This page is where I’ll talk about books I’m currently reading. I’ll try to update as I read, giving my impressions. I read pretty random books in terms of what era they come from, but you’ll probably notice certain patterns in genre or writing styles. If I feel inspired to do so, or if anyone expresses any interest, I might make video book reviews for my youtube channel, or write them to be posted here or on some other site.
You can click on the link to my Goodreads account on the sidebar of the blog if you want a more consistently up-to-date list, but I don’t usually review books on Goodreads.
On Deck: The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker
After hearing so many people say great things about this book, I’ve borrowed it from a friend to read. I have so far only read the beginning, which introduces the readers to the two title characters. I’m interested in the mythology behind the story, and I’m enjoying the writing style so far. I’ve managed not to learn anything about the plot, so I can enjoy it without “spoilers.”
Baudolino – Umberto Eco
This has been on my list for quite a while, since I first heard about it and thought “how interesting!” I’m still very early in. The introduction or prologue or whatever it is in this case is written in an interesting style different from the rest of the book. There have already been several instances of humor in the book just in the first few pages, so I’m looking forward to more of that, but it’s not clear how much that type of thing comes up in the rest of the book so far… basically, I think I’ll enjoy it but I haven’t read enough to say much yet.
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me
This is a collection of fairy tale retellings, done by many well-known authors, including Neil Gaiman and Joyce Carol Oates. Each story is short enough that it could almost be considered flash fiction, but long enough that you can immerse yourself in the tale’s specific world. I have read most of the book now, and it’s interesting to see how some of the fairy tales are updated to contemporary times. A lot of them are less fantasy and more magical realism/ghost stories. I suppose I should just think of them as literature.
FAVORITE: I recently read The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness and I consider it one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. The copy I read was from the library, but I need to get my own because I want to read it again and again. partway through I realized how expertly crafted the whole thing was but I was not able to renew it to read it again, unfortunately, to get the full sense of that aspect. Patrick Ness has become one of my favorite modern authors. He has a way of describing certain feelings that I didn’t think there were words for.
I also read Stardust for the first time, although it’s been around for quite a few years, and I wrote a post about it that you can see here.