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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
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
The blurb: My name is Peter Grant. Until January I was just another probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service, and to everyone else as the Filth. My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – We do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from a man who was dead, but disturbingly voluble, and that brought me to the attention of Chief Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. And that, as they say, is where the story begins.
Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated. I’m dealing with nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden – and that’s just routine. There’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious, vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.
The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying. Which, I don’t mind telling you, would involve a hell of a lot of paperwork.
Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy #2 and #3) by Laini Taylor
I’m also finishing off the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Book 3 is, fittingly enough, a monstrous tome at over 600 pages! I have it in hardback from the library and I think it’ll break my wrist if I try to read in bed.
If you’d like a bit more background on this series, check out my review of Book 1 – I had some mixed feelings but was optimistic for the rest of the series.
2. The last books I read
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Read my full review here. I’m glad I’ve finally read something by Agatha Christie and such a classic too. Shorter and more concise than I expected, I enjoyed it but would have liked it to take more time to tell us about the characters.
The blurb: The title says it all! Hercule Poirot at his sleuthing best.
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) and Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness
You can read my reviews of books 2 and 3 here. I think I’ve just about got over the experience of reading the Chaos Walking trilogy (in a good way, it’s highly involving to the point of exhaustion!).
The blurb: No blurb to avoid spoiling the trilogy, but I don’t think it’s too much to say this is about the continuing trials and tribulations of our young heroes, Todd and Viola, struggling to survive on an alien world where the thoughts of all men are audible.
3. What I’ll read next
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
After reading many good things on other blogs, I’ll finally be reading something by Philippa Gregory! And I love all things Tudor, so I have high hopes this will be good. Plus, it’ll be nice to get back to some historical fiction 🙂
The (short) blurb: Two women competing for a man’s heart. Two queens fighting to the death for dominance. The untold story of Mary, Queen of Scots.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The blurb: January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂