Archive for April, 2012

April 11th, 2012

» 36 Books: February & March

Sooo I’ve been bad about updating my reading list. I blame Goodreads. So handy! So many books! So much clicking! Goodreads tells me I’m 3 books behind my 2012 goal. They don’t understand that so many of the books I’ve read this year are REALLY LONG.

Anyway, stuff I read in February and March:

  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson – I Loved this one. Beautifully written, really sweet story, fantastic characters. I just wanted to put Major Pettigrew in my pocket and carry him around everywhere. This is Simonson’s first book and I very much hope she’s working on a second!
  • City of Dragons, by Robin Hobb – I have so much love for Robin Hobb. SO MUCH. I tore through this one, and am trying not to dwell on how very very long it will be until the next in the series comes out… If you’ve never read Robin Hobb, I suggest starting with the Assassin’s Apprentice trilogy. And I apologize for destroying the next little while of your life; if you are anything like me, you will need to have these books surgically removed from your hands to get anything else done.
  • A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin, read by Roy Dotrice – This is a beast of a book. It took me a while to really get into it, but I really enjoyed it. I have to fess up to tuning in and out a little bit, depending on what else was going on and what section of the story was happening — I suppose it’s inevitable with a book that has so many characters and so many plotlines, but I found some parts much more compelling than others. I also fell victim to my usual half attention to audiobooks that makes some of the characters all muddled together in my head. I think it’s not seeing their names in print? I don’t know, but there’s a whole basketful of characters that come up and I’m just kind of like Yeah, that name sounds familiar — but I couldn’t tell you what their relation is to my favorite characters, or what’s happened to them in the story. I’m always able to get the general gist from context, but it’s a known drawback to audiobooks for me. I would never have found this many hours to devote to reading the actual book, though. (The audiobook is 34 hours long. THIRTY-FOUR HOURS.)
  • Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon – This one’s a romance novel about a woman who travels back in time — the sequel to Outlander. There are times it’s easy to forget it’s a romance novel — and times when it’s a bit overwrought. Overall I enjoyed the first book in the series more. This one took me quite a while to get into (it introduces new characters in the beginning and spends a LONG time with them), and I found myself doing some eye-rolling at the overdone parts. It’s also a lot more political than I remember the first one being, which isn’t really my thing. And there was one jarring part in particular where Gabaldon moves out of the usual first-person narration to recount another character’s battle experience, which I didn’t feel was worth the change in perspective. I still plan to finish out the series — once I’ve mixed in some quicker reads…

2012 Book Count: 5
January: 1
February: 3
March: 1