Monday, January 14, 2013

Books so far this year....

My reading mojo is off to to a slower start this year as I ended and started the year by re-reading a load of chick lit over the holiday period. It felt like the right thing to do. I did read a couple of new ones but they were so light and fluffy that I can't be asked to post about them.

I'm not counting what I read this year. I am reading just for the pleasure of it with no goals or aims at all. I have decided to carry on posting what I read though. Partly because I enjoy doing it and also because it's a record for me to look back on.

I am reading a lot but my main book is a long one so it's taking some time to get through. I have a couple of audio and side reads to post though.....

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Format - audio book

I love to listen to this book. It's narrated by the author who does the  best job of telling his own tales and poems. He has a lovely voice to listen to and the stories within the book have twists and  turns that delight and bemuse. I never tire of them. I love the American God based novella at the end revisiting the character of Shadow, it is a very clever tale that ties in characters as well from an earlier short story in the book.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Format - audio book

Another re-visit to a favourite audio version. There are aspects of this book that I have always found disturbing but I still love to this to it. This is a dramatised version and although I think the main narrators voice sounds too young for a 15 year old it is still very well done and is a joy to listen to.

The Anne Boleyn Collection by Claire Ridgeway
Format - kindle

This is a collection of essays taken from the authors website The Anne Boleyn Files. It is an interesting read but there is some repetition of material but not enough to annoy. I did learn some new information about this interesting character and the format is very easy to read and not as dry and dusty as some books I've read on the subject. It isn't a particularly long read either but as it is presented in bite sized chunks it a good read for those days when you only have a few minutes to spare. The web page is very interesting and well worth visiting too.

The Constant Princess by Philipa Gregory
Format - book

This was lent to me and I had a short time frame to read it in which might account for the fact that I struggled to get into it. I put it down for a week and  then had rush to finish it to return it on time. Although I am forever fascinated by the Tudors and Henry Viii in particular this one just didn't do for me. It was good and I enjoyed it but I didn't put it down and think - Wow what a read - in fact I put it down and give it little or no thought at all.

I have loads of books on my 'to-read' list this year and my kindle is overflowing with new downloads. Am off for a long weekend soon so hope to find some extra reading time then.

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