My reading slump is still ongoing. I am still reading way less than normal, but I am ok with that.
I have started reading Where The Stars Rise, which is a collection of Asian fantasy and sci-fi short stories. I have read a couple of the stories and I am enjoying them so far. The hurdle is much shorter with short stories as I can just read one at a time. I read the second storu, which was ‘The dataSultan of Streets and Stars‘ by Jeremy Szal, yesterday and I thought it was pretty good. It was set in Istanbul in 2078 or some such.
I thought long and hard about the kind of book I should be reading to make my reading life a little easy on myself. I wanted something that was not too complicated or taxing to read. I figured some YA may do the trick. I found Throne of Glass on my shelf, which I got a used copy of a couple of months back. I figured that may just be the kind of book that will read away easily enough. I am a few chapters in and I am enjoying it so far. The story seems interesting so far and though I am not THAT impressed with the writing, I am liking the plot. I promised myself not to be too critical. I just want to enjoy this book for what it is. So many people love it!.
What are you reading?
Just thought I would do a quick update on what I am reading at the moment.
It feels like I have been reading Jane Eyre FOR-EVER! And I guess since I started it about two and a half weeks ago and I am only just past halfway, it is taking me a long time. Despite that, I did actually enjoy the first half quite a bit. I do not why, but now Jane has accepted Mr Rochester’s offer it is starting to drag a bit. Both characters are annoying me a bit. I know there is upcoming drama, so I am sure it will pick up again. That is the thing with classics; you usually have an idea of the story arc because you have either heard people talk about it or seen an adaptation…
I also started a non-fiction book yesterday. It is the only ARC I feel I HAVE to read this month, but I am actually really enjoying it. It’s Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots by Sarah-Beth Watkins. I love history and have a fascination with kings and queens through history, so it is right up my street. Considering it is taking me such a long time to get through Jane Eyre, this is a breeze for some reason. I am just over halfway. Granted, the book is only just under 170 pages long, but still!
I am definitely getting over my reading fatigue, so yay for that!
I don’t think I have had such a slow reading week for months. If I reach 50 pages a day it is a lot at the moment. It is fine of course, but it is just unusual. But then, I am feeling generally drained and sluggish at the moment. I reckon it is simply my body and mind adjusting to the winter that is coming. I simply seem to be wanting to do other things than read at the moment. I find it hard to stop my mind from wandering whilst reading. I am pretty sure it will get better soon, because to be honest I quite miss getting lost in a book. From the reactions on my ‘reading slump‘ post, I am not the only one suffering from that ailment at the moment!
I am still reading Jane Eyre, which (despite the slow going) I am really enjoying. I really love Jane’s voice and the way she presents herself to the reader throughout. Whether it is the right sort of book to read in the middle of a reading slump I am not quite sure, but I am sure I will pick up speed soon.
I have also just started If The Fates Allow, a collection of festive LGBTQ short stories written by various authors. It is my final ARC of the months. I am only halfway into the first story and it’s pretty fun so far. A collection of short stories could be just what I need to get myself out of my slump!
That is pretty much it for this update. Fingers crossed I will be back to normal soon. Not reading very much and not being able to concentrate on much of anything is not helping my blog updates either, but bear with me!
I did WWW Wednesday a couple of days ago, but since it has been all change, I figured I would do one of these puppies.
I finished Kate Humble’s Humble by Nature today, which I listened to on Audible and enjoyed a lot. It was such a good listen too. She tells it well!
I started Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) a couple of days ago and I was surprised that I got into the story so quickly. I immediately connected to young Jane and her circumstances for some reason and I found myself rooting for her straight away. With quite a few classics, especially if they were written over a hundred years ago, it takes me a while to connect to the voice, which is often quite different from modern novels, but with Jane Eyre it took no time at all. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book. And can I just add how much I love this Penguin clothbound edition! It is pretty stiff and awkward for reading in a cozy position though…
I have also started my fifth ARC of the month, which is The Curious Case of the Witch at Wayside Cross by Lisa Tuttle. I just read the first chapter and it’s promising! A mystery will do me quite well right now.
On a side note, I had six ARCs listed for reading this month, which is ridiculous! Apparently when I signed up with NetGalley a couple of months ago I went a bit crazy in the beginning and ended up with a load of books being published between this month. I panicked a little. I have calmed down now. I have read four already and luckily I liked them all so far! After this month they are pretty spaced out and there should not be more than two a month, which is much much better! I may make December all about the physical books! More on that when I do my November Wrap-Up and December TBR.
So, let’s do this WWW Wednesday post, a meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words, instead of my usual ‘Currently Reading’.
You get asked three simple questions, all starting with W!
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?
So, here I go!
What am I currently reading?
This is one of those, a physical book, an e-book and an audio book. The physical books is The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan for a buddy read. I think it must be the third time I am reading this book. I already know the story, so I feel I can be quite relaxed about it. The e-book is The Lunar Cats by Lynn Truss. I am only a chapter or two in. It’s odd and strangely intriguing! I like odd books, so that suits me. Finally, the audio book is Humble By Nature by Kate Humble. I like listening to autobiographies and although this one has a terrible title I am quite enjoying the story of Kate and her husband settling themselves into their new home and smallholding in the Welsh countryside.
What did I recently finish reading?
Most recently I finished The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre. I know lots of people absolutely love it. I think it is a really good book, and I would be happy to recommend it to people, but it will not end up on my favourites list.
What do I think I will read next?
The next physical book will probably be The Horse Boy (Rupert Isaacson) for the ‘Love’ prompt for Non-Fiction November. The next e-book I am planning to read is One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill (Mandy Baggot), cause I feel like I want to read something fluffy and Christmassy.
What are you (planning on) reading?
I finally got back to reading Reckless Daughter by David Yaffe, which is subtitled ‘A Portrait of Joni Mitchell’. I got a ARC e-copy via NetGalley, but did not get round to it until now. A shame, because this is a wonderfully written biography that tells Joni’s tale with vivid brush strokes and from more than one side. The author digs into her discography with a passion for music that you cannot help but sucked into. And tales of her personal life are told with integrity, sometimes harsh, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. I have about ten percent left to read, but I already know I will be checking out all those Joni Mitchell songs I had forgotten about.
I started the third book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, The Dragon Reborn, on Wednesday. I have not read that much of it yet, only just over a hundred pages, but I have read it before and I know it’s a good one! I am reading it for a buddy read at Goodreads. I will start sprinting through it soon enough, I expect! 🙂
What are you reading at the moment?
I need to admit that I am quite proud of myself. I am currently reading the final two books on my October TBR and I am hoping I will finish both by the end of the month.
The first of those books is Dracula by Bram Stoker. I felt the week running up to Halloween would be the perfect time to read this classic. I am about 85 pages in and it has really surprised me so far. It’s far easier to read than I expected. It starts out so spooky and creepy! Halloween perfection!
The final book on my October TBR is Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I have loved the movie for years, but I never got round to reading the book. Well, I picked up the book a couple of months ago and the movie always gave me an autumn feel, so felt it was perfect for October. So far I am loving it!
I am reading a third book at the moment, which is Reckless Daughter by David Yaffe. This is a biography of musician Joni Mitchell. I love music and I requested this to read via NetGalley. I have not taken much time to read it yet, but so far it is a pretty interesting read. There is so much I did not know about her. The other two books are my priority, so I am going a bit slower with this one.
Overall, my reading month has been pretty good quantity-wise, but as I will get into in my October wrap-up in a week or so’s time, there were a lot of books that were ok, but I did not love. I have a feeling I may end up loving all of the ones I am currently reading!