Current Reads: Prince of Thorns + AYearAThon

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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!

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Current Reads: Prince of Thorns

This post is linked at “WWW Wednesdays”, a weekly reading meme hosted by Should Be Reading. All the links take you to GoodReads.

I am currently reading

Prince of Thorns
Prince of Thorns

(The Broken Empire #1)
By: Mark Lawrence
Genre: Grimdark high fantasy
First published in 2011

I just started reading this book; I’ve actually only read the first chapter. I have to say this is the grimdarkest fantasy I’ve ever picked up, with very morally reprehensible, violent things happening right at the beginning. Yet I still want to read this. Why? Because Robin Hobb gave this 5 out of 5 stars. That’s a pretty big recommendation right there. There’s also a blurb from her on the cover of the book. This is what she said in her GoodReads review:

I had to grit my teeth several times to get through this, and more than once I wondered, “Why was this recommended to me?” Then the pieces began to fall into place. Not a tale for the faint of heart, but well worth it to prevail. Trust me.

So I will trust her, and believe that all this is going somewhere.


I recently finished

City of Glass Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan


What might be next

The Summer Prince
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

I have borrowed this from the library and should get to it soon. I loved the author’s short story in the Zombies Vs. Unicorns anthology, which is why I picked this one up.

Current Reads: Snuff

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I am currently reading

Snuff
Snuff

(A Discworld Novel)
By: Terry Pratchett
Genre: Comic fantasy
From: My bookshelf

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ank-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies – and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.

Guys, I started reading yet another book! Last weekend I was going to visit another town (to see Rocky Horror, woot!) when at the station I realized I had packed no entertainment for the train ride. Shock & horror! So I went to the the station’s paperback store and picked up Snuff.

I had been craving for Pratchett for a while, and even though I haven’t yet read Making Money and Unseen Academicals, the two previous installments, I had read the previous Vimes/Guards book, Thud!, and that is all you need to read this Vimes book. I like that Pratchett has so many different character storylines to follow in the Discworld novels, so you can choose whether you want to read say, a Death book, or the witches, or a wizards book. I’m having much fun so far, and I love how Pratchett always seems to a have a more serious theme under all the comedy, especially in his later books.

Last week I finished

Saga Vol 2 So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
I still like the people hunting the main couple more than the main couple. Especially Prince Robot IV – he’s more or less the reason I keep on reading.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide #4), by Douglas Adams
Hoping to finish my re-read round of the series this year! I love the biscuit eating story in this one…

What might be next

Next I hope I’ll finish all three (!) books that I’ve started but not finished! That is, The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Wish me luck!
The Fractal Prince The Name of the Wind Great Expectations

Hope you all have a great reading week!

Current Reads: The Fractal Prince

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I am currently reading

The Fractal Prince
The Fractal Prince

By: Hannu Rajaniemi
Genre: Science Fiction
From: The library

Master thief Jean le Flambeur is out of prison, but still not free. To pay his debts he has to break into the mind of a living god.

I’m finally getting back into the swing of reading Rajaniemi. It always takes me a while to get used to the fact that it’s okay if I don’t understand some (or most) things about the world or the technology.

I’m also continuing with The Name of the Wind and still slowly reading Great Expectations.

Last week I finished

Last week I read a lot of graphic novels:
Runaways: Deluxe vol. 2 & 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, et al.
Invincible: Ultimate Collection vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley
A Bride’s Story Vol. 3 by Kaoru Mori
The Unwritten Vol. 2 & 3 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
I also read the Civil War and Secret Invasion Runaways/Young Avengers crossovers.

What might be next

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
I preordered this book, but it has been sitting unread on my shelf. I think i really need to pick it up soon, but who knows how much time the current books I’m reading will still take me. The Name of the Wind is one big book.

Current Reads: Divergent

How are you guys doing? I’m a bit in between books right now, can’t seem to be able to decide what I want to read…

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I am currently reading

Divergent
Divergent

(Divergent #1)
By: Veronica Roth
Genre: YA dystopian
From: My bookshelf

In a divided society where everyone must conform, sixteen-year-old Tris does not fit. She is forced to choose and devote the rest of her life to one of the five factions. Where does she belong?

So, the final book of this series, Allegiant, just came out yesterday, and I’m only starting book one. This has been sitting forever on my shelf, and I had it on my most intimidating books list back in July. The book is just so popular, and there’s so much hype around it, that I was afraid to pick it up and perhaps be disappointed.

Like I said, I have just started, and so far so good. There are things about the world that bother me, though. Like, you divide people into five factions that don’t even meet each other that much, and sometimes even disdain one another, and expect that to stop wars? Wait, wha-huh? 16-year-olds are supposed to choose their factions, but then their old factions/family feel betrayed by them if they choose something else than what they were born into. Yeah, very peaceful. Also, some of the ways the people are expected to behave within a certain faction are very stupid, or just don’t make a lot of sense. Yeah, I see that the society isn’t even supposed to be awesome and perfect, that’s why it’s a dystopia, but I fail to see how the original idea for this society even got started. Who had this awesome idea “to stop war”? This is like Harry Potter’s school houses, yo, that stuff doesn’t actually disencourage competition.

With all that said about the world, I try not to think about it, and focus on the story and the characters. I like the characters for the most part, and I find the book very easy to read. There are some whiffs of an Ender’s Game kind of situation thrown in (smallest of the bunch must learn to ruthlessly defend him/herself, and wonders if he/she can be a good person), I’m interested in how that will play out. This could be an exciting tale of adventure, if I just give it a chance and try to accept the world building… I’ll try to do that!

Last week I finished

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I visited family last week, picked this book up from my sister’s shelves and read it in a couple of nights (and I mean, in the middle of the night when everyone else was sleeping). I’d only read one book from Green before, and none from Leviathan, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. It turned out to bes just what I needed; a quick, engaging read that just swept me along.

Current Reads: The Cuckoo’s Calling

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Some News

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I am currently reading

The Cuckoo's Calling
The Cuckoo’s calling

By: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Genre: Crime/Mystery
From: The library

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

My reserved copy of Joanne Rowling’s (writing under a pseudonym) new crime novel arrived at the library, and I’m about 150 pages in. So far it is immensely readable. It seems like it will be a decent mystery novel, but only time will tell if I’ll fall in love with the story or the characters.

There was a little pause in my reading right after the beginning, and when I continued I realized that it had been a mistake – I had forgotten how important it is to keep the different characters and events fresh in your mind when reading a mystery! Now I’m back on the map, and have learned my lesson. I should finish the book this week.

Great Expectations
Great Expectations

By: Charles Dickens
Genre: Classic literature
From: My Kindle

I have never read a Dickens novel before! For some reason I just haven’t been that interested. I recently saw the 2012 BBC movie adaptation Great Expectations, though, and liked the plot so much that I had to start reading the book immediately afterwards. I am taking it slow, and reading it on the side, as with all my classic reads.

Last week I finished

Mansfield Park Legend
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Legend by Marie Lu

What might be next

Eternally Yours The Fractal Prince The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
I just recently borrowed a copy of Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan from a friend. I also have The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi from the library, and Holly Black’s newest novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, is staring at me from my shelf. It could be any one of these next!

What are you reading? Are you looking forward to Halloween, perhaps craving for some scary reads? Let me know, I love good ghost/vampire/gothic horror stories!

My 23 Day Reading Challenge

On YouTube, people have been doing a 30 Day Reading Challenge. Ricquetta of Nerdintranslation came up with the challenge of reading 30 books in 30 days. Other people joined in, but as many were uncertain of their chances of finishing so many books in a month, they tweaked the challenge to read a certain amount of pages in a day, for example 150 or 200. The challenge started on June 17th and will run until July 16th.

I don’t post videos to YouTube, but after watching other people’s videos for a week I started thinking about the challenge. Perhaps I could just do it on my own to shorten my TBR pile of owned books. Of course, since one week had already passed me by, what was left was a 23 Day Reading Challenge.

I set myself a manageable target page count that would keep me reading every day for the next three weeks – a 100 pages a day. It might not sound like much, but since I’ve lately been in a reading slump and have picked up books only to not finish them, it seemed like the perfect target.

So, how have I been doing so far?

I just finished reading

Doll Bones
Doll Bones by Holly Black
I started reading this 244 page book on Monday and finished it on Tuesday.

I’m currently reading

A Dance with Dragons
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
I’m reading this book in between other reads. I had started it before the challenge, but during the challenge I’ve read 114 pages so far (100 pages today, one chapter yesterday).

What might be next

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Either The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman or something else from my Summer TBR Pile

How is your summer reading going? Are you planning to take part in any read-a-thons this summer?

 
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