Friday, April 15, 2011

Recent Reads

Two of the books I have finished lately:

SHIP BREAKER (Paolo Bacigalupi) – I really resisted reading this book. From the description it sounded like the kind of book that wouldn't be particularly interesting to me—one full of metal and oil and engines and rust. And to a large extent it was that. But it was also exciting and very well written. I enjoyed it despite myself.

THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN (Susan Beth Pfeffer) – I've mentioned before how much I love this series. I believe it has truly ruined me for all other post-apocalyptic books. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the series is about what happens after an asteroid knocks the moon closer to earth. I don't think this final book in the series hit me quite as hard as the other two did, but the ending was still quite a blow.

I'm also currently reading:

IF I STAY (Gayle Forman) – I'm not all that far into it yet, but it's a good story so far. I'm curious to see what direction it will go.

THE CITY & THE CITY (China Mieville) – I'm reading this one on my kindle, and my one comment on that is the absence of those helpful little dots marking each chapter—meaning I have no sense of how long the chapters are, or even the book. Anyway, the whole concept of the book is just fascinating. I'm totally caught up in the premise (which I never really understood, no matter how many times people described it to me, until I started reading it).

THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS (N.K. Jemisin) – The first few pages were hard for me to get through, but by the end of the chapter I was willing to keep reading, and after chapter two I was totally hooked. I love the fantasy world in this book, particularly the gods. The whole setup really works.

What are you reading?


  1. I have no idea how you find the time to do as much reading as you do!

    I did quite like The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Actually I like the second book even more. I'll be curious to know what you think of it when you're done reading. :-)

  2. Well, one way to get a lot of reading done is to read while exercising--totally possible on certain types of exercise machines!

    I read a little more of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms this evening. It's getting better and better.

  3. I recently picked up Ship Breaker. The first chapter was amazing, I look forward to the rest of it.

  4. Great! If you liked the first chapter I have a feeling you'll probably really like the rest.

  5. Ship Breaker was excellent! I had never heard of it before a few weeks ago, when I saw Maggie Stiefvater's review of it on goodreads pop up in my update stream. She all but fangirl squeed over it. I'm glad I read it, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, The Drowned City.

    If I Stay is also on my reading list. Glad to see you're liking it so far.

  6. I probably won't get back to If I Stay until I've finished the other two, but I'm looking forward to reading the rest of it.

  7. I think you'll love If I Stay, and of course the sequel will be out soon (thank heavens)!

    I'm really looking forward to Ship Breaker.

  8. I'd love to hear what you think of Ship Breaker!