Thursday, July 10, 2014

Recent Reads

I think most of you know that I'm a bookworm! I thought I would share some good reads that I've enjoyed lately. I always love a good recommendation so please tell me about titles you've loved lately. Leave a comment so I can check them out!



City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

The final in this six book series (that starts with City of Bones). It was a fast paced read that introduces a lot of new characters from her new series The Dark Artifices (which is coming next year I think) but also wraps up The Mortal Instruments series nicely and gives some explanations to the ending of the The Infernal Devices series, which was completed earlier this year. If I'm completely honest, this series should have finished up at book 3 (City of Glass), but I still enjoyed it. The genre is YA paranormal fantasy with action and romance. I read a lot of this genre and Cassandra Clare is certainly one of the best writers of this type of fiction.

If you haven't read her books before, start with Clockwork Princess - The Infernal Devices series is my favourite of hers so far.

Lost On Planet China by J. Maarten Troost

I read a lot of travel narratives and I recently downloaded this one to my Kindle app, which I am using more and more. I do love turning pages of a real book but there is something so satisfying about an instant download! Do you agree? Books vs e-readers - what camp are you in? I'm on the fence right now and enjoying both formats.

But back to the book. This was a funny read and I've found there to be precious few travel books on China. There were moments where I felt the author was a bit intolerant of cultural differences but on the whole it was an interesting read and it took me to not only the big well known Chinese cities but some of the less known areas of western China. Very engaging and a real page turner - I finished it n 48 hours. If you like travel narratives give it a go.

Already Dead by Charlie Huston

Another vampire book. Yep I do enjoy the paranormal stuff and make no apologies for it. This one was a lot grittier than most. Poor old Edward Cullen would have had no chance against Joe Pitt, the main character of this book. Set in New York with political vampire factions, dark links to the paranormal underworld and lots of seedy street life, this book was a fun change of pace from the usual teen romance / vampire makes good literature that is out there. There is a whole series of the Joe Pitt books so I look forward to working my way through them.

Serena by Ron Rash

Not my usual choice but I confess I was interested to read this once I found out Jennifer Lawrence was playing the role of Serena in the upcoming film version. Set in North Carolina in the 1930s, the novel centres on newlywed couple Serena and George Pemberton. Serena is not your usual society lady and instills herself as a figure of harsh authority and fear over the logging labourers and anyone else who gets in the way of her ambitions. If you like historical fiction, American literature and period female characters that aren't the usual helpless romantic cliche, this one is for you. And you know if JLaw is on board, it's going to be good.

And right now, I'm enjoying Pretty Good Number One by Matthew Amster-Burton. It's another travel narrative about an American family who spend a month in Tokyo, and focuses upon their adventures exploring Japanese cuisine. The author tends to go off on tangents and seems amazed about everything relating to Japanese food culture, but maybe I'm spoilt by the wide range of Japanese ingredients and restaurants available in Australia. Apart from that it's still a really interesting read so far and for $4 (kindle version) on Amazon it was a great bargain!

What are you reading?

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11 comments:

  1. Two books I've enjoyed reading recently are 'The Rosie Project' and 'Jasper Jones'. They're both written by Australian authors. 'The Rosie Project' is funny and heart warming whereas 'Jasper Jones' is sad and poignant.

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  2. I LOOOOVE my Kindle!! At first I wasn't convinced (likewise due to lack of page turning) but it's so light and easy to hold compared to a regular book. I read the Rosie Project this year as well which was an easy read as was The Husband's Secret. I have a book club (more accurately dinner club) and we were so useless last year with reading the books that this year we've made it one month book, one month doco. It's been great!! Looking for some good reads for my upcoming holiday so I'll check a few of these out - thanks Ros :)

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    1. Sounds like my kind of book club! :)

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  3. I I finished the long awaited A Shiver of Light by Laurel K. Hamilton . Then sped thru the newest Kate Burkholder series The Dead Will Tell. Now enjoying the first in new trilogy The Queen of Tearling.
    I would recomend any or all 3.

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    1. I used to love Laurell K Hamilton but after about book 8-9 they got sooooo racy that I was kind of a bit bored by them. Perhaps the newer ones are a bit less about Anita's relationships and more about other stuff? Might be time to give them another go? Will check out all those thanks! x

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  4. My Promise Land might be a good read for you. I wouldn't say that it's a fast read but I've learned a lot of Israel's history with it.

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    1. Thanks Linh, I don't know much about Israel so that sounds good :)

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  5. The Rosie Project was Fun. I had this list of books to read before they appear on the big screen, so I read 'fault in our stars' which was good. Sad. Funny. View changing. 'The Goldfinch' was great! I also enjoyed 'Burial Rites' (it made me want to knit socks), oh, and at the moment I am speed reading through the Divergent series. Just cannot put it down…

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    1. Lots of votes for the Rosie Project - will have to add it to my list!! I read TFIOS last year - I sobbed. Great book though, one I'll definitely pass on to my girls when they are teenagers. I also heard awesome things about Looking For Alaska also by John Green and I'm keen to read that soon.

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  6. I would have to go with everyone else and say The Rosie Project.

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  7. I need to give Lost on Planet China another try! I got about halfway through, put it down and never picked it back up. But I loved his 2 previous books!

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