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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?
As always, clicking on the cover image will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.
1. What I’m reading at the moment
High-Rise by J. G. Ballard
I was intrigued by the recent Ben Wheatley movie adaptation of this novel. I want to see the film, but I wanted to read the book first (my preferred order of going about things!). So far it’s exactly as bizarre and grim as I’d expected.
The blurb: When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.
2. The last books I read
The Night Manager by John Le Carré
I was motivated to read this by the recent BBC adaptation… but unfortunately having seen that adaptation ruined the book which seemed outdated, overly-complex and slightly dull by comparison. If you haven’t seen the TV version, or love complicated spy thrillers, give it a try. Otherwise, just watch the BBC version – it’s terrific! Here’s my full review.
The blurb: At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities – about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings – backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Yay! Rainbow Rowell didn’t let me down. This was as good as everyone says and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough… Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises… Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds — smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
The Jazz Files (Poppy Denby Investigates #1) by Fiona Veitch Smith
This sat on my TBR for quite a while after I’d seen good reviews on a few other blogs. It was good and I enjoyed it. But… I didn’t really have much else to say about it. So I just did a quick review on Goodreads rather than a blog post.
The blurb: In 1920, twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette who was injured in battles with the police in 1910, is a feisty and well-connected lady.
Poppy has always dreamed of being a journalist, and quickly lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Then one of the paper’s writers, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly–and messily. Poppy and her attractive co-worker, photographer Daniel Rokeby begin to wonder if it wasn’t a natural death, but murder.
After she writes a sensational exposé, The Globe’s editor invites her to dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead man’s files and unearths a major mystery which takes her to France–and into deadly danger.
3. What I’ll read next
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The blurb: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
And elsewhere on the blog…
Last week I made Jaffa Cake orange chocolate brownies. They were delicious!