetanchamon by Herman van Campenhout. It’s a Dutch book, it’s title translates as The Case Tutanchamon and is historical fiction as far as I can tell. It’s a tiny book!

My TBR list is growing ever larger, but I will get round to reading all these books. I promise!

 

 

Books · Currently Reading

‘ Currently Reading’ Update #4

So I finished Talking to the Dead by Helen Dunmore last night. It was my book for challenge 6 (read a book you bought because of the cover) of my Booktube-A-Thon Stretched reading challenge that I set myself. I liked it, but did not love it.

It’s about a third into the month and I have finished three books. That is not bad going for me!

Prince, Peter - Waterloo StoryI picked up Waterloo Story by Peter Prince as my ‘downstairs’ book a couple of days ago. This is my book for challenge 1 (Read a book with a person on the cover) and also part of my own personal ‘read all the books I’ve had for donkey’s years’ challenge. As was Talking to the Dead by the way. Waterloo Story is a bit meh, the subject matter a bit boring, but it reads away quite easily, having short chapters. The protagonist has a pleasant enough voice and I cannot help but kind of like him. The book has only 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but so far I think it deserves slightly more and I am about halfway.

The Forge of God (Forge of God, #1)I also picked up The Forge of God by Greg Bear today. Now, I am not much of a Sci-Fi reader… or watcher. I do love Star Wars I must admit, but Sci-Fi books? Generally not my thing. But… In the vein of having to try everything at least once, I thought I would. Plus it has been sitting on our shelves for ages. It’s my husband’s and when he reads (which is not that often) he tends to read Sci-Fi… or non-fiction science-y type stuff. He’s much cleverer than me! I am about 30 pages in and the aliens are already present. Not sure how I am going to cope! Why is it that I am ok with elves and monsters and unicorns, but get the shivers at the mere mention of aliens? Alas, I will persevere! I might get into it. I hope I will – it’s 500 pages or thereabouts…