Saturday, 13 August 2016

What's Lurking in my Currently Reading Pile

You may have noticed that this site hasn't been updated in a while, a good long while in fact. Sadly, as has been the case for a lot of people this year, 2016 has really been giving me a beating which meant that a lot of things have had to go on the backburner. But I'm slowly pulling things back together and that means more post, more books, and a lot more reviews.

And whilst I tend to read a lot less when I'm stressed (I just can't settle to a book) I have still been reading. The odd page here and there of several books at once, just to keep me sane in amongst the madness.

So what's currently lurking in my reading pile? I thought I'd share a few.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Because who doesn't need heartbreak when they're already being emotionally crippled?! In all seriousness though, I saw the film and loved it (although I did sob like a small child at the end) and felt I really ought to catch up and read the book. It's fresh, it's engaging, and when I actually sit down with it I storm through a good chunk at a time. It's surprisingly funny in along with the heartbreak, and it's giving me a well written character I can root for in Lou. Definite thumbs up and a recommendation to check it out if you haven't yet.

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
This book isn't due out until October, and I'm currently having a bit of a love hate relationship with it. There are some brilliant ideas involved, and it's surprisingly addictive (ha!) but there are a huge number of problems and a whole lot of mess to contend with. Despite that I'm getting through it at quite a pace which is definitely something in my current reading state.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
I picked this up based purely off a postcard I saw at YALC that amused me, and whilst I'm not very far in, this is definitely piqued my interest and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.

The Graces by Laure Eve
I've not actually cracked open the book yet, but when it showed up in this months Illumicrate box I did a little gleeful dance. I've heard a lot of good things already, and I feel incredibly lucky to have got my hands on an early copy. Magic, twistiness and darkness - this sounds right up my street.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
I'm enjoying taking my time with the Outlander series. It's something I know I'll enjoy, I know where I stand with, and I know I can come back to whenever I want and savour it at my own pace. With the end of the second season on TV, I decided that now was the time to see how listening to audiobooks on my commute to and from work could work for me. So far so good, although it helps that I like the narrator for the series. I'm not far in yet, but it's wonderful being back with Claire and Jamie already.

The Planetary Omnibus by Warren Ellis
It's not an exaggeration to say that the Transmetropolitan series by Warren Ellis saved me in multiple ways at the end of last year and the start of this one, so of course I was going to get my hands on this omnibus by him. I've not started it yet (it's a hefty tome!) but I'm looking forward to seeing more of his work and immersing myself back into some graphic novels. They appear to be a wonderful way for me to get back into reading when I'm not managing well with fiction books.

So there you have my (quite large) currenty reading/about to read pile. As you can see it's a fairly wide and varied mix, but it's keeping me out of trouble and slowly getting me back into the habit of reading again.

But over to you - what have you been reading lately that you think I should pick up? Let me know in the comments below.

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