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.
Soooo….. 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!
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!
I 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.
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…
I finished I, The Aboriginal a couple of days ago, which I unexpectedly really loved. It told me so much about a culture I knew little about and did it so beautifully. I chose the memoir for my self-imposed reading challenge, which I call BookTube-A-Thon Stretched. It is basically all the challenged for the BookTube-A-Thon that took place at the end of the last month, but over a month instead of a week. I read Douglas Lockwood’s book for challenge 4 (Read a book about a character very different from you). 6 out of 7 stars for that one.
I started The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern straight after. I chose this book for challenge 2 (Read a hyped book), as I have seen it mentioned a lot. It was a book I really wanted to read, so I ordered a second-hand copy and I have been looking forward to reading it so much. I am just over halfway and I am loving it so far! Sometimes I wish the character were a bit more fleshed out, but maybe the point is to keep an air of mystery, to not get too intimately acquainted with the characters. Nonetheless, I am enjoying my read very much!
What are you reading?
So I decided to do the BookTube-A-Thon reading challenges this month, deciding it was enough of a challenge for me to read 7 books in one month.
I finished Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World this morning, which left me free to start my reading challenge!
I am in abroad in England at the moment, to see family and friends, and I took a couple of books with me, knowing my challenge no 2 book, The Night Circus, would be waiting for me anyway.
In the end I picked up I, the Aboriginal by Douglas Lockwood, which is only about 250 pages long. It is my book for challenge no 4 (a book that has a character very different from you). It’s a memoir of an Aboriginal man from the Northern Territory in Australia. For some reason, I expected it to be a difficult read after reading Robert Jordan, but I am already 90 pages in and actually quite enjoying it. I love reading about different cultures and the aboriginal culture is so different from what I am used to that I am glad that I decided to read this book for this particular challenge.
Hopefully it will only take me another day or two to finish. I think I will be picking up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern next…