This is my primary Bout of Books post which I will update throughout the week.
Thursday is filled with more audiobook as I have many chores to be done and I love listening to James Marsters’ perfect rendition of Harry Dresden! I do look forward to the weekend, when hopefully, I should be able to focus a bit more on getting some real reading done.
Today‘s challenge is a simple game of “If you liked…, try this” and since I love being a book pusher, I’m happy to participate and throw a recommendation your way!
If you liked:
If you love large-scale intrigue, power battles, battles and an enormous and extremely well-built fantasy universe, you need to give Erikson’s “Malazan Books of the Fallen” series a shot. While the first in the series is not the best in the series, it showcases the amazing universe, the intricacies of several peoples fighting an age-old battle of supremacy. With a harsh and honest, no holds-barred story (stories), Erikson, like Martin has no compunction about killing his darlings and having bad things happen to good people, but he can also write flawed and extremely lovable heroes and ambiguous villains. With completed series totaling 10 books – each averaging about 800 pages – it is not a series you will finish quickly, but I promise you won’t want to!
Tuesday/Wednesday have both not been my best reading days. I feel like I’m repeating myself, but work is crazy busy and really taking all my brain capacity with it… I’ve mostly been continuing the (still) amazing short story collection “What You Make It” and also listening to my audiobook of “Proven Guilty” by Jim Butcher. I’ve also made some headway with “Railsea” but the very unusual writing and amazingly odd world is perhaps best saved for a more active brain 😉
And now for some spine poetry! I love the silly and yet sometimes beautiful “poems” you can get out of combining the titles of your books.
For this particular challenge, it’s permissible to use 1 extra word per book to make your poem flow better and this is what I came up with:
Beyond the Deepwoods
The Darkest Road
Smoke and Mirrors
The Island of the Day Before
When You Reach Me…
Never Let Me Go
Monday was not a great reading day for me. It’s been surprisingly harder to start work again than I had anticipated and once I get home, my mind is mostly in the mood for staring into space. But I managed to start that first book from my TBR – Railsea by Chine Miéville – and read some wonderful short stories from Michael Marshall Smith – “What You Make It” – which are haunting and scary and make you think!
It’s time to read!
When the read-a-thon starts at midnight tonight, I will be in my bed, but I’m already looking forward to starting my first book on the bus ride to work on Monday morning.
As I am not very good at sticking to a very strict TBR pile, I have instead chosen a handful of books that I really, really want to read right now and will try to read within that selection. I do also have my trusty Kindle as backup and for a short story here and there when I need a change of pace.
Without further ado, I present to you, my Bout of Books TBR:
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
I’ve actually read about ½ of this book a few months back just before I found out I was leaving Barcelona for good, and loved it so much that I wanted to make it last. Now, I need to finish it and get a shot of that Barcelona magic that Zafón does like no one else.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I’ve heard so many, many good things about this and it seems to be a pretty approachable yet different read that I might enjoy despite my lack of enthusiasm for chick-lit.
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
An enormous sci-fi classic despite its small stature about a whole world contained inside a spaceship and I’m so looking forward to finally reading it!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this in the mass of YA fantasy books, but it’s stood out for a while now and I’m actually looking forward to what I hope is some classic fantasy with a strong female lead.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
So many people I respect and admire (both real-life friends and authors) have talked about how lovely and amazing this book is, and with lots of Irish mythology in the mix, I have no doubt I will love it too!
Embers by Sándor Márai
I came across this small book originally written in Hungarian about a fateful meeting between two old friends in “a forgotten castle at the foot of the Carpathian mountains” recently and wanted to read it ever since.
Railsea by China Miéville
It’s time. Now it’s really time for China and I to finally get properly acquainted after having circled each other for so long… A moletrain?? Sure, let’s go!
The Trusty Kindle
If all else fails. this beauty has at least 200 books that I really, really want to read as well, so I think either way, I’ll manage.
Finally, as I know that I will have quite a lot of time where I will not be able to read, I’ve will be listening my way through the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher read by the lovely James Marsters – my favourite comfort audiobooks – in preparation for the newest in the series “Skin Game”.