What I’ve Read – May to September 2012

It occurs to me that I haven’t done a books update since June. I have been reading, not a huge amount but I have been reading.

33. For the Darkness Shows the Stars – Diane Peterfreund

Oh, this was lovely and re-imagining of Persuasion. Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen book, however, this is it’s own story and I don’t have anything else to say except go and read it.

34. Persuasion – Jane Austen

After reading For the Darkness Shows the Stars, I had to re-read Persuasion. Still my favourite Austen.

35. Rot and Ruin – Jonathan Mayberry

I read this with Luc (godson number 3). He liked it but he’s a nearly 12 year old boy and this has zombies in it!

36. Starcrossed: Dreamless – Josephine Angelini

Read the first one, needed to read the second. It’s still fun and will read the third..

37. Anna Dressed in Blood –  Kendare Blake

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. I loved Cas and I’m going to read the sequel at some point.

38. Tantalize – Cynthia Leitich Smith

Hated this. It was just too obvious and the world building wasn’t strong enough. I finished it but through gritted teeth.

39. Dust and Decay – Jonathan Mayberry

Another ‘read with Luc book’, some of the writing is a bit clunky but it did provoke some interesting conversations and more zombies.

40. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

I resisted reading this for a while. I studied Tudor history and I’m not convinced that Thomas Cromwell was a good man but I got around to reading it and it is brilliant. I didn’t find the present tense narrative difficult but can see why people could. I was sad when I finished it, because even though I know what happens next, I want to see it as Mantel writes it.

41. The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan

Summer reading with Luc. It’s a romp and we enjoyed it and read the next two straight away.

42. The Throne of Fire – Rick Riordan

See above

43. The Serpent’s Shadow – Rick Riordan

See above

44. Unspoken – Sarah Rees Brennan

Funny, strange and heartbreaking. Thank you Sarah Rees Brennan..

45. Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel

I finished this last week and already mentioned how lost I feel without it. It’s going to be a long wait for three. You can see Thomas changing, he’s still himself but you can see the way that power and what he has to do is changing him. You can also see how it’s changed others. Hilary Mantel has said that she will be sad when she has to chop off his head and I feel the same way.

So what has everyone else been reading? If you’ve read something and loved it, tell me about it!


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