What I’m Reading Right Now

I’m currently reading – well, only technically – five books – five! The most I’ve ever read at once is 4….which I suppose, if you discount the audiobook I’m listening to, is the number I’m reading right now. Right-ho, let’s get into it :). Note: book synopses included are taken from Goodreads and, all but that of The Iliad have been shortened.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid – at a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter… ~ I’m reading this for one of my university modules and am about 4, maybe 5 chapters in…not sure what I make of it yet though.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – when Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. ~ I’m buddy-reading this one with the lovely Lisa over at lisas_books_gems_and_tarot – at least the last time I checked, I’m way behind due to uni readings and assignments, so she may have finished already haha. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far though, there’s definitely a great atmosphere within it, and there’s already been a lot of action which is good; I haven’t had to read too many pages, into for it to start. I’m liking Ruby’s character so far, but I’m not sure about the two boys she’s met. If I enjoy it enough I might read the film adaptation (if you have seen this what did you think?)

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well ~ again, this is a book I’m buddy reading, this time with the gorgeous angel-voiced Emily from emilydavinablog; I think we’re both a bit behind, though Emily is definitely further into it than I am so I’m taking most of today and then tomorrow to catch up on my reading. I’m enjoying to so far, and can definitely feel the tension building from what I’ve read so far – and I feel for Lucien as well as Feyre.

The Iliad by Homer, Robert Fitzgerald (translator), narrated by Dan Stevens – since it was first published more than forty years ago, Robert Fitzgerald’s prizewinning translation of Homer’s battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. This definitive translation of Homer’s epic is timeless in its authority and always fresh in its vivid rendering of the preeminent war story of the Western world. In keeping with the oral tradition of the time, Dan Stevens’s extraordinary narration makes this epic tale come alive. The listener becomes totally immersed in the adventure and drama of the story – this is the way The Iliad was meant to be experienced. Also included on the program is a portion of the poem read in ancient Greek so that listeners may experience the lyricism and music of the original language ~ I find Stevens an extraordinary actor, and have loved what I have seen of his work (Downton Abbey, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and Beauty and the Beast), and have been wanting to read Homer’s Iliad for some time. So when I when I spotted the title on Audible and saw it was narrated by Stevens I had to pick it up with my October credit. I’ve not listened to much of it – maybe 15, 20 minutes in? But Stevens does it so well and I’m enjoying the audiobook a lot already.

The Chimera Code by Wayne Santos (Netgalley arc),paperback, publishing November 2020 – Neuromancer for a non-binary age: an action-packed techno-thriller with a side of magical realism. Everything’s for hire – even magic. If you need something done, they’re the best: a tough, resourceful mage, a lab-created genderless hacker and a cyborg with a big gun. But when they’re hired by a virtual construct to destroy the other copies of himself, and the down payment is a new magical skill, Cloke knows this job is going to be a league harder than anything they’ve ever done ~ I’ve not read much of this one – less than the previous title – so I can’t really say much on my thoughts about this one, though I do like that we’re thrown right into the action at the start of the novel.

And that is what I’m reading right now -have you read any of these, and what did you think?

I’ll post another “What I’m Reading Right Now” in a couple of weeks to update you on what I’m reading :).

You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.

Until the next time!

Kath xoxo

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