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‘Currently Reading’ Update #14

Just finished reading Thornhill by Pam Smy today. I really enjoyed the combination of the two stories told in different formats, one in diary entries, one entirely by illustrations.

That means I am only reading two books at the moment, one on my Kindle app and a physical book.

Cornwell, Bernard - Fools and MortalsOn my Kindle app I am reading Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell. I got a copy via NetGalley for review. I am not quite sure what to think of this novel. It’s well written and I like Richard, the main character, who is William Shakespeare’s brother. For some reason though I am not loving the plot. I should, because I love the period in which it is set. Maybe it is the subject matter. Not sure, but the story is not quite gripping me so far.

The physical book I am reading is the Dutch translation of The Pegasus Secret by Gregg Loomis. This is a book I picked up very cheaply in my local charity shop and was always Loomis, Gregg - The Pegasus Secretdestined for my guest library, but I figured I might as well read it first. From the blurp it sounds like it’s a rehash of any Dan Brown-book, but I don’t mind that. The only Dan Brown book I have read is the Da Vinci Code and I enjoyed that one enough. Problem is, I hardly ever read translations of books originally written in English and I am now reminded why! I am very familiar with the English language, especially British English, and sometimes it is too clear what the original English sentence was, but the Dutch translation just seems… strange. I have had that a few times with this book already and it is distracting me from the plot. Either the translator was lazy, or my mind works in strange ways these days. Anyway, I am just over 70 pages in and I am not quite able to let go of that yet. I hope I will…

The only physical book left on my October TBR is Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I might get it done! As far as e-books are concerned, I have Dracula (Bram Stoker) left on my TBR and I have also have a Joni Mitchell biography I would like to get to! We will see. 🙂

 

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‘Currently Reading’ Update #13

Liu, Ken - The Dandelion Dynasty 1 The Grace of KingsI am still reading The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. I am just past the halfway stage. I am not sure what to think of this book. I like it, it’s well written, but I cannot love it. It is as if it takes itself too serious for my taste. It’s hard to explain. It’s well written, but I just cannot connect to it so far. I do want to finish it though and I should do so over the next week or so…

On my Kindle app I am reading The Choice, by Edith Eger. I am about third of the way in Eger, Edith - The Choiceand I have already cried my eyes out. I tend to avoid books about WWII, especially books about concentration camps. They are too gut-wrenching. They make my heart ache for mankind and the cruelty we inflict upon each other. Yet I requested to read this biography via NetGalley, because despite all of that, it promised to be a story of positivity despite the hardship. This remarkable woman, who had experienced human nature at its worst, ended up being a psychologist, helping others with their mental demons, including abuse survivors and soldiers with PTSD. I just felt like I really wanted to read about her and I have a feeling I will not regret it.

I finished A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Dawn French) yesterday, so I needed a new bedtime Rowling, J K - #1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stonebook. I did not feel like any of the books on my October TBR, and finally picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I have been meaning to re-read the Harry Potter series for a while and I finally got a load of secondhand copies in the last month or two. It has been about fifteen years since I last read The Philosopher’s Stone. I have listened to part of the audio book in the car whilst on holiday over the summer, but there were too many distractions to concentrate on it. Despite the fact I love Stephen Fry, I find it hard to absorb the story by listening to it. Anyway, I am fifty pages in and I have a feeling I will breeze through it. I could have read more, but it was already later and it was time for sleep as I am still under the weather (Boo hiss!!!!).

So that’s what I’m reading at the moment. What are you reading?

 

 

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‘Currently Reading’ Update #12

So I am reading three books at the moment. Yes, still one too many, but I wil get to the reason for that in a moment!

Liu, Ken - The Dandelion Dynasty 1 The Grace of KingsI started The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu a couple of days ago. I am about 90 pages in. It’s quite slow going. I am enjoying it, but it is sort of still in the setting up the world for future events stage and it feels a bit dense and serious. I do not mean that negatively, as the writing is really quite good, but some books take more ‘reading’ than others. I have a feeling I will like this book, but is taken more than the average amount of energy to read it.

I finished Chasing Eveline (Leslie Hauser) a couple of days ago, which was a really fun YA novel, so it was time to start a new e-book. I felt like some non-fiction, so checked my Curzon, Catherine - Queens of Georgian BritainNetGalley TBR and I decided to go with Queens of Georgian Britain (Catherine Curzon). After reading Martin Luther I quite fancied a bit more history. These are the stories of  the queen consorts of four kings (all called George) in the 18th century. I have read the chapters on the wives of George I (Sophia Dorothea, who was actually never queen) and George II (Caroline of Ansbach) and I am about to start the one on Charlotte, wife of George III. So far I am enjoying it, and again I am feeling like I am learning something new! Unfortunately the ARC e-copy does not have any pictures, but I presume the actual book will, because I miss them! It will be published on 30 October. I should finish it in another day or two, so keep an eye out for a review. 🙂

Now, I meant to stick to just those two books, but much as I like them both, I would not call them great bedtime reading. Too much information! So I picked up Dawn French’s A French, Dawn - A Tiny Bit MarvellousTiny Bit Marvellous, which is as expected a much lighter read. I have seen the reviews on Goodreads for the book and, well, they are not that good. Maybe it’s because of the language – it is a very British book! But, nevermind, I have it and I will read it. I like to make up my own mind anyway. Tastes differ. I am only about 25 pages or so in, but I don’t have an issue with it so far. It looks like it is just what I need! For the moment it is living on my bedside table and as I am quite tired by the time I get to bed, I may only read about 20 pages a night. We’ll see!

Let me know what you’re reading? Do you read more than one book at once?

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‘Currently Reading’ Update #11

I am supposed to start A Grace of Kings (Ken Liu) for a group buddy read on Goodreads today, but I am not in the mood for it. I have been looking forward to reading this book so much, but for some reason I could not bring myself to pick it up to start today. In fact, I have hardly read at all today. But I have spent time with my family instead, so I cannot complain!

Galbraith, Robert - Cormoran Strike 1 The Cuckoo's CallingI will be continuing The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling), which I am quite enjoying. It’s different from what I normally read and I kind of need that at the moment. It is so easy to get bogged down in your comfort-zone, which tends to be fantasy or general contemporary fiction in my case. I am glad my friend chose this book to buddy read as I have not read a crime/mystery for what seems like ages! I may just read this as my only fiction book for now. I have watched the first part of the TV series as well, but am putting the rest off until I have actually read the book.

Selderhuis, German - Martin LutherI am still making steady progress with Martin Luther, by Herman Sederhuis. It is a very detailed, well written biography, and I am enjoying it. I feel like I am learning so much about a period of great change in Europe and this man, this monk, was at the centre of a good chunk of it. It is absolutely fascinating, but I also feel like I can only read little bits at a time. It takes digesting. There is no doubt that at the end of this book, I will be a little bit wiser and that is a good feeling.

What are you reading at the moment?

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‘Currently Reading ‘ Update #10

At the moment I am reading three books; still one too many!

I am doing two buddy reads at the moment.

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 2 The Great HuntThe first one is The Great Hunt, #2 in The Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan. That’s a buddy read for the Fantasy Buddy Reads group on Goodreads. It’s a re-read, so it makes it kind of nice and relaxing. Bonus is that I actually do really love this book! Jordan’s writing is a little repetitive sometimes. Everyone is always scowling or ‘tugging her braid’, which makes me roll my eyes sometimes, but apart from that, I am loving reading it again.  It is almost 700 pages though…

Galbraith, Robert - Cormoran Strike 1 The Cuckoo's CallingThe second I am buddy reading with a couple of real-life friends (yes, they exist!) and that’s The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (who is actually J K Rowling of Harry Potter fame). We were looking for a book to read together and my friend Mer said she had bought this book as she was enjoying the TV Series and was about to start reading it. Well, what better excuse can there be? I am a couple of chapters in and I kind of like it. I never noticed what a peculiar way of writing J K Rowling has until reading this book. I can’t quite point my finger on what it is, but there is something about her sentence construction or her tone… or something… it’s a little odd.

Selderhuis, German - Martin LutherFinally, I am reading Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography by Herman Selderhuis. It’s a non-fiction book I am reading via my Kindle app courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. I wanted to read it, because theology fascinates me. Religion has no place in my own daily life, but I find it tremendously interesting how it fits into other people’s. Martin Luther is such a big figure in the history of Christianity that I was keen to read it. So far I am finding it easy to read and very interesting.

What are you reading?

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Autumn TBR

I had hoped for an Indian summer, but September is turning out to be pretty autumnal this year, which made me think about the books I might want to read this autumn (up to the end of November).

Currently reading:

Johnson, Debbie - The A-Z of EverythingI am about 15% into The A-Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson at the moment, which I am reading via the Kindle app on my phone. It’s not the kind of book that I would normally reach for, but I just fancied something that was not fantasy or dense. I think it suits those criteria. It is ok so far. My non-fiction at the moment is My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding, which I am listening to on Audible. I will be starting another book for a buddy read later today. Having three books on the go is one too many for me. I prefer reading two, distinctly different books, at once.

Speaking of them buddy reads:

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 2 The Great HuntI think I mentioned before I am doing a few Fantasy Buddy Reads on Goodreads. The first of those starts today: Robert Jordan’s The Great Hunt, which I am looking forward to re-reading. Then there’s Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings in October and The Dragon Reborn (also by Robert Jordan) in November. I also want to join the buddy read for The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling for the Catching Up on Classics group, which also starts in October.

Other books I might read this autumn:
 
Selderhuis, Herman - Martin LutherMy next non-fiction read will be Martin Luther, by Herman Selderhuis, which the publisher is kindly allowing me to review via NetGalley. When I was at uni I did some chapters on the reformation and found it tremendously fascinating, so when I saw this book I did not hesitate.  I am really looking forward to reading this one.

Apart from that, I am not entirely sure. I have a few books I want to read in the next few months, so my possibles are:

Kelly, Maeve - Orange Horses  Brown, Pierce - Red Rising Saga 1 Red Rising  Harris, Joanne - Chocolat  Mantel, Hilary - Wolf Hall  Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre

  • Orange Horses (Maeve Kelly) I think this is a short story collection, which would make a nice change!
  • Red Rising (Pierce Brown) I keep hearing so many good things, I just need to read this book now!
  • This Savage Song (V E Schwab) I still have not read anything by this author and I want to!
  • Chocolat (Joanne Harris) Just feels like an autumnal sort of book!
  • Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) For some reason I want to read this in November. Seems the right sort of time. I have to be in the mood for it though – it’s a pretty big book!
  • Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen) Classics suit autumn
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) see previous
  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) yes, again, see previous
  • Flame In The Mist (Renee Ahdieh) This book has been looking at me – sounds like the right kind of book for autumn too.
  • Roth (Glyn Hughes) been on my TBR for way too long (15 years + *cough*) – want to read by end of the year
  • The Origin (Irving Stone) also a book that has been on my TBR for years – a fictional account of Charles Darwin’s life I believe.

I feel like I should add some spooky books for Halloween, but I don’t have any… Where’s a Stephen King book when you need it? Surely I have something! Will have to have a look.

If you have recommendations for spooky books for October, let me know!

I would love to hear what’s on your TBR for this autumn or if you want to suggest a buddy read 🙂 I would love to do a buddy read with someone!

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‘Currently Reading’ Update #9

Three books, three formats. That’s the story of what I am reading right now.

Hearst, Dorothy - The Wolf Chronicles 1 Promise of the WolvesThe actual book book I am reading is Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst, which is the first book of a trilogy called The Wolf Chronicles. Actually, yes, it is actually about wolves, written from the perspective of a wolf. I tend to like animal perspective books and so far this feels like a good one!

 
Balding, Clare - My Animals and Other FamilyI am listening to the audio version of My Animals and Other Family, which is an autobiography by Clare Balding, who is a famous sport presenter in England and daughter and sister of famous race horse trainers. She is someone I much admire for her passion and knowledge of racing and sport in general. I am four chapters in and I love it! In this case, listening to the audio definitely adds a dimension. She does the narration herself. She has a great voice and tells her stories so well, doing credible Irish or American accents where required. I am enjoying this one so so much!

Tucker, Stacey - The Equal Night Trilogy 1 Ocean's FireFinally, I am reading Ocean’s Fire by Stacey Tucker on my Kindle app on my phone. I got it via NetGalley. It definitely has a fantasy element, but so far it mainly reads like contemporary fiction. I have to say, I am about 20% in and I am not really feeling it. The writing seems a little clunky, the characters are very 2D and the love interest seems forced, cheesy and a little meh. I hope it will get better as the main character discovers whatever powers she is supposed to have. Please, let it get better!

What are you reading?