Monday, April 22, 2019

MONDAY: What are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week and is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. This is my first time participating and I am in the middle of a few excellent reads!

In print:

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I am well into this captivating book of a band from the 70s, lots of drugs and rock and roll. It is a very quick read as it is done as a historical record of interviews from the band over the years.  Lots of fun!

Next up in print will be Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity by David Bodanis.

In audio:

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, narrated by Kate Reading

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle is the present that just keeps on giving inspiration to authors of all kinds. This version is a brilliant female take on the detective, and when the version of Dr Watson showed up, I was hooked.  It's been on my radar for a while, as sprite writes has been loving this series, always a recommendation I take seriously. I'm glad to see there are two more books in the series already.

From the modern day YA version with Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson at a boarding school, to the Robert Downing Jr, and the Benedict Cumberbatch movies, to the TV show House, Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant character, even if the actual books never intrigued me as much as Agatha Christie's did.

Next up in audio: The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See

In ebook:

Milkman by Anna Burns

I've inherited my daughter's old mini iPad, so now I have an e-reader. I haven't read a lot on it but I found Milkman by Anna Burns for sale one day on Kindle deals and I've been loving it. I'm reading it slowly, but I am hoping to finish it today. Milkman won the Man Booker Prize and was on the Tournament of Books list in March. I still had no plan to read it but then it was on the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist and was on sale that week? I succumbed. The style is particular and won't be to everyone's brain but it really works for me. It reminds me of Anne Enright's  style in The Gathering and The Forgotten Waltz, the classic Irish stream of consciousness. Set during the 70s in Northern Ireland and dealing with 'the troubles' Burns never uses proper nouns but descriptions of people like third brother or wee sisters or almost-boyfriend. 

next up in e-book: Normal People by Sally Rooney, another Women's Prize for Fiction longlisted book that I got on Netgalley.