Tuesday, May 17, 2011

one book, two book, three book four... and five

I wanted to write this post ages ago, in responses to the post over on Stuck-in-a-book post, but blogger has been playing up and uni assignments have been calling... so some of these books are out of date, and some have been changed, but here we go...


The book I'm currently reading...




I loved Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles SO MUCH when I was younger, but I haven't read anything else by her (or even the whole set of the Chronicles, for that matter). This is living up to my expectations, it's a regency/fantasy book and it's so much fun! The main character is a street urchin in London who dresses as a boy to stay out of trouble and takes a job breaking into Mairelon the magician's caravan and is then taken on as an assistant. Adventures ensue.


The last book I finished...






I am reading quite a bit of fantasy at the moment I feel, and this is also set in a quasi-regency period, but with the added complication of an alternate history and a spirit world. I'm also reading a lot of books I really enjoy, I loved this one. Kate Elliot has impressed me in the past with her attention to historical detail in worlds not quite like our own (in her Crown of Stars series, which I nonetheless never finished for reasons of timing), and I've been meaning to read some of her other books for a while. Unfortunately, as with the Crown of Stars, the series hasn't been finished yet, but when I finished this book I was dying to read the next one. I guess I'll just have to wait...




The next book I want to read...


This book intrigued me, from the title to the premise (a nine year old girl finds she can taste the feelings of the person who made the food in all the food she eats). Actually I have started reading it in digital form, but I want to get my hands on it and finish it and figure it out. This is a strange one...


The last book I bought...




Latest in a series! Can't resist. I'm always amazed at how Kate Griffin manages to start each one of these books right in the middle of a crisis, but it is definitely a way to get the reader's attention. I like her portrayal of London through magic, I do sometimes feel the lack of secondary characters. Mind you, I wouldn't want to be a secondary character in this series, they don't usually last for long...


The last book I was given...


This is a tricky one, since I tend to be given books in lumps. In fact I guess The Neon Court would count as the last book I was given, since I bought it with a book voucher. But I think the last time I was given an actual book was Christmas, and there were a few: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, The City and The City by China Mieville, The Grimm Reader by Maria Tatar, The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman and Truth by Peter Temple are the ones that spring to mind. Not a big fan of Truth, but really enjoyed The City and the City and The Grimm Reader, also Freedom but it suffered a bit from not being The Corrections.

Monday, May 02, 2011

comfort reads

Well it is certainly a woeful year for blogging for me. But it is a hectic year for uni, work and apparently everything else. Heading into panic mode. So at the moment not much is getting done, and all my books are comfort reads. Books to read when your brain is all worn out at the end of the day. If I look at my current reading list, I think it pretty much sums up all my comfort-read categories:


1. Agatha Christie
Maybe that should be 'murder mysteries', but there are few things as comforting as Agatha Christie. I'm currently reading 'Lord Edgeware Dies', which has Poirot, dead actresses and suspects galore. Agatha Christie has written so many books I don't think I've read them all, the only problem is that it can be hard to sort out the ones I have read from the ones I haven't. Pretty sure this is a new one though.


2. Anything with a really strong plot
Fast-paced books, preferably full of action, wake you up at the end of those 10 hour days. I just finished 'The Neon Court' by Kate Griffin (which I was always going to read, but came at the right time), which managed the series' usual trick of dropping you right in the action and making you read quickly through to the end so you could figure out what was going on. Maybe not a true 'comfort' book as such, but lots of fun.


3. Young Adult (YA)
Not all YA, but there is something soothing about a good one of these. I went to the library and just browsed the YA section, looking for a Diana Wynne Jones or Margeret Mahy or something with romance. What I got was 'Chiggers' by Hope Larsson, a graphic novel (nice to the sore brain) about friendship at summer camp. Just the ticket.


4. Rereading something old and familiar
Preferably a children's book or YA that you have a lot of fondness for. Like a warm bath. Combines nostalgia and reading and a book you know from the start will be a good one. Not actually rereading anything at the moment, but now I have a sudden desire to read some Narnia. Next on the to be read list?


There you go, that's pretty much what I'll be doing for the next month- working like crazy and reading some comfort reads whenever I get the chance.