Wow, feels like it's been SO LONG since the last one of these. I mean, I know I did my December update early, but still. Anyway, here's a quick overview of what I've been reading since last time:
City of Dark Magic, by Magnus Flyte (2 stars)
Cold Vengeance, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (3 stars)
Two Graves, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (3 stars)
The Blood Gospel, by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell (4 stars)
The Boleyn Inheritance, by Philippa Gregory (4 stars)
Safe Haven, by Nicholas Sparks (3 stars)
The Roswell Conspiracy, by Boyd Morrison (4 stars)
All About Lulu, by Jonathan Evison (3 stars)
Spiral, by Paul McEuen (3 stars)
The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom (2 stars)
Innocent Traitor, by Alison Weir (4 stars)
I also did a re-read of Preston and Child's Fever Dream (4 stars) before reading their next two. In addition, there were several books this month that I started but gave up on: Fortuna, by Michael R. Stevens; The Inner Circle, by Brad Meltzer; and Diary, by Chuck Palahniuk.
So . . . this year has been a full one so far! I'm aiming for 75 again, and at this rate I'll reach that goal before the end of the summer. I wouldn't expect this pace to keep up for the entire year, but I'll take the momentum while I've got it. This would be quite the lengthy post if I shared my thoughts on all these books, but, of course, if you're curious what I thought, you can look me up on Goodreads . . . or just ask.
I think it's kind of funny how I've taken to historical fiction. It wasn't a genre that ever really interested me, and a year ago it would have been a stretch to read one at all, let alone two in a single month (The Boleyn Inheritance and Innocent Traitor). A lot of the reviews I've seen suggest that Weir's books are more historically accurate than Gregory's, but to be honest, I don't really care about that. It's fiction. It's entertainment. Sure, it adds a layer of interest to know that these WERE real people, but while I'm reading, they're just characters in a story. Whether they do or don't act exactly as their real life counterparts did . . . it just doesn't matter. Not to me, anyway.
Moving forward, I'm currently re-reading Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity, and I plan to follow it up with the next two in the series. Whether I'll continue farther than that, I don't know, but I definitely wanted to read the first three, since they're the ones Ludlum actually wrote. Also, now that I'm FINALLY up-to-date on the Preston/Child novels, I'd like to read some of their individual ones. So I'll probably be checking those out in the near future, before they publish another Pendergast novel and I get behind again.
So . . . what have you been reading lately?