Let’s chat about books!
I saw this tag on whimsywriter3’s blog and instantly knew I wanted to take part. Let’s just get right into it. We’re encouraged to use the tag’s banner and share lots of book covers, so let’s get started.
- What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading High-Rise by JG Ballard, because I liked the look of the recent movie adaptation but wanted to read the book first. It’s about a self-contained community that lives in a giant skyscraper filled with every possible amenity – a school, restaurants, swimming pools, etc. – which begins to degenerate into fierce rivalry between the floors due to a toxic hierarchy within the tower.
High-Rise by JG Ballard
- What’s the last book you finished?
The fifth volume of Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I’d been putting it off for ages because I didn’t like the idea of being fully caught up and having to wait for the next release but I couldn’t resist any longer.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- Favourite book you read this year?
There have been a few gems but my heart was stolen by Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry. We follow an eclectic mix of characters as their lives weave together in increasingly intricate and heart-breaking ways.
Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
- What genre have you read most this year?
That’s tough because I read very broadly. Having a quick look through my Goodreads, I’d probably say something like literary fiction.
- What genre have you read least this year?
Well I haven’t read any erotica, so does that count? If we’re talking about a genre I actually have read some of, I’d probably say high fantasy.
- What genre do you want to read more of?
I’ve been getting back into thrillers again recently, which I’ve been enjoying. I have a goal of reading more non-fiction this year, as well as more classics, though the latter is arguably more to do with an era than an actual genre.
- How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?
So far I’ve read 64 books towards a total of 100. I’m getting there!
- What’s the last book you bought?
I buy so many it’s genuinely hard to keep track of what order I picked them up, but I know I recently acquired Human Acts by Han Kang, The Widow by Fiona Barton, Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan and What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.
Human Acts, The Widow, The Sunlight Pilgrims and What is Not Yours is Not Yours
- What book are you saving up to buy next?
If we’re talking literally then The Sculptor by Scott McCloud comes to mind. It’s a pretty mammoth graphic novel that can be quite pricey, so I haven’t picked it up yet.
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
- How many books did you check out last library visit?
Truth be told, I haven’t used the library in ages. I used it lots when I was young – my gran would take me each time I went to stay with my grandparents and I would pick a couple of books to read during my visit. Sadly, it’s not the best library in the world for adult readers though, being tiny and carrying a very limited selection. Given that I read so broadly – and often seek out lesser known, obscure titles – it’s just not practical. I am a big believer in the importance of libraries though, so I wish I could use it more.
- What’s a book you can’t wait to read?
I can’t wait for the second illustrated Harry Potter to come out later in the year. Jim Kay’s interpretation of the world was incredible. As for a book I already own, I’m excited to try The Bone Clocks – my first David Mitchell. I keep putting it off because it’s so long, but that’s stupid and I hope I can push forward with it soon.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Bone Clocks
- What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?
Well, Harry Potter kind of goes without saying. Aside from that, I’d say The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness. It opens in a world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a chaotic mass known as Noise. When our protagonist stumbles upon an area of complete silence and exposes a secret that changes everything he thought he knew, he is forced to flee his home, sparking an epic, heart-wrenching and pulse-pounding adventure.
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
- Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?
Kirsty Logan. She’s written three books thus far, all of which I loved. Her work is heavily influenced by fairy tales and mythology, which is right up my street.
- A few books your heart adores?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Bird Box by Josh Malerman.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Gracekeepers, Memoirs of a Geisha and Bird Box
- What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?
I believe the Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente recently came to an end but thankfully I’ve only read two so far, so I still have a few to keep me going.
Book one in Valente’s Fairyland series
- What books are on your wish-list?
I couldn’t list them all, we’d be here all day. A few of the recent additions to my ‘to read’ list include Spectacles by Sue Perkins, Victorian Fairy Tales by Michael Newton, The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Spectacles, Victorian Fairy Tales, The Stone Gods and Between the World and Me
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