I really wanted to post a book review or something this week, but I went out on the weekend so there was no time to sit and think about what I’d read. So instead, look out for a few tags and memes I’ll post, like this one which was created by the Book Loving Pharmacist.
What book(s) (or audiobook) have you been meaning to read for a long time but haven’t gotten around to reading:
Soulless by Gail Carriger
It’s a paranormal novel filled with various supernatural creatures, like vampires and werewolves, and is about a woman, a spinster, who has the ability to negate supernatural powers because she’s soulless.
I’ve heard great things about Carriger’s books and have always wanted to read them, especially because I like the covers, but have yet to pick it up.
A book you’ve been meaning to reread but haven’t:
Ha! That’s The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, but since I just completed rereading it by audiobook today (the one narrated by Ron Inglis, which I don’t like much), I’ll choose a different book.
Jinx by Sage Blackwood
The first in a middle-grade fantasy series about a boy who’s left in the woods by his stepfather and goes to live with a wizard.
I read this back in 2013 and enjoyed it. Since I now own the second in the series and have forgotten parts of this book, I’d like to reread it and then read the second novel. I recall really liking the story though I thought it had some faults. I was drawn to it because I like the author’s name.
A book from a genre you don’t normally read but have been meaning to try and give it a chance:
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
I’m not a huge fan of mystery/thriller mainly because I’m too impatient to wait until the end for the mystery to be resolved. I always get frustrated by the middle and just flip to the end and read that first. Anyway, I’d like to try a Dan Brown book because for years I’ve heard people either rant or rave about his novels and I’m curious. Plus, I’ve read several reviews of his recently published Origin, which also perked my interest in Brown’s books.
A series you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t because of how long it is:
Series length doesn’t turn me off, so instead I’ll choose a big book that I haven’t started because of its length:
Paradise Lost by John Milton
It’s not very long, but it’s the only book that would come to mind, so I had to go with it. I’ve always wanted to read this one, but I keep thinking that I’ll be bored and that it will be a chore to read because of how long it is — it’s under 500 pages; not bad, actually, but I don’t think I’ll like the prose.
A book you wish you could go back in time and read for the first time:
The Harry Potter books, of course! 😊
A book recommendation you’ve been putting off:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I admire Adichie and I really want to read her books, but I have yet to pick one up despite owning three. I was recommended Americanah around the time it came out and bought We Should All Be Feminists after listening to one of Adichie’s presentations on a TED Talk. Then I watched a review of Purple Hibiscus and bought that too.
Every time I tell myself to read one of her books, I reply to myself “soon,” and I thought “soon” would have been back in October when I attended a lecture thing where Adichie spoke about her creative beginnings, but apparently “soon” didn’t come then either. I guess “soon” will be next year. I don’t want to rush myself, but I do want to get to reading Adichie’s books. I believe I will love them.