“More?” I hear you say, “she isn’t adding more to her blog?!”
Yes. I am. You see, there is a lot I don’t put in my blog, books I get, books I discard, books I don’t finish reading and many other book related sins. I was looking at my tbr shelves yesterday and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of books that grace the shelves. It’s daunting sometimes, to see how many books I have yet to read and still, I can’t stop myself from buying more. I did just have another book clear out. I know that giving books away can seem sacrilege to some book lovers, but I have found that the books I part with belong to genres I no longer read and genres I am no longer interested. I like to think that I am giving them a second chance at life by giving them away instead of letting them continue to collect dust, forgotten upon a shelf.
You will know from my previous ‘Book Haul’ post that I’ve broken my book ban yet again and got myself some more books. However, you won’t know of the Kindle books that have snuck into my library.
- Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
- The Sound of her Voice by Nathan Blackwell
- The Night Country by Melissa Albert
- She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge
- If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch
- Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
- The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
- Can You See Me? by Lynne Lee
- The Girl From the Sea by Shalini Boland
- The Penmaker’s Wife by Steve Robinson
So far this week, I’ve only discarded one book which was ‘Can You See Me?’ by Lynne Lee. This was the book I picked from Amazon First’s for January and I initially had high hopes for the book. However, I knew from the end of chapter two that I wasn’t going to enjoy the book. The main problem I encountered was that I couldn’t imagine myself in the story, the words I was reading remained words on a page and didn’t paint the picture of a story for me. I could have read on but I would have been forcing myself to read something without enjoyment. So, I decided the best course of action would be to stop reading. I am always sad when I discard a book but sometimes a book speaks to you and sometimes it doesn’t. This didn’t.
I am currently reading a book that was given to me at Christmas. The book is actually the 8th in a series I haven’t read and while I’m reading with an open mind – because the plot sounds intriguing – I am struggling to make a connection to a character who is already developed. I haven’t discarded this book yet but I am struggling with it.
Mid-week and I’ve only read one book so far, which was ‘Girls of Paper and Fire‘ by Natasha Ngan. I needed a break from reading after that book and all the emotions it made me feel.
I’m currently reading five books and listening to one audiobook.
- I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll
- The Snow Girls by Chris Mooney
- The Defence by Steve Cavanagh
- Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Audiobook – BBC Radio 4 Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis.