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The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
1. What I’m reading at the moment
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The short blurb (for more, click on the book cover image to go to Goodreads): An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
2. The last books I read
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine, illustrations by Julia Sarda
Read my full review here. This is a fun, light mystery. A potent mixture of Nancy Drew, The Famous Five and Sherlock Holmes tales, all set at the start of the twentieth century in a sumptuous London department store. Ideal if you need something light and enjoyable to read after a heavy-going or traumatic book.
The blurb (their caps): You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!
Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villains to justice…
The Martian by Andy Weir
You can read my full review here. Make sure you have time to finish this book in one go before you start it. DO NOT start it late at night if you have to get up early the next day (yes, I made this mistake). Gripping, exhausting and at times very funny, if this doesn’t make a brilliant film (choice of Matt Damon to play Watney = excellent) then many people need to get fired.
What it’s about: Astronaut Mark Watney gets stranded on Mars. He has no way to communicate with Earth or the crew mates who abandoned him, thinking he was dead. Will he be able to survive and get home?
3. What I’ll read next
My copy of The Wrath and the Dawn finally arrived! I’m so excited for this one.
The (long) blurb: In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂