It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 10 December 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” 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. Here is what I read the week ending 10 December 2018. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!
 

Thank goodness for quick books that are nothing but pure entertainment. They helped me get through a rather hellish work week. The books I read were exactly what I needed. I hope the streak continues!


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Fire and Heist Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This is an eclectic mix of books, even for me. One heck of a murder mystery, a fantasy novel involving were-dragons, and a futuristic novel contemplating the ethics of body modifications and exploring the lengths to which people may go with CRISPR. Each of them are so very different, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading them. 

I think Fire & Heist is so charming. It is not going to win any awards, and the basic story itself is familiar. Still, I fell in love with Sky Hawkins and enjoyed every minute I had with her. This is book candy at its finest.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is not nearly as entertaining, but boy does it make you think. As long as humans have been tinkering with the human body, there has always been a concern that we will cross an invisible ethical boundary and take such tinkering too far. Ms. Dayton uses that concern to hypothesize just what that tinkering will look like, and it is not for the faint of heart. In fact, her future is downright scary. Her vision will haunt me for a long time to come, which I believe is her point. After all, if we don’t start thinking of these things now, our chance to make a difference and create clear ethical boundaries will disappear.


DID NOT FINISH:

All good here.


CURRENT READ:

The Mansion


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Life

I will be passing the weeks until the US premiere of the television show continuing to immerse myself in the world of All Souls and enjoying every minute I do.


NEXT UP:

Whatever I want, although I am leaning towards the new John Boyne novel.


So, what are you reading?

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