Reading project, week ending 19 Jan 2020

What have I read this week? Late again, sorry!

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

This is a nonfiction book about the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. I found it both fascinating and horrifying. The book is very readable.

The Penmaker’s Wife by Steve Robinson

This is a historical novel about a woman named Angelicafantasy novel who fakes the death of herself and her son to get out of an intolerable situation, and the consequences that arise from that as she makes a new life for herself. I didn’t finish this, as I didn’t really like any of the characters and didn’t care what happened to them.

I Choose You by Gayle Curtis

This is a psychological thriller about a couple targeted by a killer. I didn’t finish it, or even get very far in, because I found the characters annoying and the killer ridiculous.

When I Was You by Minka Kent

This is a pyschological suspense novel about a woman named Brienne whose identity has been stolen. I quite enjoyed this, and it definitely surprised me. I’d probably read more by this author.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

This is a fantasy novel about Lazslo and Sarai, two young people who are trying to fix the problems caused by their parents. It is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer. I really enjoyed this; I like the characters, the world and the story. I would definitely read more in this series.

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Reading project, week ending 5 Jan 2020

What have I read this week? Failed already to keep these on time, sorry!

The Birth of the West by Paul Collins

This is a nonfiction book looking at the history of western Europe in the 10th century CE, which the author considers a pivotal time in the creation of the modern “West”. I didn’t finish this; I didn’t like the writing style and eventually got bored with it.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

This is a novel about post-Arthurian Britain in which a mist is causing people to lose their memories and an elderly couple is looking for their son. I enjoyed this. It was an interesting world, and I liked the characters.

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Reading project, week ending 29 Dec 2019

What have I read this week?

Inferior: The True Power of Women and the Science that Shows It by Angela Saini

This is a nonfiction book about the way in which science has been used to demonstrate that women are inferior to men and whether that’s true (spoiler alert: it’s not true). I liked this book; it’s written in an accessible and easy to follow style and I found the topic very interesting.

Why The West Rules – For Now: The Patterns of History and what they reveal about the Future by Ian Morris

This is a nonfiction book about the history of humanity and why the West gained global power. I found it interesting, although I’m not totally convinced by Morris’s conclusions.

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Reading project, week ending 22 Dec 2019

What have I read this week? Late again, sorry!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tatty

This is a novel about a boy named Theo who is in a museum when it is bombed, and the effect that that has on the rest of his life. I didn’t really like this because I found the main character quite annoying m

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Reading project, week ending 15 Dec 2019

What have I read this week? Sorry, completely forgot yesterday was Sunday!

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

This is a fantasy novel set in a country called the Palm, where half has been conquered by one wizard and half by another. It is the story of the people of the province of Tigana, the name of which has been obliterated by one of the wizards, and their attempt to reclaim their heritage. I found the story interesting, but found the book a bit too much of its time in terms of some of the attitudes expressed.

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul -Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

This is a novel about Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, set in 1870, where he uncovers a plot in Trinidad involving the deaths of several children. I quite enjoyed this, and I’ll probably read the next in the series.

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Reading project, week ending 8 Dec 2019

What have I read this week?

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

This is a science fiction novel following the story of the notorious undead general Shuos Jedao. It is the last in the Machineries of Empire trilogy, and sequel to Raven Stratagem. I liked this; it was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

Romanitas by Sophia McDougall

This is an alternate history novel where the Roman empire continued into modern times. It follows the story of two escaped slaves and the Emperor’s nephew. I enjoyed this, and might read the next in the series.

Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee

This is a collection of short stories set in the Machineries of Empire universe. Many of the stories follow characters from the trilogy. I enjoyed these; they filled out the universe in a nice way.

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

This is a collection of three short stories with illustrations. They all involve a kiss, and magic of some kind. I really enjoyed these and would definitely read more by this author.

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

This is a novel about an ex-Orthodox Jewish woman who goes back to the community she grew up in for her father’s funeral. I found it a little confusing, because there are three viewpoint characters who were differentiated in my Kindle by text size, but I still kept getting them mixed up. I found the book interesting, but I definitely felt like I was missing a layer of meaning (despite the author’s very detailed explanations of various Orthodox Jewish customs). I would definitely read more by this author, though.

Darien (Empire of Salt: Book One) by C.F. Iggulden

This is a fantasy novel about the city of Darien, and six people who become involved in defining its future. I quite enjoyed this, and would probably read the next one in the series.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This is a fantasy novel about a young man called Lazlo Strange and a young woman called Sarai, who is also a goddess. I liked it a lot. The characters are interesting and so is the world. I definitely want to read the next in the series.

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