Monday, December 14, 2009

Books to tide me over!

It's been a slow reading month so far. Nearly half way through December and only two books read! Despite having almost no time to read and having some books already checked out, I still need variety, so first thing this morning, I headed off to the library. This is what I picked up.

1. Shrimp by Rachel Cohn - I don't really like the cover of this one, and I'm not entirely sure why I picked this one up, but I did. There we go.

2. Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman - This title was displayed on the recommended shelf. It looks kind of pretty so I thought I'd give it a chance!

3. Prom Nights From Hell by Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer etc - I figured I'd need quick and light things to read over Christmas. This sounds just right.

Next, we have:

4. What I Was by Meg Rosoff - Another Meg Rosoff for me. I think I started this before but it wasn't the right timing. Hopefully it will be this time!

5. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min - This book was at the front of the library on display. I'm not sure I've heard anything about it, pure impulse borrowing!

6. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - More with the short stories. I generally don't like short stories at all, but I've been finding that as I get older and my concentration levels decrease, I'm enjoying short stories more and more...

Here are the books that scare me and are really not my normal thing:

7. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. - I had no idea what this was about. But the title is familiar. I thought, why not?

8. Mort by Terry Pratchett - Having Joined the Pratchett reading challenge, I'm really pushing myself to read something of his. The books about Death were recommended, so I picked this one up, which I hope is the right place to start?

9. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett - here's another Terry Pratchett. This time, a YA novel. I think I tried this once before, but I think when I tried it, my mind-set was 'I'll hate this, I'm not sure why I'm bothering' and now I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

10. Dune by Frank Herbert - why did I pick this one up? I was in the sci-fi/fantasy section, this one caught my eye and without thinking I put it in my bag. I'm really surprising myself here. We'll see how it goes.

And no trip to the library would be complete without a trip to the charity shops. Today I picked up Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka and The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney.

I really hope that these books will keep me busy throughout the Christmas period! What will you be reading?


  1. I have had a slow reading month too, I think it is just this time of year as there is too much to do. I have the last two books you picked up from the charity shop too.

    I am expecting lots of books in my Christmas stocking this year, as I asked for loads, so they should tide me over.

  2. I need variety too-that's why I always have a ton of library books out. I need options! :) I LOVE Adichie, but I loved her novels more than her short was neat to see her grow as an author, though! I need to start picking up some Pratchett books for the challenge too. I'll probably wait until the new year, though.

  3. I've been thinking about joining the Pratchett challenge. It looks like you found a bunch of good reads so I'll be waiting to hear your thoughts on some of these.

  4. Ooh I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of What I Was!

    Left you an award on my blog, have a very merry christmas ;)

  5. Empress Orchid is a very good book. Normally I read Fantasy, not Historical Fiction, but it definitely left me wanting more!


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