At the start of this year I set myself the challenge of reading fifty books before 2016 was done and gone. You see, I’m very good at starting books, but finishing them within a set period of time is a trick I seem to have lost over time. I’m too easily distracted by shiny new covers in bookshops or fresh releases popping up on Amazon. The Goodreads Challenge seemed like a great way to push myself into focusing on my reading more and these WWW Wednesdays meant that I could share that progress with you all.
What Am I Reading?
I’m terrible at starting numerous books at once, so the other day I pulled out all of the books containing bookmarks and stacked them together on my bookshelf. I decided that until I had finished them all I would not pick up a new book, no matter how tempting.
I can’t say very much about any of them at the moment since I’m only a few chapters into most of them. I’ve got into the habit of snuggling up on settee on a Sunday afternoon and reading the hours away, so it shouldn’t take me too long to get through these.
This month I’ve managed to get through quite a few books and claw my way back towards being on track.
Now I absolutely loved the first book by Jojo Moyes and this one was just as good. It’s not fantasy fiction so it might look a bit odd in the line up, but when you’re reading and writing in one genre, it is lovely to take a little break now and again. The characters in this piece were brilliant and it is funny in all the right places while maintaining a sense of seriousness when it needs to. It tackles how everyone, no matter how perfect they may seem, is generally ploughing their way through mess and confusion in the hopes of finding happiness at the end.
The Lies of Locke Lamora
This is a George R R Martin style book when it comes down to detail but it’s all focused in on a set collection of characters. You still have the bloodshed and the violence but in a much more compact storyline. It’s not a small book so you won’t finish it in one sitting, but if you’re looking for an epic fantasy fiction novel then this is one for you.
The Gathering Dark
I like this book and I’ve bought the next two in the trilogy, I’m just annoyed about them changing the cover and the title of the first book but not doing the same for the others. While I enjoyed the story line, it doesn’t rate up to the rest of the books on this list. It’s a much shorter book and the length goes some way to explaining the lack of development for both the character and the plot line but I can’t help but feel that it could have done with being longer.
Haha! I’m so happy right now. There are two books in this section that I had been waiting rather impatiently for, and Desolation by Derek Landy was one of them. The only gripe that I have with the book is that the relationship between the two main characters is very similar to the relationship between Skulduggery and Valkyrie Cain. There is even a car involved in the relationship. If it were anyone else then this would probably annoy me, but I love the way Derek Landy writes to the extent that I find it difficult to stay annoyed about anything in his writing for very long. It’s funny, dark and gory, everything you would expect from Mr Landy. This series is perhaps a little more grown up than his last, and I don’t have the same love for Amber as I did for Valkyrie. I mean Valkyrie! I suppose that’s the danger with writing such a good series of books, following it up will never be easy, so while Desolation and the rest of the Demon Road Trilogy is utterly entrancing in its own right, I’m stuck with the feeling of ‘but it’s not quite Skulduggery’.
I’m not sure what to say about this book if I’m honest. It’s one of those where everything seems to happen in the last few moment and them bam! We’re done.
The Novice & The Inquisition
I’m really enjoying this series. I’ll admit, I read the first few pages of Taran Matharu’s first book ‘The Summoner’ and promptly put it back down on the shelf. It wasn’t the books fault, it just happened to be one of those days that I wasn’t in the mood to read that specific book at that specific time.
Last weekend I pick ‘The Summoner’ back up, polished it off and promptly pe-ordered ‘The Inquisition’ immediately.
‘The Summoner’ manages to do something spectacular. It comes to a satisfying conclusion but also manages to leave you with a massive cliffhanger where you find yourself clinging by your fingertips, really, really hoping that the next book is out soon because the suspense is gut wrenching.
Just as with ‘The Summoner’, I finished ‘The Inquisition’ in two days. It was face paced, interesting and I really like the characters that Taran has managed to create. He also managed to surprise me as a few chapters in I announced to my partner that one of the characters was no doubt the traitor only to be completely thrown at end of the book.
There are bits where I found the book strayed too closely into ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. The breeding of Orcs and Gremlins to form Goblins brought vivid visions of watching The Two Towers back to me but apart from that I thought the book did well.
Similar to ‘The Inheritance Cycle’ by Christopher Paolini, the book tackles issues of race and prejudice, a topic that at the moment is perhaps more relevant than ever. Not only does it tackle this subject masterfully but it also touches on gender equality.
Overall I’ve been really impressed by Taran Matharu and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Let’s hope it’s out soon.
A Court Of Mist And Fury
This book six hundred pages of pure joy and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Sarah J Mass always amazes me with her writing and I spent my Sunday curled up with this book, devouring every chapter. I love the relationship between Rysland and Feyre and I’m so impressed with the way that Sarah J Mass tackles emotion in the books. There is no ‘and now everyone is magically over that horrible, traumatic event that took place. Yay!’ Instead, you get to see them working through it and in some cases, how it utterly breaks characters.
This books tackles a new treat, and the tension is there all the way through the book. Not only that, you have this amazing dynamic between Rysland and Feyre and as always, the message that women are strong and powerful in their own right. I am really impressed recently by authors who tackle this subjects and handle them with such finesse. The do not make an example, they make it normal.
What I’m Reading Next:
The God of Small Things is still very much on my to read list, as are the sequels to The Gathering Dark and The Lies of Locke Lamora. The author of Rise Of The Sparrow, Sarina Langer, was wonderful enough to write a guest post for Writing and Works so I’m also keen to read her new book. I’m only one book behind track for my Goodreads challenge now and if I keep up the steam I’ll be laughing come November.
If you have any recommendations based on the books listed above then please do let me know in the comments below, or perhaps leave your own mini review. I love hearing from readers and an important part of reading is sharing your thoughts after and working out what you can take from a book.
So, until next month happy reading!