What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I read a lot, but I don’t talk about what I’m reading very much on here, and I don’t usually do book reviews (except The White Masai, because I just couldn’t wrap my head around that crazy).

I have always been a big reader, but since I’ve been taking the subway to work for the past couple of months, I’ve had an extra hour or so of reading time every day. It’s beautiful, and I am just plowing through the books. I am usually a big fan of owning books so I can add to my collection (I am a bit of a book hoarder), but since I’m going through them so quickly I find it’s easiest for me to just download them onto my phone and read from there. It’s much more convenient than carrying a book around, and I like my iPhone’s iBooks app better than Kindle or Kobo. Plus I always have it with me, so if I’m stuck somewhere for an extra couple of minutes I can just whip out my phone and start reading. It’s working out well. I am exceptionally good at tuning out background noise when I am reading. If you try to talk to me while I am reading something I will not be paying attention to you, just a heads up.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading lately.

A Game of Thrones

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I am really late getting on the Game of Thones bandwagon. I have resisted anything to do with it for a very long time. I wanted to watch the series, but I had to read the books first, and I wasn’t sure if the books were really going to be my thing. Contrary to my love for Harry Potter, I am not the biggest fantasy fan. Game of Thrones is actually considered epic fantasy, and I’m not really sure what that genre entails, but it sounds too hardcore for me.

I read the Lord of the Rings back in high school (I had all three books in one giant edition, so my friends thought I was reading the bible), but I don’t know if I was ready for it then and I didn’t love it. I’m thinking of rereading it, but I also can’t watch a Lord of the Rings movie without falling asleep, so we’ll see.

But I keep hearing about how good Game of Thrones is. Someone is raving on about how amazing it is in my Facebook newsfeed almost daily, and I feel like I can’t go anywhere without stumbling across a reference to it. I don’t like being left out of things. I like to know what’s going on. I want to know who this person is and why he is waving that sausage:

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Soo after Evan and Brotherman assured me how great the books were, and that yeah, there were a lot of characters but it’s not as confusing as I think, I decided to give them a try.

I am currently about a third of the way through the first book (they are big!) and I am LOVING it. Seriously cannot get enough of it. I just started reading it a couple days ago and it’s hard for me to put it down. I never thought I would love it this much. Finally I see what all the hype is about. I know a third of the way into the book isn’t really enough for me to properly judge it yet, so I will have to report back when I finish. But so far it has really exceeded my expectations and I am so excited to read.

I also got caught up on my favourite mystery author Harlan Cobenย recently. I have been reading his Myron Bolitar series since high school and it is just my absolute favourite.

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I love how witty and funny he is in his writings, and who doesn’t like a good mystery? I had his last Myron Bolitar book to read (Long Lost, pictured above), and then I read three more of his stand-alone novels also.

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He is consistently good that Harlan Coben. I will always be his fan.

I also recently watched the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and when I realized it was based on a book afterwards, I got that book and read it immediately.

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Usually I think books are much better than their movie counterparts, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower was really well done and I think I loved both the book and the movie equally. I’d recommend both.

I also finally read Divergent.

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And then the sequel Insurgent.

insurgentI’m not sure why it has taken me so long to read them, but I figured I better get it done before the movie came out. I really enjoy dystopian fiction so I liked them both a lot, though I don’t think quite as much as the Hunger Games. Guess I better get to Allegiant! I didn’t even realize there was a third book until recently.

If I Stay is another book I picked up recently.

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And it was only okay. I expected it to be a lot better than it was, and I felt like I was kind of waiting for something to happen the whole time. I think the plot was good in theory, but I just expected more. At least it was a really quick read.

And then there is Gone Girl.

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I did not expect that book to be what it turned out to be at all. I had heard about this book before reading it, and everyone would say how absolutely insane the main character Amy was. In the beginning of the novel I found myself relating to her, which was disturbing because I was all “Does this mean I’m crazy?!” So I was relieved when she truly let her crazy flag fly and I discovered what everyone had been talking about. That lady is crazier than I will ever be able to be. It’s definitely not your typical mystery, and it’s definitely not a happy ending (right Cely?!), but I think that’s what I liked the most about it. I like to be shaken up a bit.

I think that pretty much covers everything. Back to Game of Thrones!

Have a great weekend!

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21 responses to “What I’ve Been Reading Lately

  1. I’m a fellow Harlan Coben fanatic — I’m behind on a couple of the Myron ones, but read “Stay Close” recently and liked it a lot. Gotta get “Six Years” now. I’ve been having the same Game of Thrones debate — I want to watch the show (so I have a clue), but I’m a hardcore “read the book first” person…

    • YES! a fellow Harlan Coben fan!!! This excites me. I also read the two in his newest Mickey Bolitar series, but I’m not sure if I like them quite as much. I think I have a legit crush on Myron.

  2. I feel like you and Dawn will love the man who wiggles that sausage. It’s definitely a shocking TV show.

    I would suggest downloading it with subtitles at least for the first few seasons since they speak different languages and some versions give you no subtitles. So you’ll just be sitting there lost while they speak a different language for a good ten minutes. It’s a sad. Plus their accents and names are not the easiest to follow!

    Do do do!

  3. How do you read on your iPhone?! You crazy, lady. I’m obsessed with my Kobo – I got it for Christmas and expected to hate it (I love holding books) but I lurve it.

    Anyways – what we need to do is get ourselves an invite to the launch party when Allegiant comes out – I am mega-obsessed. Gone Girl is also so ridiculous.

    I don’t think it’s your scene, but I’m currently devouring Revenge Wears Prada – so light and fun! Beach reads are the best.

    • I find flipping the pages weird on the Kobo. I thought I would hate reading on my phone because it would be too small, but I’m actually enjoying it.
      I do love light beach reads also, I’ll check it out!
      And if you get invited to an Allegiant launch party please let me know!!!!

  4. I am very looking forward to being the recipient of an upcoming book donation ๐Ÿ™‚ I will bring a few with me too, perhaps one will tickle your tuna. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love, love, love that you wrote a post about books! Yay. Books and food. Two of my favourite things right there.
    I really wanted to start reading/watching GOT because it sounds ridiculous but alas, too much sexy time for me.
    My Dad loves Harlan Coben, might have to borrow some of his collection…

  6. Hey! I’ve been reading all that too. That’s because you recommended it all to me. The only difference is I’m not reading Game of Thrones. I am reading the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. You should read it. It’s really cute. I love reading on my iPhone too. I just got a library card and have been reading ebooks that way. Super great. And love Harlan Coben! Thanks for the introduction.

  7. Yaaaaay I’m so happy you love Game of Thrones!! That’s not even a genre I usually get into anymore, and I can’t stop reading those damn books. Don’t read too fast though…it will probably be a billion years before he actually finishes writing them ๐Ÿ™

  8. I love Harlan Coban! And Game of Thrones – I have been watching it, not reading it. So awesome!

  9. You’ve been reading a lot! I’ll have to check some of these out!

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  11. Great selections!! I love Game of Thrones so much and Veronica Roth’s series too! I have finished both of them (Allegiant broke my heart) and hopefully you did too! Lately I have been reading this memoir of Ricky Ponting ( http://www.bookworld.com.au/book/ponting-at-the-close-of-play/42918020/ ) because I have to write an article about him but after that I am definitely going to get Gone Girl and read it ๐Ÿ™‚

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