So many books… so little time

August 15, 2012

It always seems to happen this way. I’d placed holds on three library e-books and all three became available within a few days of each other!

On my reading list I now have:

Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort by J.K. Rowling. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in French). For some reason it really amuses me to see how the Potter-specific terms were translated into French; “Muggle” becomes “Moldu”, “Squib” becomes “Cracmol” and “Crumple-Horned Snorkack” becomes “Ronflak Cornu.” However, Quidditch remains Quidditch.

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen. I think this was a recommendation I picked up from GoodReads. I don’t know much about it, other than that it’s a well written memoir by a Pulitzer prize winning author but it seemed an interesting read. It was free to borrow from the library, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Rapture by Kate Lauren. This is the fourth and final part of Lauren’s Young Adult fantasy series about angels and demons. It’s not the best series in the world, and probably not one I’ll invest in to buy, but again, I don’t mind borrowing it from the library to see how it ends.

Other than library books I have several other books I’m planning to read:

Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson. Tor/McMillan has been kind enough to agree to send me a review copy of this book, which I’m expecting in the mail shortly. This sounds an interesting premise, so I’m grateful to the publisher for giving me the chance to review it for you all.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I picked this up from a Twitter recommendation by one of my favourite YA authors, Rick Riordan. I’ve not finished it yet because my library holds became available. To be honest, although the idea behind the story seems interesting (a world without women, where everyone can hear your thoughts!) it’s not grabbed me as much as I thought it would. That being said, I suspect that is more due to personal taste rather than any defect in the book itself.

No Place on Earth by Christa Wolf. I have just placed my order with Chapters for this book. I’m planning to read it as the first book in my attempt on The Guardian’s Most Difficult Books challenge. Although this is not on the list, this is my own personal Everest; having fought tooth and nail with the darned thing at university I’m determined to read it again.

Le Journal d’Onyx: Chevaliers d’Emeraude Book 6 by Anne Robillard. This is the continuation of Mme Robillard’s epic fantasy saga and the only reason I’ve not read this already is because I’m savouring the pleasure of waiting. I’m also impatiently waiting for Wellan Inc to release the second book in Robillard’s contemporary fantasy series A.N.G.E. in e-book format; I adored the first one, and Robillard has easily become one of my favourite authors. Expect a full blog post on her work at some point.

La Croix de Lucifer Book I by Dany Desjean. While travelling on the métro this morning I came across a poster advertising this new series which seemed to be in a similar vein to Robillard’s A.N.G.E. series so I think I’ll check it out while waiting.

Speaking of Quebecois literature, I found an excellent site to purchase ebooks: It seems to be really fast on the ball when it comes to new releases. I’ve found Robillard’s books there weeks before Archambault or any other site. I’m certainly glad I held onto my Kobo as well as my Kindle, as Amazon really doesn’t do French language books well in Canada, and the Kobo allows me to read the books from the library and these other resources.

Next month I have two pre-orders which will download to my Kindle. The first is The Blinding Knife, the second book in Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. I enjoyed the first one and he left it on a real cliffhanger, so I’m keen to see where it goes. The second pre-order is for the new adult novel by J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy. I’m keen to know if Rowling’s light, easy style and storytelling ability will translate to adult literature. Mind you, I think I’ve seen more adults than children reading Harry Potter!

I have eight days off work just now, so we’ll see how far I get through this list. Sigh I could get through it so much more quickly if life (and my Wicked obsession) didn’t get in the way…

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