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!

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Current Reads: Classics (#AYearAThon July)

The theme for this week is Classics over at the #AYearAThon, and so I picked up the two classics I own but haven’t read from my physical TBR shelf.

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 recently finished


Brave New World
Brave New World

By: Aldous Huxley
Genre: Dystopian classic
First published in 1932

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing, and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers.

I just finished the book this morning. It was interesting, but I didn’t much care for the main plot elements. The ideas & concepts were clearly the carrying force of the novel. The authors foreword (better to be read after finishing the novel), written in 1946, was also very interesting. There were a couple of things in the book’s future that seemed funny and endearing in our modern day, like a large government facility storing all their information in “eighty-eight cubic meters of card-index”.

What is up next


Rebecca
Rebecca

By: Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Gothic literature classic
First published in 1938

Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again…

Rebecca was the other classic sitting unread on my shelves, so that is what is next on line. I will start it today. I know absolute nothing of it apart from it being a gothic romance/mystery, and I like it that way! I want to be surprised.

Other possible reads


These are the classics & modern classics I have currently on loan from the library. If I have time left this week, I’ll choose from one of these.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd A Wizard of Earthsea Hamlet Cat's Cradle
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (reread)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

I will be very happy if I manage to knock those two books out of my overflowing physical TBR shelf! The library books are just a nice bonus if I get to that. Can you recommend which one of them I should read first? Happy reading, everyone!

#AYearAThon May Wrap-Up

I had some lofty goals for this month’s #AYearAThon, with the Finish/Catch Up on a Series theme. But then I went to a couple of movies, followed the Eurovision song contest, and all in all just felt too restless for reading. Let’s see how I did.

Finished #AYearAThon Reads

The Hedge Knight Glamour in Glass

The Hedge Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #1), by George R.R. Martin
Glamour in Glass (Glamourist Histories #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal

So, I only managed to read one of G.R.R. Martin’s Dunk and Egg novellas, and finished one other book. To be honest, I finished Glamour in Glass a few hours after midnight on Sunday, but I’m still counting it! At least I managed to finish it; it had been on my shelf for ages. These were both solid 3 star reads – I didn’t love them, but they were fun to read. Sometimes I got confused by the names of the princes, other nobles and knights that were thrown about a lot in Martin’s novella, and in Kowal’s book I was bothered by the fact that for a long while in the book, the protagonist had nothing to do and was kept in the dark with no idea as to what was going on.

Planned Reads

The Sworn Sword The Mystery Knight Clockwork Angel The Last Wish

The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #1-3), by George R.R. Martin
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassanda Clare
The Last Wish (Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski

Now, I didn’t plan to finish all of these last week (except for the novellas), but I wanted to at least get them started. I did start reading The Sworn Sword, but otherwise, none of these were even touched. These books will most likely carry on to my list for this week’s Bout of Books 10.0 readathon! I’ll try to do better with them this time!

#AYearAThon Update

Last week I showed you my TBR for this week’s #AYearAThon, with the theme of Re-reads. Let’s have a look at how I am doing.

Finished books

Shades of Milk and Honey On Monday I started and finished Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. I’ve reviewed this book on the blog when I first read it. I found this Regency-with-magic fantasy book to be quite like I remembered: fun, a quick read, with some predictability if you’ve read your Austen. I think I liked it a bit better the second time around, since I knew what to expect.

Monday: 302 pages

Currently reading

The Three Musketeers On Tuesday I moved onto my second reread, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. D’Artagnan is such a hothead! Although I enjoy the book, I haven’t been reading that much, so I am only 90 pages in…

Tuesday: 27 pages
Wednesday: 63 pages

I found it a fun coincidence that The Three Musketeers starts with the words “On the first Monday of the month of April”, and that’s when the read-a-thon started. Just my little dorky source of fun!

Current Reads: Prince of Thorns + AYearAThon

This post is linked at “WWW Wednesdays”, a weekly reading meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

I am currently reading

Prince of ThornsPrince of Thorns
(The Broken Empire #1)
By: Mark Lawrence

I am still reading this grimdark high fantasy. I’m about halfway through – so far I haven’t gotten very immersed into the story, but I do intend to finish the book.

Last week I posted

Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

What I will read next

Shades of Milk and Honey The Three Musketeers
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Last week I stumbled upon this read-a-thon called AYearAThon. Some people came up with a year’s worth of montly read-a-thons for 2014. So, once a month, there is a week-long read-a-thon with a set theme. You don’t have to take part in all of them if you don’t want to – you can just do the month/months of your choosing. You can find more info about the YearAThon here, and join the GoodReads group here.

April’s theme is Re-Reads, and it takes place next week, from April 7th to 13th. I found the theme interesting, since there are a couple of books that I’ve meant to re-read for a while. I think I will also take part at least in May’s Finish/Catch Up On A Series and July’s Classics read-a-thons.

I need to re-read Shades of Milk and Honey so that I can continue with the Glamourist Histories series, and I’ve wanted to re-read The Three Musketeers (and all its sequels) for a while now. I thought this might be a great time for that! I hope to finish both of these next week, but since The Three Musketeers is over 800 pages long, it might be wishful thinking. Let’s see how I’ll do!