What I'm Reading Now


What I'm Reading Now

A group for the book readers among us. Please post the name and author of your current book in the subject line of your post, then give us a brief synopsis. If you're also so inclined, a quickie critique would be fun as well!

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"Anyone who says they have only one life to live
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Comment by Rebecca Taft on October 19, 2017 at 13:09

Celeste, I will definitely let you know if/when I get around to reading them! You make me feel a little better about my list. ;) I'm glad I'm not the only whose list is out of control!

Stephanie, Sarah J. Maas is an author that I've been meaning to read for years! Other series/books have always managed to take precedence for whatever reason. I've heard she's really good, though, and fantasy is my favorite genre. I really need to get to them soon!

Comment by Stephanie Barringer on October 18, 2017 at 17:04

I thought about reading the All Souls trilogy.  I remember them being really long.  I try to keep my to-read number low as well.  I absolutely love every book by Sarah J. Maas.  All her books are really long, but they are so good.  She writes fantasy, and I love her books.  I'm reading one now by her.  It is so addicting that I always buy the audiobook so that I can listen in the car or doing chores around the house.  Has anyone else read her books?  I was wondering if you had read them, Celeste to see how these books compare to one of hers.  She is currently my favorite author. 

Comment by Celeste Davis-Dill on October 18, 2017 at 16:57

I would love to hear what you all think if/when you read them. I know what you mean about a long to-read list, Rebecca! I use Good Reads and my list is at 386 as of right now. 

Comment by Rebecca Taft on October 17, 2017 at 14:21

Celeste, that looks so fascinating! I'm a little scared to add it to my to-read list, though, since it is so long, and my to-read list is already over 200 books. ;) I freely admit I have a problem! But it looks so tempting! Also, it sounds like there's a really cool community that read her books.

Monnie, that expresses my feelings perfectly! The actors in the originals are those characters for me, and it almost feels like sacrilege to watch anyone else in those roles. You were braver than me, though. I haven't even been able to watch one second of it! :)

Comment by Monnie Neely on October 17, 2017 at 14:14

Celeste, I think I'm going to add those books to my reading list, too! They sound like a lot of fun.

Comment by Monnie Neely on October 17, 2017 at 14:13

Rebecca, I tried watching the new Anne series. I got about two minutes into it and had to turn it off because I just was not ready to give it a chance yet lol! The original series was just so perfect, I don't know if I will ever be able to watch the new one.

Comment by Chelsea Adams on October 17, 2017 at 13:22

Celeste, those look interesting! It's been SO long since I've sat and read a fun series like that. I'm gonna put it on my list. :) 

Comment by Celeste Davis-Dill on October 14, 2017 at 16:31

I'm rereading The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Just about finished with the second one. 

Please don't let this deter you, but they are about vampires, witches and daemons living among us. These are not horror books, or like The Twilight Saga (all of which I enjoy), but they're more historical. I can't go into detail without giving too much away, but it's originally set in Oxford and although there are a lot, and I do mean a lot, of characters, the books are centered on Dianna and Matthew. Both are of above average intelligence, and neither are human. It's taking me longer to read them this go around because I constantly find myself Googling images of real settings from the novel, as well as trying to decipher some of the old language used. 

They are quite good and as we speak (type) the television series is being filmed! I'm so excited. It's doubtful the show will be as good as the books, but my hope is that because it's not a movie, they will have more time to devote to being as accurate as possible. The author is heavily involved in the project as well, so that's a bonus. 

The first book starts in September and every year fans from all over the world do a real time reading together. A companion book is coming out soon, and there are of course Wikis, book guides and all sorts of stuff. 

These books are a few steps above mind candy (see above re Googling) but well worth the read. That said, I also love some mind candy! Having gotten a BA in English with a minor in American Studies quite a few years ago I had to read TONS of books, some more than once, and since then I've been on a steady diet of non-classics/low brow literature. It helped that I worked in bookstores and got discounts. :) 

Happy reading and happy weekend.

Comment by Rebecca Taft on September 15, 2017 at 11:28

Monnie/Chelsea, I also forgot to mention that I grew up reading Anne of Green Gables. I can't count the number of times that I've read them! Has anyone watched the new adaptations? I can't bear to because I love the original adaption so much!

Chelsea, It is hard to find a good classic! I love Jane Eyre! Wilkie Collins (The Moonstone and The Lady in White) is one of my favorite authors!I love using Goodreads to find new books to read. My to-read list is out of control!

I love using Goodreads to find new books to read. My to-read list on there is out of control!

Comment by Chelsea Adams on September 13, 2017 at 14:00

Rebecca, you are SO not alone in reading the classics! I remember getting really into them in 8th grade because my math class was really awful (kids essentially ran the class into the ground and tricked the teacher into one day of teaching, three days of "checking homework/asking questions." Which means I read for 3-4 math classes a week). Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time. I haven't read a really good one in a long while, though.

Fantasy, yess!! Love that stuff. I should have a bit more time on my hands in the near future, so I'm hoping to tackle the books. I'm a huge fangirl of the show.


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