Reading Round-up: Jan/Feb 2017

So, this is my attempt to tackle this huge TBR pile from the start of the new year.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown [Goodreads Progress Updates]
About: A miner on Mars harvesting an all important material to allow for the planet to be colonised, discovers that it has already been colonised by people who view his people as slaves. 

GUYS. I’m in love. What is it about finding books to love that somehow make you feel as if you’ve been deprived of good books for months when in reality my last obsession was not that long ago?? I was just going to say “it’s been so long!” But it hasn’t!

Anyway. I’m not sure how, but Pierce Brown paints setting really well.
It’s also serving as great inspiration for my own writing. Darrow is a great main character – he is really driven by his anger. There are a lot of external factors affecting his journey but whenever he makes a choice it feels completely true to his character and his motivations.

I feel like this needs a re-read just so I can get a better grasp of the action – I have a habit of skipping action and just letting it blur together in my head. It’s probably the only reason I seemed to slip out of this novel from time to time – or at least, I would if it were not the well-timed plot twists!

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
About: A hard working man visits the old, run-down inn of his memories, hoping to see a call girl he remembers, and finds that it’s been transformed into a dazzling hotel, with no mention of the old place. Suspicious. 

This was interesting, but not interesting enough to make me keep it for a little while longer before returning it to the library. It’s really curious, this book. I can’t say much happens in it, but the characters are a strange mesh and the main character a strangely interesting stream of thoughts. This book just constantly hovered on ‘okay’ for me, and somehow I’m not even sure how it got there and not lower – it’s not something I’d usually like at all. A  very solid ‘eh, not meh’.

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

A selection of five short stories, I only got around to reading one and didn’t finish the rest, unfortunately. I wasn’t pulled to pick this up again during the time I had it.

The Circle by Dave Eggers
About: A woman who is employed to a giant, bigger-than-Google progressive company who launch a number of life-changing schemes and projects…  for the better?

I had so many thoughts on this that it’s getting its own, long review! In short, opinions on it are divisive but I enjoyed the flow of this and the ideas it presented. It’s been compared to George Orwell’s 1984 but I hear 1984 is better, so that is now on my reading list.

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

About: A gambler is getting out of hand and Bond is sent to stop the guy.

This just didn’t click with me. I had picked it up last year in near-perfect condition and finally got round to reading it. There were whole pages dedicated to what Bond’s new sexy assistant looked like and just how pretty she was, and there’s a lot of downgrading of women as spies like EH. Just not for me in 2017, you know?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

About: A dog is killed, and an investigation ensues, but what Christopher discovers is probably not the answer anyone was expecting.

Also, I have to say, it’s not a mystery. It’s definitely not a mystery. I can’t say I wasn’t expecting the direction the story went in, but maybe the ending left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I am glad I have read it as it has been on my to-read list for ages, but still.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

About: A reporter goes to her old home town to write about some murders that have happened there. It means staying with her family – not good.

On the cover, it says this family is toxic and honestly, I couldn’t describe it better. This was incredibly messed up in plot and cast of characters,  but I enjoyed it still. I wouldn’t read recommend it to anyone else though,  even if they enjoyed Flynn’s famous Gone Girl. This is just so much darker and creepier. I’m gonna need to read something light to get the teeth imagery out of my head. Overall, pretty gripping and a 4.5 stars.

What have you read this month?

Until next time,

X

 

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