Current Reads: The Killing Moon

I am currently reading

The Killing Moon
The Killing Moon

(Dreamblood #1)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Genre: High Fantasy
First published in 2012

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe – and kill those judged corrupt.

I’m only about 50 pages in, and so far I’m glad that there’s a glossary at the back! There are quite a lot of fantasy terms being thrown around – religious & magical terms, noble family branches – and it’s great to know that if I lose track, I can always check them from the back. The characters that have been introduced so far seem great, and I’m only waiting to find out what the plot is going to be about.

On the non-fantasy front, I’m also reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

What’s up next

Furies of Calderon
Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

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Current Reads: The Gunslinger

This post is linked at “WWW Wednesdays”, a weekly reading meme hosted by Should Be Reading. As usual, the book covers in this post link to GoodReads.

I am currently reading


The Gunslinger
The Gunslinger

(The Dark Tower #1)
By: Stephen King
Genre: Horror-fantasy-western
First published in 1982

In The Gunslinger, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly mirrors our own.

I am reading this book for the Stephen King/Horror theme week over at the #AYearaThon GR group. So far it hasn’t quite been my cup of tea. There have been some sentences regarding women that I’ve rolled my eyes at. Stephen King isn’t one of my favourite authors – I don’t dislike his books, but I don’t particularly like them, either. My sister said that one of the books – I think it was the third – had some really scary stuff in it, so I wanted to check the series out.

I am also reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, and The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers.

Recently I Finished


The King of Elflands Daughter The Call of Cthulhu
The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany – 3/5 stars
The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft – 4.5/5 stars

What is up next


The Causal Angel NOS4R2 Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Causal Angel (Jean le Flambeur #3) by Hannu Rajaniemi
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

I will be choosing from these three books. Either I’ll continue my October Spooky Reads challenge, or throw a science fiction book into the mix.

Current Reads: Without A Summer

This post is linked at “WWW Wednesdays”, a weekly reading meme hosted by Should Be Reading. As usual, the book covers in this post link to GoodReads.

I just finished reading


Without A Summer
Without A Summer

(Glamourist Histories #3)
By: Mary Robinette Kowal
Genre: Regency fantasy / Fantasy of manners
First published in 2013

When Jane and Vincent receive a commission from a prominent family in London, they decide to take it, and take Jane’s sister Melody with them. They hope the change of scenery will do her good and her marriage prospects – and mood – will be brighter in London. Once there, talk is of nothing but the crop failures caused by the cold and increased unemployment of the coldmongers, which have provoked riots in several cities to the north. With each passing day, it’s more difficult to avoid getting embroiled in the intrigue, none of which really helps Melody’s chances for romance.

I just finished the book this morning, and it was my favourite of the series so far. The first book had its own kind of charm, while the second just fell a bit flat for me. This one had by far the strongest plot, although I was often squirming while reading it, since the villain was so offputting!

Last Week I Finished


Through The Woods Chroniques De Jerusalem
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – 5/5 stars
Chroniques de Jérusalem by Guy Delisle – 3.5/5 stars

What is up next


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Current Reads: Keeping It Real

This post is linked at “WWW Wednesdays”, a weekly reading meme hosted by Should Be Reading. As usual, the book covers in this post link to GoodReads.

I’m currently reading


Keeping It Real
Keeping It Real

(Quantum Gravity #1)
By: Justina Robson
Genre: Urban science fiction/fantasy
First published in 2013

The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the dimensions apart was torn and now, six years later, the people of Earth exist in uneasy company with the inhabitants of, amongst others, the elven, elemental and demonic realms.

Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty but now she’s not so sure. Torn apart two years ago, her body is now more than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery.

This is my local Geek Girls book club pick for the month. Well, actually it’s last month’s pick, and we are having the meeting to discuss the book this Friday! I’m only about one third through, so I know what I shall be reading for the next few days! So far it’s been pretty generic, but okay. I haven’t really gotten a good feel of the characters yet.

I recently finished


Broken Homes Carmilla

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch – 4 out of 5 stars
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – 4 out of 5 stars

What is up next


The Princess Bride The Well of Ascension

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Current Reads: Broken Homes

This post is linked at “WWW Wednesdays”, a weekly reading meme hosted by Should Be Reading. As usual, the book covers in this post link to GoodReads.

I’m currently reading


Broken Homes
Broken Homes

(Peter Grant #4)
By: Ben Aaronovitch
Genre: Urban fantasy police procedural
First published in 2013

Police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant has to solve a murder case while continuing to navigate the magical politics of the gods and goddesses of the rivers of London.

I absolutely love Peter, Leslie and Nightingale, so I’m terribly happy to be back in this world! I love Aaronovitch’s wry humour, and the mixing of wizards with police procedurals. My current favorite urban fantasy series.

I’m also reading the horror classic Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.

I recently finished


The Last Unicorn
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

What is up next


The King of Elfland's Daughter The Princess Bride Keeping It Real
I will be choosing from these library books:
The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity #1) by Justina Robson

Current Reads: Middle Grade (#AYearAThon August)

The August theme for #AYearAThon is Middle Grade. I continue with my tactic of picking up two books I own from my physical TBR shelf.

This post is also linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The book covers link you to GoodReads.


Watch the video or just read about the books below. (And excuse my appearance, our apartment was boiling hot today!)

Planned Reading List

The Book of Lost Things The Dark is Rising
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising #2) by Susan Cooper

These are my main picks. Both have been on my shelves for a while, so it is high time that I got to them. They both sound very interesting, so I think I’ll have fun this week! I’m going to start with The Book of Lost Things today.

Extras

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1), by Catherynne M. Valente

This is the group read for the month. I borrowed the ebook from the library, and will read it if I have time left over from my main picks.

What are you reading this week? Comment or leave a link below!

Current Reads: BookTubeAThon 2014!

I decided to take part in BookTubeAThon, a readathon taking place from July 14th to 20th, over at YouTube. Here’s a link to the official YT channel. I have been following several booktubers for two years now, but I have never made a video of my own. I decided to bite the bullet and film a TBR video for the readathon. It was so weird!

Watch me being awkward, or just check out the list of books I’m going to read, below.

My BookTubeAThon TBR

Hellsing, Vol. 1-10, by Kohta Hirano
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

This post is linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The links in the cover images take you to GoodReads.