Read, Reading, To Read


So far in 2012 I have read The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore, The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth, The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams, Look At Me by Jennifer Egan, and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson.

Personally, I think 5 books in about 2 months is quite good going, but I can see on Goodreads that some people have already read 10 times as many. Whatever. It took me around 2 weeks to slog through Look At Me, which was a slow and wordy but ultimately rewarding read, and then I powered through Before I Go To Sleep in one night. I was absolutely blown away – but then it seems, from the general consensus on the interwebs, that the plot was really obvious and everyone else guessed it straight away and I therefore just stupid. Oh. Well, my inability to figure out what was going on meant that I enjoyed the book immensely and therefore I cannot complain.

As I’m getting more interested in mystery/thriller novels, I’m now reading Under The Skin by Michael Faber. Intensely creepy, incredibly fascinating and a real page-turner.

Next up I’m planning to read Room by Emma Donoghue. I’ve read some really terrible reviews of it, but it was 99p on the Kindle so I thought I’d give it a shot.

What’s your read/reading/to read?

10 thoughts on “Read, Reading, To Read

  1. I love hearing about what people are reading, especially when it’s clever, well-read and interesting people like you. Did you enjoy The Behaviour of Moths? When you posted a picture of it a while ago I looked it up and was intrigued.

    Also was Before I Go To Sleep a good read? I had a look at it on Amazon and the book snob in me was a bit wary because it was so popular ;-)

    Let me know how the Room is, I’ve got it on my Kindle. Great minds obviously think alike as I was tempted by the 99p price tag!

    I’m reading Birdsong for pleasure as well as a collection of Philip Larkin’s poems for uni, quite enjoying them both. Birdsong is just beautiful, I’ve wanted to read it for ages.

    • Thanks, that’s so sweet :) I really enjoyed The Behaviour of Moths but the ending was a bit of a disappointment. I loved the writing though and it was a book that I couldn’t bear to put down, so even though the ending was too vague I would still say it’s a good book.

      SUCH a good read! I had a similar reaction about how popular it was, but it was a great book if you’re looking for a really creepy thriller. I don’t have high hopes for Room but I will let you know – I’m such a pushover for 99p Kindle books.

      Birdsong is definitely one of my favourite books. So beautiful.

  2. I saw your 2012 Reading Challenge Widget yesterday, so I decided to join Goodreads, and I’m loving it. I also added my own widget to my blog. I recently read all the Sookie Stackhouse series, which was mindless pleasure reading. But then I also read The Bird Sisters, which was a really enjoyable, thought provoking read. I have an insane number of books I want to read, both on my book shelf at home and on goodreads. I haven’t started a new book since I finished Bird Sisters. I needed to give myself time to digest it.

  3. I think 5 books in 2 months is very good going! I’ve not read any of those books, but I have just downloaded Before I Go To Sleep because I fancy a quick read and I love jumping onto a bandwagon ;-) I never guess the endings of books – I guess I’m easily pleased!

    • It is ‘a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the English language’, according to its own blurb. I found it really interesting, I think some of it has been slightly dumbed down, but it was a really great read.

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