So far this year I’ve managed to get through four of the books on my last list of do here is this month’s update on what I’ve been reading, what I’m about to read and what I thought of the books I actually finished.
What Am I Reading
I’ve knocked some books off my ‘currently reading’ list this month. I wanted to try and focus on the books that I want to finish during February. I’m a few chapters into ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ ‘Magician’, ‘Blackbirds’ and ‘America Gods’ but the other two are pretty much untouched. If I’m honest, ‘Go Set A Watchman’ is the lowest down on the list at the moment, but that’s just because I’m enjoying the others too much. I keep finding myself debating over which one to pick up.
I’m trying to focus in on the books I’m reading and reduce the number of ones that I have lurking around half-read.
While I liked ‘Dodger’ well enough, I felt that it lacked any real motivation behind the story. While ‘The Colour of Magic’ is whimsical and fun, ‘Dodger’ is a weird mixture of history and imagination. While Dodger amused me, I never felt any real connection with Simplicity. The ending seemed rather convenient as well and the final chapter, well let’s not even go there. It was very much a ‘meh’ book. ‘The Colour of Magic’ on the other hand was everything I’d expected from a Pratchett book. It was an utter joy to read. I’ve managed to hold off buying the next book in the Diskworld series just because I’m trying not to divert too much off my current reading list, but I’m not sure how long that resolution will last.
‘A Dance of Chaos’ was brilliant. It was the perfect ending for David Dalglish’s series and it had all the same face pace, break neck action as the rest of his books. I won’t say any more for fear of spoiling the earlier ones but if you like action, sword fights and criminal underworlds then you have to read this series.
Finally we get to ‘The Sentinel Mage’. I’ll admit that I got a few chapters into this book and put it down. I thought the Prince was a prat, the main characters while nice enough seemed to innocent, and I lost interest. It turns out that this is another one of those books that grows on you as you get further. At ten past twelve this morning I was busy telling myself, just one more chapter, just one more chapter. The book does end with a conclusion of sorts, but it also left a lot of questions to be answered in the next book. I went from being two chapters in to finishing it in three days.
‘The Sentinel Mage’ has a really interesting chapter structure as well. Lots of short chapters, interspersed with some longer ones. It made me think about my own writing and how I’m structuring it. I felt less inclined to put the book down mid chapter and I’d defiantly say that this was an enjoyable read. For those who like the fantasy genre, I would recommend it.
What I’m Reading Next
Both of these books are released next month with ‘Daughter of Blood’ set to land on my doorstep TOMORROW! I’m so happy and I can’t wait to read it. I raved about ‘The Gathering of The Lost’ in my last Confessions of a Bookworm post. Both the series and the writer have me under the spell.
‘Night Study’ is set to be out the end of February but I’m also super excited to have that winging it’s way towards me. The first half of 2016 is filled with released from writers that I adore so you’ll be seeing them pop up now and again, knocking some of the older ‘currently reading’ books out of the way as those pre-ordered copies zoom through the letterbox. ‘Poison Study’ which was the first book in this series became on of my favourite books in the fantasy genre from the moment I read it. The fact that Maria V Snyder has returned to these characters is wonderful and the ending of ‘Shadow Study’ has me practically scrabbling for the opening chapters to ‘Night Study.’ Luckily I won’t have to wait much longer.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do. This list won’t get any shorter by itself.