Reading inbox-outbox: Week of 19 January

This has been another crazy week and weekend. Outside of work, which always keeps me busy, I’m well into my first month of the brief, but intense, short course yards competitive swimming season. I’ve stepped up my training, which means I’ve been needing more sleep. So, early bed-times and bus naps have been cutting into my reading time. But, I did manage to finish at least one book this week… and it was a good one!

Inbox (books acquired)

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt (Kindle) — This one has been on my list for a while and it went on sale this week. I’m even more interested in reading this now that I’ve read (and enjoyed) The Goldfinch. But it will have to wait for a while…
  • Geography Lesson: Stories of Finding the Way by Gail Seneca (paperback, signed) — This is written by a woman in my writing critique group. I went with the rest of my critique group to her reading at Book Passage this weekend. I’m excited to read this, and her novel which should be coming out later this year!
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (Kindle) — I just saw this one on sale today and grabbed a copy. This was on Powell’s list of 25 books to read before you die, and is also on my diverse authors reading project list. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while.

Outbox (books finished)

  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (Kindle) — This is the third (and final) book in this series, and I read the second book back in November 2012. So, it’s been a while, and I had to jog my memory about where that second book left off. This series has been a mostly romance of star-crossed lovers from different fantasy creature “families” that are fighting to change their world so that they can be together. This book got off to a rocky start for me because it seemed like Ms. Taylor was throwing in a third party to create a trope-like love triangle. But that turned out to be something that was dealt with quickly, and then things really started to get interesting and the plot picked up pace and kept me frantically turning pages trying to find out what was going happen next. Overall, I *really* enjoyed this book. I think this was an extremely satisfying ending to the series and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Taylor does next!

Queue (what I’m reading next)

  • I am almost done with The Bone Clocks, I swear. It’s frustrating me that I can’t find time and a quiet place to just finish the last section of this book. This week, as I’ve been switching back and forth between my commute book (Dreams of Gods and Monsters) and my home book (Bone Clocks) I’ve been really enjoying the parallels between the underlying wars in each book…
  • I started Afterworlds on the bus this week. Based on the first few chapters, I think this book is going to be, at least for writers who aspire to traditionally publish, what Fangirl is for fan-fiction writers. So far, I’m enjoying it immensely…

So much more work to do…. better get back to it… Happy reading!

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