Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What I'm Reading Now: May Edition

This has been a stellar month for reading for me. And I'm reading some great books right now, so here's a sneak peek.

On my Nook: The Art of War by Sun Tzu, translated by Lionel Giles - This was next up on my journey through the alphabet and I'm enjoying it a lot more than I anticipated. I think any author who is going to have battles or fighting or armies or anything like that in their novels should read this.

On my phone: Darker Days by Jus Accardo - I literally just started this, so I really don't know how I feel, except I'm hoping the profanity calms down. 2 pages in and already a good handful of expletives. That is one of the only things that can make me walk away from a book without finishing it. However, the premise of an agency that handles the supernatural (such as zombies) has me intrigued enough to push forward a little bit further.

In print - fiction: Sand Chronicles by Hinako Ahihara - Picked these up at my local library because I was looking for a new manga to dive into. The "sand" part of the title refers to an hourglass and the passing of time - past, present, future - which is the theme that drives the narrative. The purpose of the series is to trace the lives of these characters through their teen years. The characters are clear and well-developed and some pretty serious real-life issues are being handled. I'm curious to see where they go.

In print - non-fiction: Not That It Matters by A.A. Milne - I discovered a bunch of books of Milne's essays at the library where I work and was literally dancing in the aisles. Best known for Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne also wrote humorous essays that are absolutely fantastic. If you want to read some without going out to find a book, check out these essays on Quotidiana. They're funny and heartwarming and just really good reads.

On audio in my car: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse - This is ... interesting. I don't think I would have pushed through this if I was reading it in print, but the audio keeps me going. It weaves together the lives of people centuries apart around the narrative of the Grail - and this isn't the Indiana Jones cup you're thinking of. Basically it's a Grail quest with women at the center of the story. Interesting, if not my normal cup of tea.

On TV: I'm still working my way through Buffy and Angel and thoroughly enjoying them. There's so much I don't remember from my first viewing!
How about you? Reading anything good?

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