Friday Reads: I am not really reading.

I am still not really reading so I did the obvious thing and started two more books today. That brings the number of books I am currently reading to seven. I always read a few books at the same time but a number this high is usually an indication that something isn’t quite working. I don’t have any proper plans for the weekend, so hopefully I’ll get back into the groove. Until then, here are the books I am currently reading, how far into them I am, and a few thoughts.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

I heard a ridiculous amount of great things about this book and it is super readable. But it is also very very long. I am currently on page 231 of 714. I am enjoying it a lot but I just wish the main character wouldn’t talk about his penis so much.

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

I have been reading this for what feels like forever. I am only on page 217 of 526 and I have not made any headway in days. Told from dual perspectives, I am only enjoying one of them. Whenever we switch to the other viewpoint, I bail. I do want to finish it but I do struggle.

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

This is brilliant. But also really dark. I am on page 48 of 240. I do think that this will be a five star read for me but I need to be in the right head space to read it. But it’s brilliant! If you like memoirs you definitely should pick it up.

Vengeful (Villains #2) by V. E. Schwab

I have a difficult relationship with Schwab: I like her books but often don’t love them. and I haven’t finished a single of her series. (I cannot STAND Lila Bard, which is why I still haven’t read the last of the Shades of Magic series) I did absolutely adore Vicious though and have eagerly awaited the sequel for years. I am super enjoying it – but it is also super long. I am on page 230 of 575. This is a fairly quick read though and I will hopefully finish this during the next few days.

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

I was looking for a nice and easy audiobook to listen to on my way to work – and I love memoirs narrated by the authors and have a soft spot for celebrity memoirs (there, I said it). I have only ever seen Mathilda once, but I do like Mara Wilson on twitter. Her book is really warm and lovely and her voice is super soothing. I am around 2 hours from the end; which means that I should finish it next week (I only walk 15 minutes to and from work).

The Outcast Hour ed. by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

I really enjoyed another anthology the authors edited last year – and sometimes when I am slumpy, reading short stories really helps. I also need to make headway in my newly acquired pile of NetGalley arcs that I amassed over the last few months. I have read the first three stories and I do like the mix of tones. The first story was fairly creepy though – so maybe reading it at nighttime, alone in my house, was not the best idea ever.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I have heard nothing but good things about this book and especially the audiobook. I figured I should give it a go. Thrillery type, podcasty audiobooks sounds just perfect for my reading mood. I have only listened to the first hour and so far I am really enjoying the full cast production a lot.

How is your reading going? Do you also tend to start too many books when you don’t really feel like reading?

24 thoughts on “Friday Reads: I am not really reading.

  1. I definitely start way too many books when I don’t feel like reading. I’ve been averaging 6 at a time these past few weeks which is excessive even for me. September was such a bad reading month and I think I’ve been trying to make up for it in quantity, which makes absolutely no sense but here we are.

    But, Sadie! I’m glad you are reading that one!

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    1. The weird thing is, I am actually enjoying all those books (except may City of Brass) but instead of just focussing on one, I keep on starting new books and then just not reading.
      I am really into Sadie. The audiobook is exceedingly well done.

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  2. Oh, man, I totally understand where you are coming from. I have had periods like that when I had far too many books started and none of them were even close to finishing. September wasn’t the greatest of the reading months for me but October worked for me. So, hopefully, November works for you?

    But it seems you are reading some really good books though so there’s a chance things will get better. I loved The Heart’s Invisible Furies (and your aside was snortworthy and true) and The City of Brass (with this one, I think I was in just the right mood). I have heard great things about Sadie so, here’s to hoping for a better reading in general.

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    1. I am really enjoying most of the books I am reading; I just can’t seem to get myself to commit to one and then just reading for an hour.

      But, yes I am hoping for November to be better. I am thinking of doing Novella November as a sort of antidote to the really long books I am currently reading.


    1. Seven is rather unusual for me – I normally read around four books at the same time because that seems to work the best. And I am getting better at just putting books down for the moment when I am not in the proper mood for them. But right now, apparently I am not in the mood for reading, fullstop.

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  3. I do the same thing and start a bunch of books that I know I can’t manage all at once, especially when I don’t feel like reading or I’m not quite in the right mindset for the ones I’m trying. Very counterproductive. Heavy sounds like a great read when you’re ready for it though, I’ve been seeing/hearing a lot about it lately. Good to hear it’s 5 stars-ish for you!

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  4. Before I start feeling sorry for myself 😛 let me say – Killer first line to this post 🙂

    My reading is not good, Hannah. Not good at all.

    I picked up and finished a book yesterday that I started on Oct 5th and set down on Oct 6th. I wanted to read but didn’t feel motivated. My horror-filled TBR, stalled. Didn’t even consider starting another book to break out of the rut. Maybe I should have 🙂

    Tomorrow I am picking up 4 books from my library that I really want to read:

    The Dry by Jane Harper
    The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
    Dry by Neal Shusterman and
    An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

    Looking forward to tearing into The Chalk Man, so I may be back 😀

    Hoping you get your groove back, Hannah – Have An Amazing Weekend!


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    1. I am sorry to hear that! I always read around four books at the same time, so normally I can just read another book if I am not in the mood for the one I am reading. But right now I just can’t seem to settle down to read at all.


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