As someone writing a blog about books, it should come as no great surprise that I am constantly reading. Perhaps not as much as I would like (damn you real life!), but I almost always make time to read every single day. So, I thought it would be cool to share with you the books I am currently reading/going to read over the course of this month. There are other books on my wish to read list, but if I did all of them, we would be here all day!
Without further ado, here is the list:
Dunstan by Conn Iggulden
This book tells the tale of a former Abbot of Glastonbury, who’s life coincided the creation of the Kingdom of England and the final defeat of the Viking settlements in England. Historical sources tell us that Saint Dunstan (He was posthumously canonised) was central in the creation of England as he acted as a minister and advisor to several English kings throughout this time. Written from his point of view, this book gives us an insider’s view point of these pivotal events in English history.
I’m currently several chapters in and I must admit, my enthusiasm for this book has waned a little. As someone who has a fascination with history, especially medieval history, I find the premise of this book brilliant and I have long been a fan of Conn Iggulden’s work, especially his Emperor and Wars of the Roses series’. Unfortunately, so far, I am not feeling it. Everyone is different, and the book has generally good reviews online, but it just isn’t doing it for me at the moment.
The Battle by Paul O’Connell
The autobiography of Irish Rugby legend Paul O’Connell. Tracking his career, in his own words, this book gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of one modern Rugby’s most iconic players. Not only does this book follow his careers highs and lows, it also follows the rise of professionalism in Rugby. The sport had only just become professional when O’Connell was a young and awarded his first contract, so, for me at least, it is fascinating to see the changes in the professionalism and attitude in the game as the book progresses.
Now, I will admit, this book probably won’t win any literary awards, however, I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have powered through the first half in a matter of days and at this rate should have the book finished by the end of the weekend. It might not be for everyone; but if you have an interest in Rugby, then I recommend it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesel Meminger is forced from her family due to their political beliefs and adopted by new foster parents (Hans and Rosa Hubermann). During this time, Hans discovers that she cannot read and sets out to teach her. Liesel quickly becomes fascinated by the opportunities that reading present, however hers, and the families, situation becomes much more dangerous when they shelter a German-Jewish refugee from the grip of the Nazi Party.
Now, I must admit, this is a book I haven’t actually read this book yet. It is currently in the post, but I am very excited to read it. A few years ago, I saw the film adaption of this book – I know, I know, I’m a savage for watching the film first – and absolutely loved it. The story was gripping, emotional and impactful from the get go. All in all, I can’t wait to get my nose stuck in this book.
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
The second book in the Winternight trilogy and sequal to The Bear in the Nightingale. Vasya Petrovna is no longer a little girl, she is now a young woman; as such, social convention in medieval Russia says that she should be married or be joining a convent. She is, however, determined to resist this, and with the help of her burgeoning magical powers maintain her independence.
If you have read my previous review of The Bear and the Nightingale, then you will know I am looking forward to this book. I absolutely loved Katherine Arden’s debut novel. As such, I immediately pre-ordered the paperback version of this book. As soon as it arrives, I am going to bust it open and start reading.
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