2017 · Currently Reading · June

Currently Reading | June 2017

I was going to do a May Wrap-Up video and upload it to YouTube, but I haven’t had the opportunity to film lately and I also realised that I didn’t finish a single book in May, so there’s that. Instead, I decided to do a new Currently Reading-post with all the books I’m in the middle of and hoping to finish this month.

  • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that I started this around two months ago because I wanted to watch the TV show. Then Amazon wouldn’t let me because apparently it’s only available outside of the UK if you’re a UK resident on holiday even though they said it would be available all around the world. So I fell out of reading the book and I’m still only like a fourth of the way through it, but I am determined to finish it.

  • Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

I started this way back as well, just after its release, and I still haven’t finished it either. I have read around a third of it and I have enjoyed what I’ve read very much, but school got in the way. I will probably finish this before I finish American Gods, as this was (is?) one of my most anticipated books of the year.

  • The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss

This is more or less the only book I’ve been consistently reading for the past few weeks, as it is my current audiobook. It’s so easy to just plug in my headphones and start listening when I’m doing other things, so that’s probably why I’ve been more consistent in “reading” this lately. I’m liking it a lot so far, mainly because of Kvothe as a character. I’m thinking about writing a discussion post on this entire series once I’m finished, because there’s so much to say about it from a literary perspective. It might be a while until that’s up, though, as I’m only halfway through this so far and the audiobook is 42 hours long ^.^’

  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

I picked this up on a whim the other day because I suddenly really felt like reading it and now I’m almost finished. I love that feeling when a book grabs you and pulls you in, and it’s been a while since that happened. This will probably be the one of the physical books that I finish first.

  • Lord of Shadows, by Cassandra Clare

I haven’t actually started this yet, but I plan on starting it as soon as possible. I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers, but from what I’ve been able to glean from cryptic tweets, it seems as if shit is about to go down. So I’m excited to dive in, and will hopefully get around to doing so soon!

That was everything for today. I will hopefully be able to go back to my ordinary posting schedule from now on, which I am really happy about 😀 !

2017 · April · Currently Reading

Currently Reading

It’s time for this month’s currently-reading post! I try to do these once a month to keep track a bit of what I’m reading at the moment. This time around, there are four books on this list, so here goes 🙂

  • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

I started this for the Tome-Topple Readathon because the TV series starts in late April, but so far I’m not doing too well in the readathon aspect ^.^’ . I am liking the book so far though, but I’m not sure I would recommend starting here if you haven’t read any of Neil Gaiman’s books before because this is pretty bizarre in a sense. Try Stardust or Trigger Warning instead. Anyway, I’m hoping to at least have read a third of this before the TV series begins. Right now, I’ve read around 100 pages, and there are 635 in total in my edition if you exclude all the extra material in the end.

  • The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss

This is my current audiobook, and I have listened to around 7 hours of this so far, which is roughly half of part 1. I’m not sure how many pages that is in the actual book. I’m loving this so far, it’s definitely living up to The Name of the Wind.

  • Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, so when it arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago I had to start reading it immediately, even though I started a couple of other books ^.^’ . I’m on page 65 right now and loving it!

  • London Fields, by Martin Amis

I’m reading this for class, and it’s supposed to be finished by next Tuesday, so I should probably be prioritising it, but honestly I can’t really force myself to continue reading it at the moment. I’m on page 44, but I have mostly skimmed through those so I can’t actually tell you if I like it that much or not. It might be more on the it’s-okay-but-I-don’t-love-it side, considering it’s a book that someone is telling me to read.

That’s everything for today! I’ve fallen back into the habit of reading several books at once ever since I started studying at uni, since I usually read one book for class and at least one for fun at the same time.

2017 · Currently Reading · March

Currently Reading

Here I am with this month’s Currently Reading-post! I only have two books on here this time around, because by the time this goes up I will just have finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (expect a review soon!) and haven’t gotten around to starting anything new yet. Anyway, let’s get right into it!

  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that I started this last month because I didn’t have anything to listen to for a couple of weeks, and then my credit renewed. Well, I  ended up ditching that other audiobook because I liked this one much better. I think I’m around half-way through at this point, and I am loving it. The narrator is awesome, and I love Kvothe as a character.

  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker

Yes, this has been around since October, and no, I haven’t finished it yet. I might just pick it up now that I’ve finished The Night Circus and haven’t started anything else yet.

That’s it! These are usually much longer, so it feels a bit weird to only have two books on here. But it’s a nice way to catch up with what I’m reading at the moment.

2017 · Currently Reading · February · Lists

Currently Reading

Here’s this month’s Currently Reading-post! This month’s list is almost completely different than last month’s list, so let’s get right into it.

  • Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

This is my “for fun”-book this month, and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for so long so I’m super excited to finally be reading it. So far I’ve read around 2/5 of it, and I’m liking it so far. Something that stood out to me when I started reading was how Scarlett, the main character, describes feelings through colour. I really liked that detail.

  • Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

I’ve pretty much just started this. I’m reading it for class and it’s supposed to be finished by next Friday, so I thought that I’d better get going ^.^’

  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

My audiobook ended, and since it was about two weeks left until my credit renewed, I decided to re-download this. I originally began listening to it back in July or something, and got around four hours through (out of almost 30) before I stopped. So now I decided to give it another go. The audiobook is awesome, the narrator does a great job on all the voices. However, since I just downloaded a new book to listen to, I might not listen to this as often.

  • The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry

This is my new audiobook for this month. I wasn’t going to read this at all at first, because it doesn’t seem like my type of book. But then I think it won the Waterstone’s book of the year 2016 and began showing up all over the place in England, and I guess it grew on me. All I know is that it’s set in Essex, that it incorporates some fantasy/folklore elements, and that it seems pretty good.

  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker

If you read my last post, you’ll know that this was on there too. It probably won’t disappear until this summer ^.^’ .

2017 · Currently Reading · January

Currently Reading

Here we go again with one of these posts. I’m going to try doing one of these a month to catch up a bit with what I’m reading, because I’ve noticed that I’ve begun picking up the habit of reading several books at once again ^.^’ . I used to do that when I was younger, but stopped and haven’t done so for several years – but since I started university, it seems like that habit has come back. Anyway, here’s my currently reading for January

  • My “main” read this month is To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. I got it for Christmas, and began reading it as soon as possible because I loved The Snow Child by the same author when I read it a few years ago. So far I’ve read just over half of it, and am really liking it!
  • This month’s audiobook is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s a WWII story set in France about two sisters – one who just wants to continue her ordinary life and protect her daughter from the war, and one who joins the French resistance. This is also pretty good so far.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker is also on my “currently reading”-shelf on Goodreads. I started it in October to read for class, read a bit less than half and then I never finished it. But it’s still there, because I’m intending to finish it at some point.
2016 · Currently Reading · December

Currently Reading

I feel as if there’s been so much film on my channel lately, so I decided to get back to the books with a ‘currently reading’-post. It is a bit sad that this is the only type of book-related post I’ve been writing recently, but I haven’t been finishing any books lately, so there’s that.

Anyway, the physical book I’m currently reading is Lips Touch by Laini Taylor. It’s a short story collection that I decided to read because I liked her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy so much, and so far I’m liking this as well. I’m around halfway through so far.

My audiobook this month is Twelve Days of Christmas, which is also a short story collection. It consists of twelve Christmas stories, and I’m around halfway through this too. I downloaded it because I wanted to listen to something Christmassy, but so far this is just okay. The thing about this type of book where there are stories by lots of different authors is that you like some stories better than others, and that’s what I feel is the thing with this one so far. Some stories stand out more than others.

That’s it. If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll notice that I’ve switched around a bit with the books. I decided to put Six of Crows and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street on hold. I started on Six of Crows on the plane on my way here, read a bit more than a fourth but less than a third, and then it just lay around. So I decided to put it on hold and pick it back up again during my Christmas break. As for The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, the audiobook wasn’t really doing it for me. The narrator was all right, but I don’t think I got along with the story in that format. It’s the type of book that I personally feel is better to read as a physical book rather than listen to. I might pick it back up at a later date, but borrow it from the library or something.

2016 · Currently Reading · October

Currently Reading

I haven’t been terribly active on here for the past few weeks, because I moved to England in the beginning of the month. Because of that, I haven’t been reading that much either. But here I am again, with a “Currently Reading” post.

I’m reading three books at the moment. The first of those is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and I’m around 125 pages into it. I’m liking it so far, but it’s taking me really long to read it. I think that has to do with the fact that I’ve had a lot to do for the past two and a half weeks, though.

The other two books are audiobooks. I think I mentioned one of them in my last currently-reading-post – The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I have around 4 hours left of this, which is to say that I’m almost finished. I think this would have been better to read as a physical book. It’s not that it’s exactly confusing, but it would be nice to be able to flick through it to check details.

And the last book is Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, which is a short story collection edited by April Genevieve Tucholke. I just started it today to get into the right mood for Halloween, so I don’t have very much to say about it yet. But I’m hoping that I’ll like it, because Goodreads says it’s for fans of Neil Gaiman and everyone who knows me knows I like Neil Gaiman’s books.

That’s it for this time. I’m going to try to get better at posting, because having a goal to write here at even intervals might inspire me to actually read more for fun, even when I’m studying.

2016 · Currently Reading · September

Currently Reading

I haven’t finished any books recently that I felt that I had enough thoughts on to write an entire review, so I got the idea to do a “currently reading”-post. Usually, I only read one book at a time, but now I have found that I’m reading three. So I thought I’d share my thoughts on them so far.

  • Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas.

This is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, and my focus at the moment. I started this series because my friends wouldn’t shut up about it, and now there’s only this and one book left in the series so I might as well finish it off. Some people seem to think that the series gets worse over time and that it’s not the same series as it was in the first two books. I disagree with the first statement, but I can see the point in the second. I wasn’t too keen on the first two books, because I read The Assassin’s Blade first and then the series took a different turn than I had expected (not that I know what I had expected, but still). Queen of Shadows is the best yet, but Empire of Storms might just beat it.

I’ve read about 40% of this so far, and am hoping to reach the half-way point today.

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley

This is my new audiobook. I’m only on chapter two, so I don’t have that much to say about it at the moment. I do find it a bit confusing though, so we’ll see how that goes.

  • Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

I’ve been reading this book since early July and got around 1/3 of the way through before I felt that I wasn’t feeling like reading it right then, so I put it on hold. Then I picked it up again, read two chapters and now it’s on hold again because I decided to focus on Empire of Storms instead. I’m not having the best of luck with Uprooted, but I’m determined to finish it.

I’ve read 35% of this, according to Goodreads.

  • The Diviners, by Libba Bray

Speking of things on hold, I might as well mention this book as well as a parenthesis, as I’m not actively reading this at the moment. This is another one that I’ve been “reading” for way too long – I started it in June, read 240 pages of it and then put it away. It was just so slow – to the extent that it never felt as if I was getting anywhere with it. I wanted to read something quicker, something that I felt that I would actually finish. I will probably finish The Diviners at some point, just probably not before I go to England as I had originally planned.