Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.
The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
1. What I’m reading at the moment
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
The blurb: In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.
Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.
However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.
2. The last books I read
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
You can read my full review here. I enjoyed this so much. I had a few minor quibbles, but overall it’s a fun read and I was sorry when it was over.
The short version of the blurb because the full one is SO long: A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. If you click on the cover image you can read the longer version on Goodreads.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
I enjoyed the film Silver Linings Playbook, so when I saw the book in the library I thought, “Why not?”. You can read my full review here. Short version: it’s good, but the film is better. And I don’t say that often!
The blurb: Pat Peoples has a theory that his life is actually a movie produced by God, and that his God-given mission in life is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending – which, for Pat, means the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as any surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)
The problem is, Pat’s home now, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; his old friends are saddled with families; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, Kenny G keeps haunting him!
3. What I’ll read next
I need your help! I have too many choices and don’t know which one to pick first… (#firstworldproblems!).
I own three of these thanks to your recommendations. And The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is mine simply because the cover is possibly the loveliest thing I’ve seen this year (it has gold embossing on it people – come on!).
My options (with links to Goodreads for more info):
- Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
- The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
What should I go for first? I’m leaning towards the Woodfine just for something completely different…
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂