What I’ve Read – October 2015

Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court – Lucy Worsley (TBR pile)

This was a birthday present from Jo about two years ago and it’s shocking that it’s take me so long to get around to reading it. My knowledge of the early Georgians is sadly lacking and this book did confirm my belief that none of the George’s were very nice. Worsley is far more sympathetic to them than I think I would be able to manage! It was nice to learn more about George II’s reluctant mistress, Henrietta Howard and read about her eventual escape to Marble Hill House, which is quite near me and I’ve been there!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t think it’s going to provoke me into an early Georgian reading frenzy, but it was interesting and I really enjoyed it.

Rock Redemption – Nalini Singh (bought)

More book crack. I didn’t like this as much as the others, I think I just struggled more to get into the story and the characters. I was irritated by them and their silly decisions and the stalker part of the story felt off. Still read it in a day, will still read the next one though!

A Single Kiss – Grace Burrowes (library ebook)

The First Kiss – Grace Burrowes  (library ebook)

Kiss Me Hello – Grace Burrowes   (library ebook)

Grace Burrowes contemporaries which is a departure. Again I read the hell out of them but I didn’t enjoy it as much as her historicals.

Half a King – Joe Abercrombie  (library ebook)

First time I’ve read anything by Joe Abercrombie and I believe this is aimed at a YA audience. I really enjoyed this and promptly put a hold on the next two. At first, I couldn’t work out if this was pretend Vikings or future dystopia and I liked that I couldn’t tell. The world building is strong and I like the hints that horrible things happened in the far distant past (the breaking of God). Yarvi narrates this and I liked him, he wasn’t a hero at all and you can see that the things that saved him in this book are the things that may doom him in the next two. I finished this and went straight into book two.

Half a World – Joe Abercrombie  (library ebook)

Where we see Yarvi from other people’s POV. This book is about Thorn and Brand. The book reads like a saga, lots of life lessons in it. I read this straight through, came to understand Thorn better and again that ‘happy endings’ are not necessarily happy…

The Cinderella Deal – Jennifer Crusie (library ebook)

Quick afternoon read, I didn’t buy it as a story but it hit the spot when I was suffering with cold and didn’t want to think to hard.

The Martian – Andy Weir (library book)

This came recommended by a couple of people and the film came out this month. I wasn’t sure if I’d understand it, it is very technical but strangely readable. I was interested all the way through and it was tense in places, if it was possible to read with my fingers over my eyes, that’s what I would have been doing. I really, really enjoyed it.

Born to Endless Night – Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (borrowed)

Wool – Hugh Howey (library e-book)

Shift – Hugh Howey (library e-book)

I’m going to take these two together, I really enjoyed Wool, but struggled with Shift. I loved the way Howey creates the world with language. People living in underground silos, see ruined skyscrapers and call them ‘tall silos’. It’s beautiful, showing the lack, the way this culture thinks through it’s language. I will read the next one, Dust but I may need a break as they are pretty depressing. Shift explained the world of Wool but it was harder to get into and understand, it felt more disjointed.

A Kiss for Luck – Grace Burrowes (Kindle TBR list)

A novella and palate cleanser after Wool and Shift. It has all of the charm and all the frustration of a Grace Burrowes book but a great two hour change of pace.






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