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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Something that cropped up quite often when I did my beginning of the year reader survey, was that a lot of you wanted to know what I had been reading. I was really surprised, to be honest! I’m a known bookworm, but I thought book reviews would bore a lot of my readers – it’s nice to know that I’ve been wrong! 

Today I thought I’d give you a summary of what I’ve read since the new year. 

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Currently Reading ||  A Carnivore’s Inquiry
I’m only half-way through this one and so far I’m enjoying it! The characters are a bit unrelatable, and the plot is a bit slow at times, but I still find myself wanting to know what is going to happen next. This book is not for the faint of heart though as it is about cannibalism. 

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
I’m a huge Austen fan and I’d heard good things about this “Pride and Prejudice” sequel. I enjoyed reading it, but mostly I think it’s because I enjoy period reads. For me, there was not nearly enough Elizabeth. In fact, there was practically no Elizabeth. Disappointing. Could Wickham be capable of murder? You’d have to read to decide.

Bride of the Innisfallen & Other Stories by Eudora Welty
I’m also a big fan of literature from the American South written by women. I adore “The Old Order” by Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty was recommended to me based on that. This was my first exposure to her writings, and I have to say that I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and I felt that she was holding the reader at arms length the entire time.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
I felt cheated by this novel. I loved it. And then 2/3rds of the way through the twist was revealed and I really didn’t get on board with it. It changed my views of an important character and I just found the rest of the book trite. Which is frustrating because I had enjoyed it so much up to that point!

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
As you read this mystery novel, you can tell as a reader that you are being manipulated. But at the same time you enjoy it. Relish it even. You might be being lied to, but most of the time it’s a darn good lie. Maybe Pessl gets  a bit carried away in the world of her own invention at one point in time, but I desperately wanted to know how this book was going to end.  Interestingly, this book has been compared to “The Secret History” which I think is a pretentious load of toss and “The Goldfinch” which is a nap and a half after the first section filled with irredeemable characters. Does “Night Film” compare? Only in that it’s a modern novel, where the writer is clearly an artistic female. 

The Quick by Lauren Owen
Okay, this is probably my own fault. I hadn’t read any reviews for this book, nor did I really read the back of the book. It looked good, and it was on sale so I grabbed it. I’m a lady who can’t say “no” to a Victorian mystery. And while the book was grounded in reality I loved it. Then bam! A plot shocker. And the book went spinning in a completely unexpected (to me since I knew nothing about it) direction.  I literally said aloud, “Where did the ******** come from?” (The asterix are to protect the surprise for future readers, not to blur out profanity.) 

The moral of the story? I read a lot of books by women. Follow along for more of my reading adventures on Goodreads.

And as one bit of housekeeping, for those of you who follow me on instagram, I’ve changed my username to rhymeandribbons. This doesn’t affect you at all, it automatically updates. But if you’re wondering who this stranger is on your feed….Surprise! It’s me! 

 

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  • What a fascinating mix!!

  • I love a good book post so yay for this! I’m completely intrigued by Belzhar and Night Film now. Think they need to be added to the TBR pile. L xx

  • I am going to have to check out Night Film now! I like reading book posts, it gives me ideas of new books to check out.

  • What a shame there’s not much Elizabeth in P.D. James novel – I’d be deeply disappointed by that!! I’m interested to read The Miniaturist, and I noticed it in your pile – have you read it yet? What did you think? xxx

    • I have read “The Miniaturist” and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t love it. I thought the descriptions of Amsterdam itself were beautiful. But Amsterdam, in some ways, was the most full-fledged character in the novel. I don’t think the rest of them were thought out quite as well, so when the plot picks up, I didn’t particularly care what happened to the individuals because I never felt connected to them in the first place. The scenery descriptions though? Ace! What about you? Have you read it? x

      • No, I haven’t read it so was curious to hear what you thought. Hmm, after your review I may consider other books on my TBR pile first!! xxx

  • As an Austen fan, have you seen the Pride and Prejudice web series? If not, you should check them out, I thought it was really well done! They are called “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6690D980D8A65D08

    • I have seen them before and I love them! Have you watched the BBC mini-series “Lost in Austen”? I recommend that as well! x

  • I need to get back into reading! I feel very guilty!

    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • I read Death Comes to Pemberley as I am a big fan of the PD James wrote mysteries and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it as I am not a devotee of Jane Austen.

    • It was a good mystery, and i find Wickham sexy, but as an Austen fan, I needed more Elizabeth. (And maybe less Darcy) x

  • Ooooh I love these posts… but then I just end up adding more and more books to my reading list. Do you ever feel that there are so many amazing books to read and not enough time? Especially if you like to do a bit of writing yourself! (Also, practically no Elizabeth??? Whaaaaa?)

    • My reading list is crazy long! And the difficulty is that when I have some spare time for reading, I usually catch up on blogs. I guess I need to be better at allocating my free time! x

  • I’ve tried to add you on Goodreads but your profile is private?

    • How odd! Other people have added me today, so I wonder if it was just a bug when you tried! (My profile is private until we connect as friends.) x

  • I’ve been making a real effort to get back into reading over the past couple of years, so some book reviews are super useful when adding to my list of books to read! I joined Goodreads last year but didn’t spend any time actually using it. Maybe I should give it another shot.

    • I’ve been using Goodreads for a few years now and I find great recommendations through it! x

  • I was doing really well with keeping up with my reading but think I over did it as now I’m finding it hard to be motivated to read! These books look great though i’m going to check them out

  • I have to say I’m curious about Belzhar and The Quick now (I love a good, unexpected twist). Off to check Good Reads for more info..

  • Hmm, I’m intrigued by the cannibals. And I think I was probably one of the people who asked for more posts on what you’ve been reading, even though we’re connected on GoodReads so I could just check there.

    • I don’t tend to leave reviews on Goodreads other than the star rating, unless I either really loved something or really hated it! I just finished “The Carnivore’s Inquiry” and I found some of the historical cases of cannibalism fascinating and spent an unhealthy amount of time on the train yesterday googling them! x

  • I love anything Pemberley! I’ll have to check it out!

  • I’m trying to read 50 books this year so I’ll have to add a few of these to my list!

  • oh, I loved this post! I really enjoy reading about what others are reading and what they think about it, it’s such fun to hear all the different points everyone can make about the same book sometimes! I had to laugh out loud at some of the bits, particularly in the review of Night Film, which I am definitely adding to my “To Read” shelf on Goodreads! Going to send you a friends request there BTW 🙂 Bookworms, unite 😉

  • I’m a sucker for a period novel and why did I not realise Death Comes to Pemberley was a book and not just a TV drama?!! Will be adding that to my reading list!

  • I love Jane Austen and I didn’t know about this book by P.D. James. It must instantly be bought and added to my to be read pile.

  • Aww I have Death Comes to Pemberley on my “to read” list. I love anything P&P related so I was looking forward to this one, but if there’s not much Elizabeth?! Bummer!! She’s my favorite! lol I will still read it anyway because I can’t stop myself tho…haha

    • Definitely read it, but yea – there’s a lot of Darcy and Wickham but very little Elizabeth! x

  • ‘The Miniaturist’ is good but I had some historical issues with some of the characters – great conception of seventeenth century Amsterdam though!
    x

    • I’ve read “The Miniaturist” and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t love it. I thought the descriptions of Amsterdam itself were beautiful. But Amsterdam, in some ways, was the most full-fledged character in the novel. I don’t think the rest of them were thought out quite as well, so when the plot picks up, I didn’t particularly care what happened to the individuals because I never felt connected to them in the first place. The scenery descriptions though? Ace!

  • I’m SO pleased you’re starting to share book reviews on the blog! I’m a bit of a bookworm too, so I’m always on the look out for new books to read. I’ll definitely be investing in a few of your recommendations! 🙂 x

  • I am still reading my Kerry Greenwood novels damn I like her

  • You’ve done well since New Year. I’ve only managed to finish one (although it was a long one – The Goldfinch, highly recommend it if you haven’t read it) and started another. I’m aiming for 20 books on Goodreads this year, which is much less than I would normally manage, but seems quite ambitious with a baby. We’ll see!

    • Babies change all things so that’s totally understandable, I think! And I have read “The Goldfinch”. What was your favourite book of last year? x

      • Life after life by KAte Atkinson was a stand out for me. Really enjoyable and quite clever. I also liked ‘When God was a rabbit’ by Sarah Winman, and ‘Revolutionary Road’ by Richard Yates

        • I loved “Life after Life” when I read it. I haven’t heard of “When God was a Rabbit” so I’ll go look it up right now! x

  • I love mystery novels! The Night Film sounds great.

  • Yes! Exactly! And it was such a weird twist too! xx

  • I love hearing what other people are reading! That’s almost always how I find my next book to read. I’m currently reading the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. I’m on the third book and I can already tell I’m going to miss these characters almost as much as the HP characters when I’m done. That’s the problem with a series, a good one anyways. I have way more time to get attached to the characters than if they’d only been written into a single book!

    • The third His Dark Materials book shattered my heart! I cried for ages! (Just a warning…) xx

  • You put me to shame! I haven’t read naything in months. I am about half way through three books at the moment haha! xx

    • I was like that for ages last summer – I just got stuck. (I think it’s because I was reading a few fairly mediocre books as well.) x

  • I haven’t read any of these! I have read The Secret History though. I’d given The Goldfinch a try first, but couldn’t deal (b/c I don’t like when the author tells me something terrible is going to happen and then takes 10 years to tell me when/what/where it happens), so I went back to her first. The characters were my favorite part of it. They were like geriatrics trapped inside the bodies of children. She did a lot of tension cutting throughout the book, though, which kind of ruined the effect of the actual train wrecks (when they were finally allowed to happen) for me. The Little Friend is interesting so far…

    • I enjoyed the bomb section of The Goldfinch but then, meh. None of the characters really had any redeemable qualities so it was a bit dull…. (to me at least!) x