I had intended to write either a really funny or a really thought-provoking discussion post today but to be honest my mind doesn’t want to play so instead I’ll do another reading round-up post and hopefully get some good recomendations from all you lovely people! 🙂
What I’ve read
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This is another one I probably would never have read if I hadn’t heard so much about it on the blogs and it’s another one where I am very glad that I did! It tells of genetics professor, Don Tillman and Rosie. Don is a very Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory type of character and despite giving a lecture on Asperger’s doesn’t realise that he actually has it. He sets up a Wife Project where he hopes, through the use of a VERY detailed questionnaire, that he will be able to find himself a life companion. Enter Rosie. Rosie is disorganised, messed-up emotionally and in short doesn’t meet any of the criteria. Don doesn’t exactly match her ideal man criteria either. Instead, her priority is to find her biological dad and when Don offers to help, The Rosie Project begins. I didn’t love this just as much as Fangirl but it was a lovely, quirky story with characters that you couldn’t help rooting for. It was a really interesting insight into how someone with Asperger’s views the world as well and I thought Graeme Simsion handled Don’s Asperger’s with great sensitivity.
What I’m reading
Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Set in WW2, it tells of two girls working as part of the war effort (one is actually a pilot) who are shot down over Germany. One girl is soon captured by the Gestapo and the other has managed to escape. The first part of the story is told from the captured girl’s perspective who after being tortured has agreed to write a ‘confession’ for the Germans. At this point it’s not clear what happened to her friend. Other than The Book Thief which isn’t exactly a typical war book, this is a genre that I never read but one of my resolutions is to read more widely and blog recommendations have been working so well for me lately that after hearing rave reviews of this, I decided to give it a try. I’m only about 60 pages in so I can’t say too much about this one yet but I think it’s really interesting to read a war story from the perspective of women involved in the war effort rather than just waiting at home for their beloved who’s probably missing, presumed dead. I’m looking forward to reading more of this one although I hear I’ll definitely be needing some tissues?
Still to read
- Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino – This was my ‘mystery’ book that I mentioned in my last Reading Round-Up. It tells the story of four strangers in Paris, each with their own quest and each quest will intertwine as the novel progresses. I love stories set in Paris and I love reading stories which start out separate but then all come together!
- Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt – This short book is the re-telling of Norse legend through the eyes of a small child evacuated to the countryside during WW2. I’ve heard that, although it’s a short one, it packs a punch so I’m waiting till I’m in the right frame of mind before tackling this one.
- Touch of Power by Maria V. Synder – I’ve been wanting to try one of Maria’s series for a while now and have taken the plunge with this one. A fantasy set in the magical land of Kazan which has been ravaged by a mysterious plague for years. Avry, a woman with the power to heal, has been imprisoned for her abilities but men break into her cell one night and demand she use her powers to save their Prince. The man who unleashed the plague in the first place.
- Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley – Lyn is a literary agent (troubled, of course!) who is spending Christmas with one of her writers. There she meets Elen who is convinced that Lynn is there to save her young son. As if this wasn’t troubling enough, Lynn is also having disturbing dreams of legends, prophecies and a child destined for greatness. And there is obviously a brooding neighbour to help her figure it all out. Prophecies, destiny and brooding (and no doubt hunky!) neighbours?? Need I say more? 😉
- The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe – I am determined to read more classics this year and will be starting with this one. To be honest I first became aware of it when it was mentioned in Emma but I enjoyed The Mysteries of Udolpho after reading about it in Northanger Abbey so I thought, ‘Why not?’ People seeking refuge in a gothic abbey, sinister relics and a libidinous Marquis – this sounds like my kind of classic! 🙂
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain – Another classic to tick off the list this has American mechanic Hank being knocked unconscious and waking up in Camelot. I’ve always loved stories where people are transported back to the past plus, if I’m honest, it was on sale! 🙂
- Let Me Off at the Top by Ron Burgundy – The biography of Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy. What fan of Anchorman wouldn’t want to read this??
What about you? What are you reading?
How out of control is your TBR?