Monday, March 24, 2014

Reading Roundup

My reading still feels quite slumpish, with only brief jumps up into something that makes me want to read more than play Bejeweled 3. It's annoying to find it so easy to put down books. I sure could use a stretch of awesome reading. Any suggestions? Here are mine, for what they are worth right now...

currently reading
The Bridge by Iain Banks
The Infinite Air by Fiona Kidman
Predicament by Ronald Hugh Morrieson
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal)

The Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang
The Sisters of Sinai by Janet Martin Soskice
Quest for Origins by K.R. Howe
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman**

recommended with reservations
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (short stories)^^
The Writing Class by Stephanie Johnson
Devices and Desires by P.D. James
The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr
by William H. Armstrong
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

not recommended/did not finish
Relative Strangers by Emma Neale
A Death in Calabria by Michele Guittari
The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon
The Truth About Ruby Valentine by Alison Bond
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Conspirator by C.J. Cherryh
Clockwork Princess
by Cassandra Clare
The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt

** my only unqualified recommendation that is fiction and, honestly, i had to go back and read the blurb before i could even remember what it was about. i think that tells you just how barely above average even my enjoyable reads have been.

^^ with a title like "this is how you lose her" i shouldn't have been so surprised at how depressing these stories were but that's why the 'with reservations.'

So, that's it! Every title I've read/sampled in 2014 so far. Is it any wonder saving butterflies has been more appealing than reading lately?

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