Reading Roundup – January 30th 2015

January 30, 2015

The big news this week is that I have finally managed to track down a Kindle Voyage to purchase – yay!  It’s not available in Canada, and it’s been out of stock on for weeks.  I managed to order one from Best Buy so this weekend I will be making my yearly pilgrimage across the border to pick it up.  It does really annoy me that Amazon always delays selling it to Canada when the UK and German markets get it at the same time as the US.  Anyway, that’s my rant this week.  

I have chosen to pay extra this time and include 3G connectivity.  The main reason I’m doing this is because I read on my Kindle a lot away from home – busses, cafes, the break room at lunch – and I’m missing the fact that it doesn’t then update my reading progress.  This means that Whispersync for Voice doesn’t always update and work the way it should.  I’m hoping that the 3g always on connectivity will help with that.  Yes, I know, I could always connect to a WiFi network but I don’t always bother if I”m just having a quick 10 minute read.  I will of course review the Kindle Voyage 3G when I’ve had the chance to test it out.

Other than that, this week I’ve been reading The Diary of Anne Frank in Dutch and listening to Marissa Meyer’s Fairest – Levana’s Story. Expect a review soon.

Added to my library this week

This week two new releases downloaded to my Kindle.

One was the aforementioned Fairest – Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer.  This is a prequel to The Lunar Chronicles which I absolutely adore.  I’ve already finished Fairest, so I won’t say too much more.  I’ll save that for my full review.  I picked up Fairest in both Kindle and Audible formats.

The second book was The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon.  This is the second in Shannon’s dystopian fantasy series.  I was intrigued, but not immediately blown away by The Bone Season – see my review – but I was interested enough to want to check out book two.  I ordered The Mime Order in both Kindle and Audible formats.

I also added a couple of pre-orders:

Rogue by Julie Kagawa.  This is the second in her series about dragons masquerading as teens.  I enjoy Kagawa’s writing and found the first in the series, Talon, a fun read.  I look forward to reading the continuation.  I preordered this in Kindle format.  Rogue is available on April 28th.

The second one is Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Phantom Menace: Star Wars Part the First.  Doescher’s William Shakespeare and George Lucas mashup series was one of my top reads of 2014.   Actually it would be fairer to say it was a top listen as the series is best enjoyed in audioboook format.  I have my reservations about Phantom Menace – the base material is not nearly as strong as the original trilogy – but I am interested to hear what Doescher and the talented cast of voice actors makes of it.  UPDATE while writing this blog post I discovered that books two and three – William Shakespeare’s Alack! Of the Clones: Star Wars Part the Second and William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third respectively – are also available for preorder.  

Phantom Menace is released April 7th, Alack! of the Clones on July 7th and Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge on September 8th.

Do any of these interest you?  Let me know in the comments.

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