Not the happiest books

It’s book review time again with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature Linkup.

Lately I’ve been reading more avidly than before. Hence the slower rate of blog posts, less clean home, etc. I’m going through some long ones, so I feel like I should have more to “show” for my reading time, but alas, I’ll just have to look at word counts to feel like an adequate reader.

I finally made it through A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. The depth and level of detail is pretty amazing and I’m hooked into the story. Only semi-complaint, these books are LONG. I was reading the book on my nook and wondering why I was being such a slow reader, then I saw a hard copy of A Clash of Kings at the bookstore and understood that it was much lengthier than my nook would have led me to believe. There were more differences between the book and show for this volume and it was fun to make comparisons as I read. Since I read two books in this series in a row I’m now going on a bit of a break to squeeze a few short novels in between.

Next on the list is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I had heard good things about this book, and it’s petty new so I was excited to be on the front end of reading it. I had heard that, yes it’s another post-apocalyptic story but you won’t want to miss this one. I did enjoy that this was a story in the post-apocalyptic genre that was for adults, it’s filled with Shakespeare, and Star Trek references, and it did a good job going back and forth between time before the deadly virus hit and the years following. While I appreciated the different points in time and eventually seeing the stories connect, there was a little too much back and forth that I didn’t quite feel like I spent enough time with any of the characters to fully appreciate them.

In progress: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Stand, and The Secret Keeper.

I’ve also got a huge library stack that I’ll never get through. Has anyone read The Queen of the Tearling? The library copy had a beautiful spine and a ribbon bookmark that pulled me in. I’m trying to decide if I should make that one a priority in my tall stack of books.

I’m only reading long books

This month seems to be the month of in-progress books and only the long ones.

Right after the last Twitterature with Modern Mrs. Darcy I finished A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and then followed it up immediately with starting the next book in the series: A Clash of Kings. I’m not quite halfway through. I’m certainly liking this series, it just takes a while to read.

In more exciting news, I figured out how to read while running on the treadmill. While reading through this series I’ve set my nook to a gigantic font while running and it has revolutionized treadmill time. The nook covers up that annoying circle that tells you how far you’ve gone in a quarter mile. Still working out how to read (without an audio book) while running outside.

Continuing with the long book trend, I’m listening to The Stand by Stephen King, it’s a story about a killer virus and all the events that follow. I’m doing a combination of audio and reading the hard copy for this one, mostly audio. Unfortunately it was due at the library and someone else had a hold on it. Alas. It would seem that this particular book will be a longer term project because it will certainly take a few library checkouts before I can finish it. Can’t wait for my hold to come up again!

In between listening to to The Stand I’ve got Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling going on an audio book as well. Harry Potter (like the rest of the world) is one of my top favorite book loves. In middle and high school I read all of the books multiple times. As in- I have passages memorized, I know I’ve read the 4th one over 10 times. BUT- I have only read book 7 once (probably since it came out right before I started college), so listening again is fun since I can’t remember every single detail as well as I do with the other books in the series. Listening to this while sewing Etsy items makes time fly.

And finally the last book I’m working through is The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. It fits with my accidental WWII reading theme for the year. This one is super short compared to the rest of the books in this post, but I’m going through it slowly. I need to have it finished for book club by next week! Looks like I’ll have to put down my fiction for a few days to finish.

Happy reading!