I read a lot of books; ever since learning to read at a very young age I’ve always found a lot of pleasure in a good book. These days due to my commute involving around 40 minutes on trains I tend to read on the way to and from work, or more recently, in the park at lunchtime. It’s such a good way to escape from the stresses of the day.
A few Christmases ago my lovely husband gave me a Kindle e-book reader and to be honest, it has changed my reading habits quite a lot. Where in the past I would make do with picking up random books in charity shops for 20p each and the odd bestseller in WH Smith’s, generally Kindle books are a bit cheaper than bookstore books, and sometimes not a whole lot more than 20p – plus obviously so much easier to carry in your handbag! Plus it means I can find a new book on the go, wherever I am. The ability to sync between your physical Kindle and the iOS and Android apps is an absolute revelation – I love being able to swap between devices depending on battery life, screen size and so on.
That being said, I still love the sensation of reading a real book. The weight of it in your hand, the presence on your bookshelf. E-books will never rival that in my opinion, no matter how practical they may be!
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading recently, in no particular order:
I absolutely loved these books. Yes, they are technically written for teenagers. Yes, you could just go watch the film (which I haven’t seen, by the way) – but the books are epic. Much better than the oft-compared Hunger Games trilogy and nothing at all like Twilight in my opinion. This is the story of Beatrice (“Tris”) Prior, who lives in a dystopian society where the population has been divided into factions based on their natural personality traits. There’s drama, action, intrigue… and a bit of a love story of course – but Tris is smart, capable, brave and isn’t defined by who she loves, but by her love itself. Excellent reading.
The Taylor Jackson Series – 7 books (yes, 7!): by J.T. Ellison
The books in this series are, in order: All The Pretty Girls; 14; Judas Kiss; The Cold Room; The Immortals; So Close the Hand of Death; and Where All The Dead Lie. I’m not sure how to even begin to tell you how highly I rate these books and their author. To be honest, I tend to mostly read crime books, and these are some of the best I’ve read in a long time. The series focuses on Taylor Jackson, a Lieutenant in Nashville Homicide, and her boyfriend John Baldwin, a profiler with the FBI. It is best to read them in order as there is quite a bit of back-story – particularly the final few as one of the storylines comes to a head. There’s a secondary series focusing on one of the other characters (Samantha Owens, the medical examiner), which I’m looking forward to starting soon.
A Dance With Dragons, book 5 from the Song of Ice and Fire series (‘Game of Thrones’) by George R. R. Martin
Despite the Game of Thrones TV series currently working its way steadily through the Song of Ice and Fire series, I decided to start reading them. I’ve now finished all 5 volumes (sometimes split into 7 or 8 seperate books) and can’t wait for the next one… unfortunately I will have to, as it’s not due for release for another year! George R. R. Martin is an unbelievable storyteller; the setting and personalities are so well described that its not really surprising that the books lend themselves to the screen so well. In fact the TV series does follow the storylines relatively closely, but the books enrich the world of Westeros even more than the TV series ever could. Plus there’s the added bonus (in the real-life book versions, at least) of the Appendix at the back, with family trees and such should you get your Tyrion mixed up with your Theon! I won’t spoil it for you – but I will say that some of your most loved characters have some great storylines coming up!
Have you read any of these books? Which will you be adding to your reading list?