I mentioned in my last post that I am currently reading five different books. I’ll tackle them in the order in which I started reading them.
- The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin. My husband picked this book up in a bookshop in Oxford, England. It was one of those deals where the book is wrapped in plain brown paper with a brief synopsis tagged on the front of it. It was a fun way to buy a book in Oxford. The book isn’t bad. The dry English humor is great and it’s a very whodunit kinda book. From the beginning, however, it didn’t really grab me and pull me in. It’s just a little too cold and removed for my taste. I’m finishing it because we freaking bought it in OXFORD!
Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie by Will Bashor. I had a really good rhythm going with this book. Sometimes, nonfiction history books can be hard to get into and to stay into them. Not really the case here. It’s well-written, interesting, and contains information that I didn’t previously know and it’s presented from a unique perspective. However, this book was interrupted by visiting family and I just haven’t gotten back to it. I only have a couple more chapters to go too. It’s irritating me.
- Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb. The jury is out on this one. I’ve picked it up and put it down a couple times. It’s not grabbing me, but everyone I know has told me that Hobb is awesome and a must read author so I’m not giving up yet. I’m only on page 57. It’s not quite time to dnf this book yet. I want to love it!
- The Sherlockian by Graham Moore. I’m reading this because I read and loved his other book, which I reviewed previously. Honestly though, this novel reads a bit slower and it’s definitely not a I-can’t-put -it-down kinda book. It’s not a bad book. I’m meeting interesting characters and getting to know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m thinking this book just has a steadier pace than some.
- A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. So, it should be pretty obvious why I’m reading this one. The Sherlockian makes TONS of references to Conan Doyle’s writing, oddly enough (heheh), and I had been wanting to read this book for some time. I tried to resist starting yet another book, but I’m weak. I am LOVING it. Seriously, I was worried that it’d be slow and bogged down with 19th century English writing but it’s not! It’s exciting and a book that I am having a hard time turning off (I downloaded it to my Nook since it’s in the public domain.). The writing it snappy and the characters are complex. The story itself leaves you guessing. At least it did me. I just got into part two last night and have no idea where Conan Doyle is going with those first few chapters. Is there a point to the second part? One of the booktubers I follow said she skipped it. I dunno. Anyway, I loved the first part and can’t wait to read more of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Do any of these interest you or have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading?