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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
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Thank you to Kelsey over at Darcy’s Book Blog for recommending all Fredrik Backman’s books! If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you may know I’m a fan of books which give anyone over 50 the chance to be a proper protagonist and A Man Called Ove certainly does that.
The blurb: Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
2. The last books I read
High-Rise by J. G. Ballard
As weird as I had expected. Now I can’t wait to see the film because I’m fascinated to see how they managed to adapt such an odd and disturbing book! (lots of “no animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture” disclaimers, I imagine). Here’s my full review.
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.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This is a very well-written fantasy tale. If you usually avoid fantasy because you view it all as too far-fetched, you might want to give this one a try. I’m trying to avoid terrible title-related puns, but it is true to say that this story is grounded in old Polish and Russian folktales, giving it a relatable earthy quality. And if you enjoy fantasy, it’s definitely worth checking out. Here’s my full review.
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.
3. What I’ll read next
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
OK, I have to level with you: I’ve already read this book. I was delighted to get an e-ARC through NetGalley back in July and read it pretty much as soon as I got my hands on it. But I wanted to hold back my review until nearer publication and I’ll be posting it next Monday when I’d usually post the review of whatever I’m honestly reading next. So I’m putting this here today because otherwise my WWW posts will start to get out sink with my reviews and my poor tired brain just can’t cope with that level of confusion!
The blurb: Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
And elsewhere on the blog…
Last week I made chocolate peanut butter squares. So easy to make. No baking required!