Notes On What I’m Currently Reading

School and work can keep me pretty busy sometimes, which means that I can’t always keep up with my goal of one book review a week. Instead, I’ll continually update this page with my thoughts on what I’m currently reading, until I finish it and can write a full blown review. And since I’m one of those people who likes to read several books at once, you should check back often for updates! Here we go:

The Prague Cemetery, by Umberto Eco

This book is interesting…I can’t quite get a handle on it, nor do I know quite how to give a plot summary at this point. It’s definitely one I’m going to finish, but it will be interesting to try to review, seeing as how I can’t even find the words to describe it at this point. It presents a challenge though! This one will be fun to write…

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the EarthThis book was recommended to me by my father. I’ve liked every book he’s ever recommended to me to some extent, so I figured I had a statistically pretty high chance of liking this one as well. Also, he’s not usually one for really long books, and this most definitely qualifies as a really long book at just shy of 1,000 pages. I figured if he got through it, it had to be good. And it is: I’m only about 100 pages into the book so far, but I’m already in love with it. Usually books take a little while to pull me in, but not this one. It had me hooked immediately. I’ll keep you updated as I get further into the plot.

7/30: I’m now about 200 pages into the book, and while it’s still got me hooked, it has changed significantly. The seeming main characters at the beginning of the book haven’t been mentioned in quite some time, and I’ve been introduced to an entirely new character set. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Return From the River Kwai, by Joan and Clay Blair

Have you ever seen the movie Bridge on the River Kwai? Or read the novel it was based on, Bridge over the River Kwai? Well those were (loosely) based on a true story of British and Australian POWs in Southeast Asia during WWII. This book is the true story of those men. I only started it two days ago, and I’m already making huge progress. So far, this book has me hooked.

The Sheen on the Silk, by Anne Perry

The Sheen on the Silk

At the moment, I stand at 44% of the way through my kindle e-book version of The Sheen on the Silk, and I’ve been pretty consistently at a 3 star rating throughout. The book started out solely focusing on one character, Anna, but for the last several chapters has been following 3 or more other characters, somewhat tied in, but not quite enough for me to see the point of it. That said, I’ve often read books in the past where the intertwining story lines make absolutely no sense until the last 50 pages, so I’ll leave my judgement on that till I finish the book. My other note to make at this point is that the book is far longer than I originally realized. Having downloaded a free library version of the e-book, I didn’t actually have a hard copy that I could look at the thickness of. Having now done my research, I see that most editions are between 500 and 600 pages; I don’t know why, but I came in thinking that this would be a fairly quick, 300-350 page read. However, I’m not bored with it yet, only worried about my e-library loan expiring, so I won’t complain about the length. I don’t mind a long book from time to time.

7/30: My library loan officially expired some time ago, but I still definitely plan on finishing this book in the near future. It’s intriguing plot guarantees that I will certainly be picking up another copy sometime very soon.

Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

I remember when the movie version of this book came out…I thought that it looked awesome, but I try to avoid seeing a movie if there’s any chance that I’ll read the book at some future point, so instead of seeing the movie, Memoirs of a Geisha went on my to-read list. Skip ahead to now, and I finally broke down and watched the movie. I was simultaneously lent the book, which I am currently a few chapters into. The movie was intriguing, and so far the book is living up. I probably won’t finish this one till after the Anne Perry book above, but if it stays anywhere near as compelling as it is so far, I will definitely be writing an extensive review. Stay tuned!

7/30: I’ve kind of slacked off a little on this one lately, since I’ve had some other more pressing matters (A.K.A. books with library due dates…and moving into a new apartment. Mostly library books though). In any case, after I get through Pillars of the Earth I plan on this being the next book I finish/review since it is a borrowed copy.

9/3: Been making some serious progress on this one lately. So far I’m loving it. It is definitely living up to the expectations set both by others and the movie.

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3 comments

  1. Believe it or not, Pillars of the Earth is actually a frequently challenged book! You just might have a head-start 🙂

    1. Is it now? I wasn’t aware; that’s good to know! In fact, now that I think of it, that one might satisfy two of my challenges. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

  2. Yea, there are some really surprising books on those lists!

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