What I've been reading Lately

It's been a while since I've sat down and shared what I've been reading. I've been reading and even though I share some of my reviews, I don't share all of the books that I've read. I guess it just comes down to time, and what I'm able to fit on the blog. The problems of reading too much I guess.

My reading life consists of 205 books this year already. I know that's a lot, but I listen to audio books while I work. The longer I listen, the faster it gets, until I'm listening to a book at almost 300 works per minute. So 205 books isn't really that unusual.

Lets dive into what I'm working on right now.

The Lovely Bones
by Alice Seebold

This book has been on my TBR shelf since 2013. It is the oldest book. I've never seen the movie, but I might after I read the book. A lot of controversy surrounds this story with a terrible murder of a child and how her family has to cope. There are mixed reviews on Goodreads, but it carries a 3.78 rating. I'm excited to dive into it and hopefully I can finish it by the end of the week.

Summary: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that's calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive -- and then some. But Susie isn't ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature. 

The Fiery Cross
by Diana Gabaldon

This book is the reason why I can't finish anything else. It's 1443 pages long. Even in audio form that takes a while to get through. I'm totally enthralled with this series though, and the long read is worth it. 60% done. I'll get there.

Summary: The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

Shadow Academy
by Kevin J. Anderson

I read this series as a kid and loved it. To pick it up now brings me back to those childhood memories and makes me wonder what kinds of things I really liked as a child. The books are great if you are a huge fan of Star wars, which I am :)...

Summary: The Dark Jedi Brakiss--the student Luke Skywalker expelled from his academy--has learned much since he left. Enough to master the dark side of the Force, and enough to establish his own school for training Jedi--the Shadow Academy. Now Brakiss has an even greater task--kidnap the heirs of the Skywalker bloodline, and turn them to the dark side of the Force.

Dragon's Code
by Gigi McCaffrey

This book I picked up on Netgalley. My coworking spoke highly of this series so I thought I would try it. Although its not a preferred genre, the writing is good. I'm just not into the story, but that might just be personal preference. Lets see if I can get through this one this week.

Summary: A new hero emerges in a divided world as one of sci-fi's most beloved series--Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern--relaunches with this original adventure from Anne's daughter, Gigi McCaffrey.

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dragonriders of Pern series, Gigi does her mother proud, adding to the family tradition of spinning unputdownable tales that recount the adventures of the brave inhabitants of a distant planet who battle the pitiless adversary known as Thread.

The last time Thread attacked Pern, the world was unprepared for the fight--until the Oldtimers appeared. These courageous dragonriders arrived from the past, traveling four hundred years to help their descendants survive. But the collision of past and present took its toll. While most of the displaced rescuers adapted to their new reality, others could not abide the jarring change and found themselves in soul-crushing exile, where unhappiness and resentment seethed.

Piemur, a journeyman harper, also feels displaced, cast adrift by the loss of his spectacular boyhood voice and uncertain of his future. But when the Masterharper of Pern sees promise in the young man and sends him undercover among the exiled Oldtimers, Piemur senses the looming catastrophe that threatens the balance of power between the Weyrs and Holds of Pern.

When the unthinkable happens, Piemur must rise to the challenge to avert disaster and restore honor to the dragons and dragonriders of Pern. Because now, in a world already beset by Thread, another, more insidious danger looms: For the first time in living memory, dragons may be on the verge of fighting dragons. 


Have you read any of these? What did you think?! Any of these going on your TBR? Tell me what you’ve been reading!

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