Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How do non-readers cope?

Just try being stuck at home and indoors with orders to 'take it easy' and 'not to lift more than a couple of kilos' for a month and a half.

Okay, the first week or so, it's all about the rest and the pain relief, and the 'being looked after' [ thankyou Nadie ], but after a while that begins to get old.
There's only so much tv that one can watch
and it hurts to sit at the computer for more than a few minutes [ stitches ... don't ask ]

so how do people stave off total boredom if they don't knit ... or quilt ... or read ?

I really have no idea [ and don't say gardening, cos I can't do that yet either ]

Anyway, there has been plenty of reading going on, as evidenced by the fact that I'm up to book 60 for the year, and that doesn't count the ones that I started but gave up on halfway through.

It may seem that I'm getting desparate for blogfodder when I post lists like this. but that's just so not true.
There is method to my madness.
Promise.

Y'see, every time I post my booklist, someone who has bothered to wade through it all chimes in with some fabulous author that I haven't discovered yet.
Recently I've been working my way through two authors that I wouldn't have found were it not for rave reviews from Sheepish Annie ... Cassandra Clare and Mike Carey specifically.
As it happens I was able to get the Clares from the Library, but they only had the first of the Careys ... which turned out just fine, because I liked him enough to plonk down my dineros to buy the series [ including the one I'd just read ]

So, in the hope that some more great reads might be forthcoming, here's the 2011 booklist to date:


January/February
I Shall Wear Midnight - Terry Pratchett
Changes - Jim Butcher
A Kiss of Shadows - Laurell K Hamilton
A Caress of Twighlight - LKH
Seduced By Moonlight - LKH
A Stroke of Midnight - LKH
Mistral’s Kiss - LKH
A Lick of Frost - LKH
Swallowing Darkness - LKH
Divine Misdemeanor - LKH
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Attwood
Dead Over Heels - Charlaine Harris
Guilty Pleasures - Laurell K Hamilton
The Laughing Corpse - LKH
Circus of the Damned - LKH
The Lunatic Cafe - LKH
Bloody Bones - LKH
The Killing Dance - LKH
Burnt Offerings - LKH
Blue Moon - LKH
Obsidian Butterfly - LKH
Narcissus In Chains - LKH
Cerulean Sins - LKH
Incubus Dreams - LKH

March
The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played With Fire - SL
Many Bloody Returns - Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher et al
The Harlequin - LKH
Dark Lover - JR Ward
A Touch Of Dead - CH Book 30
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest - SL
Merlin - Stephen Lawhead

April
Murder By The Slice - Livia Washburn
Goodies Rule OK
Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance dance - HM

May
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
City Of Bones - CC
City of Ashes - CC
Side Jobs - Jim Butcher Book 40
Keep The Aspidistra Flying - George Orwell
Deja Dead - Kathy Reichs
City Of Glass - CC
The Devil You Know - Mike Carey
Death Du Jour - KR
Deadly Decisions - KR
Dark Side - Belinda Bauer
Rite - Tad Williams

June
Fatal Voyage - KR
Grave Secrets - KR Book 50
Bare Bones - KR
Devil Bones - KR
Blacklands - BB
Mint Juleps, Mayhem and Murder -Sara Rosett
A Cottswold Killing - Rebecca Tope
Bones To Ashes - KR
Indigo Dying - Susan Wittig Albert
Fever Of The Bone - Val McDermid
Vicious Circle - Mike Carey

reading
Dead Man’s Boots - MC Book 60


so any suggestions ???

10 comments:

Lynne said...

Ooo! I haven't read any of them - I'm on a classics kick (adult and child fiction) - Dickens, Austin, Montgomery, etc.

I do want to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo one day.

Jessi said...

I think you would like the Carrie Ryan series, "The Forrest of Hands and Teeth," "The Dead Tossed Waves" and "Dark and Hollow Places." Also, "Sunshine" by Robin McKinley.

crazyhaberdasher said...

Chris has been buying the Karen Rose books lately .... but you would have to talk to him about them.

Deb said...

Eileen Wilkes - Lupi Series
Patricia Briggs - Mercy Thompson series

JD Robb - In Death Series
Catherine Coulter - FBI series
Jayne Ann Krentz - Arcane series.

Just a few that I enjoy.

catsmum said...

thanks for all the suggestions so far - you seem to have picked up on the fact that I like distopian urban fantasy [and if it happens to be detective fiction so much the better ]
I've checked the library database and put in a few requests for the first volumes in series

since I posted yesterday I've finished the fourth Mike Carey and started the fifth.

gayle said...

I was going to suggest Tad Williams (having just discovered him myself) but then saw his name pop up way down on the list.
I'm also reading George R.R. Martin, when I can lay my greedy little mitts on one of his books...
(I've just added a bunch of titles/authors to my library list. Thanks!)

=Tamar said...

Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett.
Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett.
Monstrous Regiment, By Terry Pratchett.
[all the rest by Terry Pratchett, too, but these seem more immediately like your taste]

catsmum said...

Yes Tamar, well spotted. The nightwatch ones are my favourites amongst all of the Pratchetts. The only TP that I never really engaged with was Pyramids. I should give it another go.

catsmum said...

oh and all of Pratchett's Witches ones. Gotta love Nanny Ogg!

aubirdwoman said...

something a little different... these were recommended to me ...Water for Elephants, The Kite Runner, The Help, The Story of Edward Sawtelle and for something light the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency ~ Alexander McCall Smith