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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
Spectacles, a memoir by Sue Perkins
My second non-fiction book of 2016! I finish this and I’ve read my minimum of 2 non-fiction books per year! 🙂 I’m not sure the non-Brits among you will have much of an idea of who Sue Perkins is… but this is her first book and memoir. And it’s very good.
The blurb: “This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as ‘Is Mary Berry real?’, ‘Is it true you wear a surgical truss?’ and ‘Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?’
Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me. Thank you for reading.”
2. The last books I read
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
This was ok. Not bad, not brilliant – just ok. It’s probably my least favourite of the series, tied with Book 3. However, I hold out a lot of hope for book 6 because I’ve always enjoyed the even-numbered installments more. Plus it’s hinted at that Aelin might be out of the spotlight for a while… which could give all the great secondary characters more time to shine. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: no blurb so as not to spoil any of the previous installments of the series. If you’re really interested in knowing more about the series, you can check out my review of Book 1, Throne of Glass.
Holding by Graham Norton
I really enjoyed this. It wasn’t quite as funny as I’d been expecting, but it was more than amusing and moving enough to make up for lack of laughs. A great first novel. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Graham Norton’s masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.
The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste.
So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.
3. What I’ll read next
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
The blurb: In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever.
A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein reveals a complicated partnership that is as fascinating as it is troubling.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
And elsewhere on the blog…
I finally made bread! Only after saying I would for nine months… Oh well, better late than never!