A Reader's Diary

Monday, October 18, 2010

What I've been reading in 2010...

Wow, it's been over a year since I last updated this blog. In my defense, I've been quite busy with school and other things and haven't had the chance to read much, let alone reflect on the books afterwards.

Well, here's what I've been reading lately:

  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I loved Outlander when I read it last year, but I heard that the next book didn't begin until 20 years later (as I think I mentioned in a my last blog post here), so I didn't feel like reading the next in the series, thinking it would simply jump ahead to focus on the next generation. Whoops! Good thing I checked out the next book, because there WAS more about Jamie and Claire before the big 20-year leap, and even after that the books were as good as ever. I'm now in the middle of reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes, which is the 6th book in the series. Part historical fiction, part romance, and part scifi/fantasy, I really love this series.
  • The Mistress of the Art of Death series by Ariana Franklin. I read the 3rd book in the series first (oops), since it just happened to be the one available at the library at the time. I've since gone back to read books 1 and 2, and I think the series has gotten better over time. They aren't the rich type of historical fiction that Outlander is, but they are entertaining myteries. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, A Murderous Procession (which I think I'm saving for my next airplane trip).
  • Since I heard that Terry Pratchett has a new book coming out (I Shall Wear Midnight) in the Discworld sub-series that began with The Wee Free Men (which I *adored*), I thought I should catch up with the last book published, #3 in the sub-series, which is Wintersmith. Terry Pratchett shows his usual brilliance here once again. I loved it.
  • And finally, the latest in Kathy Reichs' series: Spider Bones. I really liked this one a lot better than her last few novels, perhaps because the ending/answers weren't so obvious from the beginning. There were so many bodies and so many characters and plot threads that it was difficult to keep them all straight, but this complexity had the effect of keeping the mystery's solution(s) a surprise.

So that's the latest from my reading list.

As always, happy reading to you!


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