My reading has slowed down a lot this month, but I’m still making progress!
The WWW Wednesday challenge very simply involves answering three questions about your reading.
What are you currently reading?
Call of the Bone Ships — R. J. Barker
Synopsis (for book 1): For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.
Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.
After what must be a couple of years…I’m finally reading the sequel to this book. I already have the third book to read too, so I’ve got high hopes!
What have you recently finished?
Klara and the Sun — Kazuo Ishiguro
Synopsis: From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.
It’s taken me ages to read this book, about a robot and the girl she is hired to care for. I’ll expand on this at a later date, but although I enjoyed many parts, I also found I couldn’t get that emotionally invested through others.
What are you going to read next?
Spinning Silver — Naomi Novik
Synopsis: Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kind-hearted to collect his debts. They face poverty, until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge – and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord.
I have read the author’s latest series, as well as Temeraire, but somehow never got around to this! I am in a fantasy mood right now, so it seems the perfect time to pick up this fan favourite.
What are you reading this week? Have you read any of these books?