What I've been reading lately - Winter 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
Who else has been hibernating inside due to the cold dreary winter weather? At least it has given me a chance to read some of the awesome books that I was gifted for Christmas as well as get a jump start on my Goodreads goal (25 books for 2016).
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch: My rating: 5/5. Another enjoyable mystery from Aaranovitch. This story was fast-paced and exciting. As usual, I learned a lot about British slang and enjoyed the pop culture references. I'm looking forward to the next book.
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman: My rating: 4/5. This was an enjoyable, quick read. I'm still a bit unsure/curious about some of the characters (Bradamant and Kai mainly). I'll have to read any sequels to find out more. I found the ending to be a bit confusing (the part with Irene and Coppelia (spelling?) talking in the hospital) and the whole book ended too quickly. Also, what happens to Bradamant at the end? I was left with many questions, some of which were answered in the second book of the series.
The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman: My rating: 3.5/5. I enjoyed this book and really like the author's writing style. The story was packed full of action and included all of the enjoyable characters from the last story. The book left off at a seriously cliff-hanger. Clearly the author is planning a 3rd novel. I'm looking forward to it!
Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: My rating: 3/5. This book was a quick and interesting read. I enjoyed the historical references and genetic studies that were presented, but in certain spots felt as though I was reading an adult version of Twilight. Towards the end of the book everything from time travel to the main character being the most. powerful. witch. ever. got to be a bit too much.
Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart: My rating: 5/5. This book was written by one of my friends who I used to spend a ton of time with (at the Korean spa) in Lijiang, China. I really enjoyed this historical mystery (and not just because I know the author). Hart perfectly described the scenery of Lijiang (then called Dayan) and transported the reader to both the time and the place. The intricacies of guan xi and familial relationships were made clear and the characters were entertaining. I especially like the traveling story teller, Hamza, and hope to learn more about him in possible future novels by Hart.
I'm currently reading Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.
What have you been reading lately? What should I read next?