It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 27 November 2017

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

I think I vastly overrated how much I would actually read this weekend. I had hopes I would have finished at least one more book than I did. The best-laid plans and all. Better luck next week!


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

The Helen Dunmore novel was not so excellent. Slow, meandering, and somewhat without a plot, the only thing that kept me reading it was the descriptive passages, which are so beautiful. I thought about DNFing it at the halfway point but did not do so for fear it actually got interesting. It did not, but I have no regrets reading it. Ms. Dunmore leaves no part of living in the 1790s unexplained, so I learned more than I probably ever needed to know.

I don’t know what it says about me but I did not find William Peter Blatty’s bestseller to be all that frightening. Perhaps it is because I was listening to it in short increments of time. Perhaps it is because even though I have never seen the movie, I knew the story and how it ended. Perhaps it had something to do with the author’s voice; as narrator he makes for an excellent demon but his voice is too low and gravelly for feminine voices. I was disturbed at times, especially with what the demon forces Regan to do and say, but I was never frightened. I think I am getting jaded.

Emily Suvada’s novel is an outstanding sci-fi novel. All bits of darkness and clever science and computer science – I have no idea if any of it is accurate, and I don’t really care. The story itself is a lot of fun and kept me guessing. To be honest, I had thought of setting it down at the quarter mark because I thought I had the story completely solved. I am so glad I did not because I was totally wrong in every one of my suppositions. It is exciting and tense and just fantastic.


DID NOT FINISH:

Still going strong.


CURRENT READ:

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

I have heard this is one you want to read in one sitting. I find I am enjoying it much more by reading it in small sections at a time. It is a lovely, emotional story and I find myself wanting to savor it.


CURRENT LISTEN:

Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper

I’ve been reading a lot of dark and disturbing stuff lately. I need to lighten things up a bit.


NEXT UP:

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick


So, what are you reading?

7 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 27 November 2017
  1. Brandie
    November 27, 2017 | 6:33 AM

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Best Day Ever.

    I thought I’d get a lot more reading done, too. I managed to finish one book at least.

    • Michelle
      November 27, 2017 | 11:05 AM

      It might be a while before I get to Best Day Ever. The one I am currently reading is taking me much longer than I anticipated, some of which is my own fault because I am drawing out the story as long as I possibly can!

  2. susan
    November 29, 2017 | 6:02 PM

    Oh that Exorcist movie, a bit chilling in places. I always thought about it when I passed the infamous stairs in Georgetown (DC). But maybe you are too used to all these dark disturbing books — to be scared anymore!

    • Michelle
      December 4, 2017 | 10:49 AM

      I am curious about the movie now. I was really surprised by how much of the story I already knew. I haven’t been to DC in a while, but I do want to go visit those stairs.

  3. Jenny @ Reading the End
    November 29, 2017 | 7:38 PM

    Ooh, this is the second person this week to rave about the Emily Suvada book! I’m going to have to bump it up on my list.

    • Michelle
      December 4, 2017 | 10:51 AM

      I can see you liking it a lot. It isn’t as crazy as The Prey of Gods but it is out there. I loved it. Granted, any story that involves people blowing up as part of a virus is going to keep my interest.

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