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A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list. Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy. I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case. If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me! I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.
Books Finished This Week: 1
Title: The Red Rose
Series Title: Submissive Beth Mysteries
Author: Fia Black
Date Added: August 8, 2016
Date Started: Unknown
Date Finished: August 23, 2016
This was a nice quick-read mystery that I highly recommend along with the first book in the series The Jade Dragon. I’ll be writing a full review of this hopefully by the end of the week.
Books Currently Reading: 4
Change from Last Week: +1
Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Date Added: August 13, 2012
Date Started: Unknown
I finally finished the chapter on Malkuth, and I’m about to start the one on the Qliphoth or Unholy Sephiroth (emanations from the left hand of God). After that the format of the book changes to be more instruction like for practical workings so I’m not sure how much of that I’m going to read. We’ll see when we get there.
Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016
I read two and a half chapters in one setting this week instead of my customary one. This compendium continues to delight. Ms. Walton has a wonderful way with language.
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Series Title: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Date Added: May 11, 2016
Date Started: August 24, 2016
I added this book on the May 11, 2016 State of the Reader post. The instant I picked this volume up in the bookstore a tingle ran through my bones. I knew it was going to be extraordinary, and I have not been disappointed. It grips you from even the prologue, which is amazing since prologues are considered out of vogue these days and Ransom Riggs is a new writer, (or rather this is his first published book) so I know the story is fantastic since newbies are usually castigated for making that faux pas (I removed the prologue from my original WIP for that very reason).
This is a mystery that involves a murder, but the murder is only the start.
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: August 23, 2016
I added this book on the June 16, 2016 State of the Reader post. Like the first story I read by this author, Spectrum (reviewed here), Sigil immediately grips you. Each chapter so far hangs you on a cliff and you have to see what happens next. Murder-mystery in a sleepy (Irish) town is certainly something that’s been often done, but the unconventional priest detective puts me in the mind of another unconventional murder-mystery 3 Gates to the Dead by Jonathon Ryan (which I’ve reviewed here). The author himself is from Northern Ireland so there’s a powerful and authentic voice behind every word.
If you didn’t notice I’m currently reading four books instead of my customary three. I noticed I was getting a bit of reading done on my Kindle right before bed with The Red Rose. I’d already decided I was going to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children next, and realized that since Kindle reading (on my phone at least) doesn’t require a light, I could snatch some pages up before going to sleep. I used to read from my Kindle prior to jazzercise (back when I was able to go ;_;) and have noticed I can even get some chapters read at work during lunch. I’m always trying to get as many finished read as possible especially considering I’ve over 500 on my TBR list. Since I managed to read 10% in only about a day, I think this plan has merit.
Therefore I’ll now be doubling up on my fantasy/general fiction reading since I can have both a physical book and a kindle copy going concurrently.