Thursday, 11 February 2016

February reading

How is your reading going? Mine is rather slow. I think I need a bit of a genre shake-up. 



In January, I have been listening to audiobooks exclusively. In fact, I went on an audio binge  I wanted to be able to knit and sew and enjoy books all at the same time. I listened to five parts of a new to me crime series, Ben Aaronovitch's 'Rivers of London' . Ben Aaronovitch has in the past written scripts for Dr Who, a good indicator of the general gist of his books.
The novels are narrated in the first person, which I don't usually like all that much. But Peter Grant, the lead character and accidental apprentice wizard detective (rightfully employed by London Metropolitan Police), is ever so charming and has a wicked sense of humour. If you like detective novels and if you like a dose of the unreal, you'll like this series. I think I like the narrator even more than the stories, it is Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. He has a mellifluous voice, really enjoyable to listen to. He does all characters justice. When I choose an audiobook I often listen to a sample first. There is nothing worse than a narrator with a high pitched voice and a clipped accent. I prefer 'my' narrators to have the accent of the location of the story. A novel set in Glasgow narrated with a London accent is just wrong. I always wonder how easy it might be to pick up an accent? I am fairly certain this depends on your hearing?

Then I downloaded a science fiction book, 'Wool' by Hugh Howey. It is part of a trilogy, 'Silo'. This story is set in the future, when pollution has made it impossible to live on the surface of the Earth and humankind, or at least a small part thereof has moved underground into enormous silos. I am not entirely sue if there is more than one silo. It is a a weird and rigid society, archaic somehow. There are no lifts in the silo, which seems odd considering that the deepest level is 154 floors underground and that lifts have been part of our society for decades. I didn't get very far before I got bored and I have abandoned the book for now. I may pick it up again in the future. 

I think I am going to give science fiction a miss for a while. I am also going to save my audiobook credits for later because I have small pile of 'real' books I want to read. Maybe I can train the teenager to read to me whilst I am working on my quilt :-) 
The book on top of the pile was a recommendation by Doris (read about it here). She notes that she was hooked and could not bear putting the book down. I am hooked already but I am also a little frightened...

What are you reading? Am I missing any great new or old books I should definitely read? Let me know. Happy reading! xx

18 comments:

  1. I recently started the Game of Thrones series. I already watched it on TV and was absolutely addicted to it and now I have the same experience with the books! I just can't put them down and I count the minutes at the office until I can finally get home and have my precious reading hour on the train!

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  2. Hey Christina,
    I have also downloaded Doris's recommendations. Ives read all the others in your pile and enjoyed them all. Mysterious Ways most of all.
    Leanne xx

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  3. I read Wool, it got better, but I had no desire to go on with the series. Really liked the Paying Guests. I'm finally finished The God of Small Things, it was hard going for a long time, but the further I got into it the more I appreciated the great writing.

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  4. Spill Simmer Falter Wither intrigues me. Going to look it up on Amazon now - thanks :-)

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  5. I'm just starting an Agatha Christie novel - I've never actually read any although I've seen so many adaptations on the television that I feel that I should have done. It's nice to be back with a novel after a couple of non-fiction books xx

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  6. I love to see what other people are reading and enjoying. I'm halfway through The Poisonwood Bible, and I'd definitely recommend it, also Prodigal Summer and Flight Behaviour, all excellent. CJ xx

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  7. The Girl in the Red Coat is not that scary though I thought it would be at first. Hope you (and Leanne) like it as I feel responsible now. I've been experimenting with an audiobooks version of David Copperfield when I can't get back to sleep at night. Bought a 95p copy and I'm finding the way the reader puts on a high pitched voice for the child very annoying! It did help me switch off though and stopped me mentally lesson planning.

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  8. I have been listening to the Sue Grafton mysteries and loving them, they are great for my car and at home when I knit or weave.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. I've just finished A Spool of Blue Thread which I enjoyed. My mum has just read The Girl in the Red Coat for her book club and has told me I absolutely must not read it! x

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  10. I started reading "Testament of Youth" by Vera Brittain, but haven't got very far. I haven't been able to give it my full concentration lately. I don't like reading or watching scary things because I never get to sleep after that. The Rivers of London sound good, and I may look them up here. We're Dr Who fans here. Thanks for sharing your reads!
    Wendy

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  11. Is there a section just for authors named Sarah/Sara in your library? :) I'm reading a memoir called When All the World Was Young, by Barbara Holland, and I love it. I'm going to look for some more of her books next time I'm in the library. My husband reads some science fiction but I can't usually get into it. I wish I could because he'd like it if we could discuss our reading, but he won't read books I like either, so we're stuck. :)

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  12. I just read a review about The Girl in the Red Coat. It sounds very interesting. I finished Station Eleven. It was a quick read. I enjoyed the way the characters linked together. I enjoy seeing what others are reading. Thanks for sharing your list.

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  13. I read The Girl in the Red Coat and had to read it quickly to find out what happened. I so like a book that makes me forget my everyday for a while and it did. I also enjoyed The Paying Guests and I have the Sarah Winman book right by me to start. One book I really liked is The Coincidence Authority by John Ironmonger. Have you read that? I cannot get to grips with science fiction though.

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  14. I'll have to put The Girl in the Red Coat on my list... I'm in need of a new good page turner!

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  15. It is good to mix things up a bit isn't it! Happy Valentines! xx

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  16. I'm still reading War and Peace which I'm enjoying hugely but it's a slow read for me so I'm mixing it up with Artemis Cooper's biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor and the poetry of a new to me contemporary poet, Stephen Collis.

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  17. I'm currently reading Anne of Green Gables. It's a children's book that seems to have passed me by, so at the grand old age of 45 I finally got round to reading it. I am thoroughly enjoying the exploits and imaginations of Miss Anne Shirley. Makes me wish for summer and picnics by the lake and sunshine :)

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  18. I've just read War and Peace and it was superb - the writing was fantastic, such brilliant descriptions! I like the sound of the bottom book in your pile!

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