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 CogmanMy 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 I enjoyed the historical references and genetic studies that were presented, but in certain spots felt as though I was reading an adult version of Twilight.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?


  1. Hi Elizabeth! I came across your blog while searching information about Vilnius. I am in a very different part of the world now (New Caledonia, South Pacific) and it's a hot summer (and I'm 7 month pregnant). So even if I don't feel like hibernating, I do feel like investing my sofa and staying in the shade with a good book. I have enjoyed a few fun and light books recently including The Rosie Project as well as some from the Young Adult section (such as "Looking for Alaska" by John Green, not very light actually but still very entertaining). I have also read the Book Thief and liked it a lot, although the topic (World War Two in Germany) is really dark, it is really well written and the characters are endearing.

    1. HI! Thanks for commenting and sharing books! Actually, the Book Thief is sitting on my bookshelf now and I plan to read it soon. It sounds really interesting, so I'm glad that you gave it a positive recommendation! I'll need to check out the other books you've mentioned, as I've not heard of them.

      I was also pregnant over the summer, so I completely understand wanting to lounge and stay out of the sun. I spent the summer alternating between laying in the ocean and lounging in the shade reading :)

      Will you be visiting Vilnius in the near future? If you need any tips do let me know :)

  2. I'm mostly reading Agatha Raisin books these days - it is quite an addicting series and I just love the Cotswolds :) But I think I need some change of "scenery" so thanks for the recs, Foxglove Summer sounds right up my alley.

    1. Thanks for sharing! I'll look up Agatha Raisin, I've never heard of her. I'm always looking for new authors to find and enjoy!