My to-read list.
I don’t know about you but I love any kind of blog post that is a little bit nosey. Have you seen those ones where people post what is in their handbag? Or answer twenty questions? I love them. So it’s no surprise that I also love seeing what other people are reading. As my to-read shelf was looking pretty plump I thought I would share what I am planning on reading in the next couple of weeks!
Brian Jacques: Mariel of Redwall / Salamandastron
These books made up so much of my childhood and I think are probably where my interest in fantasy fiction stems from. They are set in an animal kingdom and follow the tale of Redwall Abbey, fore founder of which is the mouse warrior Martin. The woodland creatures in the Abbey and its surroundings strive for a peaceful existence; however this is constantly threatened by armies of rats weasels and ferrets – as well as sinister double-headed snakes which stalk the woods. Whilst battling these enemies, riddles must be deciphered and legends of times past consulted in order for the mice of Redwall to win the day. These are great books for children, the animals all speak in various British dialects which are hilarious and the descriptive passages of the feasts in the Abbey appeal to young and old. Re-reading them (I finished the first in the series, Redwall recently) was something I was tentative about, but they stand up to the test. Easy reads, but enthralling.
George R.R. Martin – A Dance with Dragons 2: After the Feast
I suppose this is technically another re-read – but I’m trying to finish the series off. If you want to see reviews of the other books in the series (and a comparison to the television show) then here’s the link to one of my previous posts. I don’t want to post any spoilers but I will say this, I LOVE Arya’s story in this book. It’s so strange and different from what is happening to every other character – you definitely get the feeling that she is going to blossom and be pretty spectacular in the books to come. I’m excited to finish this book, but also impatient for the next one to be published!
Justin Cronin – The Passage
Do any of you go on reddit a lot? There is a great subreddit which is all about books and I have to confess that quite often when looking for a recommendation I have a browse on there. If you have never been on reddit before then where have you been?! Go go go!! The Passage was recommended as a good post-apocalyptic read, something that I am really interested in. It details the collapsing of the world due to a highly contagious virus which turns its victims into vampirical beings. I’m really looking forward to reading this; expect a review of it soon.
René Char – Furor and Mystery & Other Writings
René Char is a French surrealist poet that I became interested in due to Foucault citing him, something I discovered whilst researching for my dissertation. I bought a couple of volumes of his poetry and apart from the occasional dip into them haven’t really worked my way through them. This is a great volume as it contains the original French alongside the English translations.
David Starkey – Elizabeth
Peter Ackroyd – The History of England: Volume II Tudors
My wonderful boyfriend is to thank for these two! Recently I was saying that I would be interested in reading some more historical books, and he asked what time period I wanted to read about. The Tudors – particularly Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth the 1st – have always fascinated me so I thought that would be a good place to start. Being the sweetie he is, he treated me to not one but two books on the Tudors! I think I will see how these go and potentially you could see more historical books cropping up on this page.
Naomi Wolf – Vagina A New Biography
Well, I really wasn’t sure what to categorise this one as! I’ve had this sitting on my bookshelf for a while, and started reading it a while ago but gave it up quite quickly. That’s not because it wasn’t interesting, but I think you need to be prepared to really think about this book and be engaged with the discussion it provokes. Naomi Wolf begins by talking about her own experiences, how despite being happy and sexually fulfilled one day she noticed that her orgasms were no longer taking her to that ‘other’ place. This was directly related to a mild form of spinal bifida that was causing the pelvis nerves to become compressed, thus affecting her orgasm. After successful surgery Wolf began to investigate further into the pelvic nerve and how because the nerve wiring varied from woman to woman it could affect their ability to experience orgasm. Sexuality is another of my areas of interest and I think that this book is going to be eye opening, provided I stick it out this time!
I’m extremely keen to get started on this list, there’s a good varied selection in there and I am quite happy to be tackling different areas in my reading. Have any of you read these books? Were they any good? If you have anything to recommend to me please do!