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Currently Reading… Update #24

I feel like I feel more tired than I should this Friday evening. Kids at my daughter’s school are all dropping like flies, so not unthinkable that I may be coming down with something. Well, I do not have time for that, sickness bugs! Leave me alone! I have a busy weekend ahead with turning the last of the trees that blew down in January into firewood. I also have a double birthday on Sunday.

Anyway, what am I reading? Or NOT reading as the case may be.

Polk, William R - Crusade and JihadI finally decided not to continue Crusade and Jihad for now. This non-fiction book by William R Polk is about relationship between the ‘global north’ and the Muslim world. Although I find it incredibly fascinating, my brain is just not taking it in, so there is no point in reading it at this point. I would love to read it another time, when I feel revived and energised, but for now I have put it down. This was a NetGalley copy, but if I choose to continue this book, it will be a physical copy. I do not think this is the right book for me to read on my Kindle. It’s too dense, too much like a textbook. I prefer a physical copy that I can just read a bit off every now and then. I have to say, what I did read was extremely interesting and much I did not know, so I have put it back on my TBR and fully intend to get a physical copy at some point.

I ended January by picking up Persuasion by Jane Austen after I finished The Shadow Rising  the day before. I thought it would make a nice change and I have been meaning to read more Jane Austen for ages. However, I found the transition from epic fantasy to Austen a little too jarring. So I felt maybe some new adult urban fantasy would do the trick. I do not tend to read a lot of urban fantasy, but I fancied it. So I loaded Mistress of the Vampire by Elena Darkmoon, which was an author request, onto my Kindle. I have to say that, although the book itself is not quite my cup of tea and I started out not liking it much, I am warming to it. I am about halfway in and I am on the fence about how I feel about it. The sex scenes make me cringe a bit, but then, most sex scenes do. It is seldomly done well in my opinion. I just think generally they are not that sexy… I prefer it when much is left to the imagination. But, I digress… 😉

I am still reading Persuasion as well, which I am now finding quite relaxing. I like to take my time with Jane Austen. I love the way she wrote and portrayed her characters and I know I will enjoy this book.

Have a great weekend everyone and let me know what you will be reading!

Lola xx

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Currently Reading… Update #23

There’s a storm raging outside and the weather people have called code red – weather alarm. Now, normally on a windy rainy day I would curl up on the sofa and read, but the house is filled with noise. During the last storm, a week or two ago, quite a few of our trees came down, so now I am just feeling wound up and anxious. I noticed roofs have already come off my neighbour’s barns and one of his trees have come down. I feel like the roof is about to come off our house, or a branch through the window. There are hurricane force gusts going on!

Anyway, I have decided to binge watch old episodes of Made In Chelsea, which is a guilty pleasure of mine and completely silly. I love it. Playing it quite loud through my headphones drowns out some of the booming noise from the storm.

So, currently I am NOT reading. I am too anxious! But when the storm is over, hopefully in an hour or two, three, I will be able to continue reading Happiness by Aminatta Forna. I am about a quarter in and so far it is a really good read. I am really enjoying both the main characters. I love it that both of them are middle aged people, who have already lived a life that has shaped them. I am finding both Atilla and Jean very interesting and it just feels like a different sort of story. It’s good.

I also started a book called Crusade and Jihad a few days ago. This is a book by Michael R Polk and deals with the history of the relationship between the muslim countries and ‘the north’ (North America, Europe, China, Russia, etc.). Since I love history and religion as a whole is fascinating to me, it seems like the perfect book for me. I am not much in the mood for it at the moment, so I am going but slowly. It’s interesting though!

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 4 The Shadow RisingI hope to be starting The Shadow Rising, the fourth book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan today or tomorrow for a buddy read. It’s a strong book in the series, so I am looking forward to it!

This will be my third re-read of the month and for some reason I am really enjoying my re-reads at the moment.

 

What are you reading?

 

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Currently Reading… Update #22

I seem to be well and truly back into the swing of things and have left the reading slump behind. So far I have been pretty pleased with the books I have read since the New Year. I just finished Murder in Bloomsbury, which was a tremendous amount of fun. I seem to be liking whodunnits at the moment.

Auel, Jean M - Earth's Children 1 The Clan of the Cave BearBut, I am moving away from the mysteries for the moment. I started re-reading The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel a few days ago. A buddy read on Goodreads prompted me to do so. I don’t need much of an excuse to be fair. It was one of my favourite books that I read in my late teens and it’s good to revisit it. I am only 60 pages in, but hopefully I will make some good progress over the weekend. There are buddy reads coming up for all of the books in the Earth’s Children series, but I am not sure I will read them all. I remember by book three I was getting a bit fed up with the main character. I have always loved the first two books though, so I am happy to re-read those.

Polk, William R - Crusade and JihadI have also just started reading Crusade and Jihad by William R Polk. I saw this on direct download on NetGalley and the synopsis sounded really interesting. It is a non-fiction book that looks at the history and present of the relationship between the Muslim world and not only the West, but also China and Russia; the global north as the author calls it. It sounds like a tremendously interesting read and since I have a keen interest in history and religion (even though I am not religious myself), I pressed that download button. I am about 5% in and I like the way it is written. It is not too academic. I feel like it is meant for everyone who wants to understand some of the world’s issues a bit better.

Over the weekend I want to concentrate on The Clan of the Cave Bear. I think I will take my time reading Crusade and Jihad to give myself time to really absorb the information it is imparting.

What are you reading?

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‘Currently Reading’ Update #21

I have not really been around for a week or so. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am visiting family in England and the Internet has been playing up. Actually, I think it was good to take a break from the World Wide Web and just enjoy some family time. I have been reading a bit more, taking some walks and generally recharging my batteries, which I think is what I needed.

A few days left of 2017 and I had set my reading goals for December quite low anyway. I did not end up reading A Winter Flame (Milly Johnson) as I planned, but I may read it in January to hold on to a bit of that Christmas spirit. Am I allowed to read Christmassy books in January?

Hobb, Robin - Farseer 1 Assassin's ApprenticeI am reading Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb at the moment, albeit still a bit slowly. I am really enjoying it and I have just ordered the rest of the trilogy. Sometimes the speed of reading does not say that much about how much I like the book. I am reading a physical copy of this book and for some reason I have been finding it easier to read something else on my brand spanking new Kindle.

Questell, Jaime - By A Charm And A CurseThe book I was reading on my Kindle was By A Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell, which was an ARC I asked for at NetGalley. I just finished it today and I loved it. It was quite an easy uncomplicated read and I think that helped me. Review should be up soon!

Cogman, Genevieve - The Invisible LibraryI do not have any ARCs that I have to read in January, so I just browsed my Kindle books. I usually order them when they are on a 99p offer, cause I am that much of a scrooge. 😉 I finally settled on The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman about five minutes ago. It sounds like my kind of story and at the moment I just want to read what I am in the mood for.

What are your reading? Let me know! Also, would love to hear if you have read any of the above books.

 

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‘Currently Reading’ Update #20

My reading slump is still ongoing. I am still reading way less than normal, but I am ok with that.

Law, Lucas K (editor) - Where The Stars RiseI 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.

Maas, Sarah J - Throne of GlassI 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?

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‘Currently Reading’ Update #19

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 1711 Jane Eyretwo 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 Watkins, Sarah-Beth - Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotsmonth, 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!

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‘Currently Reading’ Update #18

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!Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre

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.

Various - If The Fates AllowI 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!