An Officer and a Spy – Robert Harris. Robert Harris is one of my favourite authors, and has been since I first picked up a copy of Enigma when it first came out. I’m about two chapters into this and really enjoying it so far.
The Italian Sausage Bible – Mary Contini. Om nom nom!
Steve Niles Omnibus – Steve Niles. I’ve not read anything of Steve Niles’ outside of 30 Days of Night, so I’m quite looking forward to this although it looks like it’s of incredibly variable quality. The joy of comics, eh!
The Emperor of Paris – C.S. Richardson. Picked this up after reading about it over at caffeinatedlife.net
Miss Buncle’s Book – D.E. Stevenson. Pretty sure I requested this after reading an online review too. Not a fan of this cover but I absolutely love this one.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black. The cover on this really appeals to me. It’s simple but arresting.
Firespell – Chloe Neill. A cast-off YA supernatural that looks fairly promising.
Christmas Books – Charles Dickens. A cast-off.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings – Charles Dickens. A cast-off that somehow contains some different stories from Christmas Books.
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway. A cast-off.
The Story Girl – L.M. Montgomery. Bought this one and somehow overlooked the fact that they also had a copy of Pat of Silverbush. It’s pay day tomorrow so I’ll be heading back first thing. Luckily, the bookshop is right next to one of the places where I work so it all works out quite nicely.
Mr Knightley’s Diary – Amanda Grange. A cast-off. This has terrible reviews but, despite the fact that I hated Emma, I really do love Mr Knightley.
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse. A cast-off.
Ashenden – W. Somerset Maugham. A cast-off. And one with a fabulously stylish cover.
Star Trek: Terek Nor, Day of the Vipers – James Swallow. Via Bookmooch. I have the second and third parts of this trilogy for a while now. Maybe now that I’ve finally completed it, I might read the damned things.
Reckoning – Cate Tiernan. Also via Bookmooch and also the completion of a series I’ve been picking up over time. I bought the first book in the Wicca series not long after it was initially published in the UK (in 2002, I think) and to date it is the only one I have ever read. I’ve been buying them in charity and second hand bookshops for years and now I finally have them all. I’m quite daunted to read them after all this time. I mean, what if they don’t live up to the effort I’ve put in?
Orbus – Neal Asher. A cast-off.
The Ladies of Grace Adieu – Susanna Clarke. A cast-off. One of these days I’ll get around to reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and then I’ll have this one to follow it up with!
Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson. Via Bookmooch and yet another completed collection. These completed collections are making me happy, but I’m also coming to the realisation that I’m going to have to read all these books and that is a little less happy making, if only for time reasons.
My Love Lies Bleeding – Alyxandra Harvey. A cast-off.
The Perfect Hostess – Rose Henniker-Heaton. A cast-off. Because who doesn’t need a hosting manual from the 1930s? It’ll go wonderfully with my copy of Everybody’s Complete Letter Writer for Ladies and Gentlemen!
The Spellman Files – Lisa Lutz. A cast-off.
500 Chili Recipes. A cast-off. I love chilli so I just want to hug this book to my chest with glee.
Hadrian’s Wall – Derry Brabbs. A cast-off, and a beautiful one at that.
The Scottish Parliament – Charles Jencks. A cast-off.
Despite some weeks in February feeling interminably long, I’m still quite surprised that it’s over. And look – I read things!
Hipster Hitler – James Carr and Archana Kumar. This was a gift for my last birthday and I feel bad it’s taken me this long to get around to it. Enjoyable pun-filled goodness.
Wolverine: Sabretooth Reborn – Jeph Loeb & Simone Bianchi. Not amazing but not terrible either.
Astonishing X-Men: Unmasked – Marjorie Liu & Gabriel H. Walta. Glad to see Iceman getting some character development again. But more Northstar, please!
The Girl With All the Gifts – M.R. Carey. As previously mentioned, I LOVED this. Go read it immediately!
X-Men: Primer – Brian Wood, Olivier Coipel & David Lopez. See my last post for thoughts.
Revival: You’re Among Friends – Tim Seeley & Mike Norton. See my last post for thoughts.
Revival: Live Like You Mean It – Tim Seeley & Mike Norton. See my last post for thoughts.
The Little Women Letters – Gabrielle Donnelly. Although the characters in this never really rang true for me, I thought this was alright. Nothing spectacular, but the letters from ‘Grandma Jo’ made it more than worthwhile.
Deadpool: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish & Declan Shalvey. Yay for Deadpool! Must play the game soon.
So many books. I’m not entirely sure how I ended up with so many, but hurrah!
From the library:
The Girl with all the Gifts – M.R. Carey. I think I read about this on someone’s book blog a few weeks ago, and man am I glad I did because I loved this book. Loved it, loved it, loved it. The cover is excellent, the writing is excellent, the story is a wonderful twist on the zombie tropes and, unlike so many books, it has an excellent blurb – a small thing, but an important one.
Deadpool: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish & Declan Shalvey. Haven’t read this yet but yay for Deadpool
Revival: You’re Among Friends – Tim Seeley & Mike Norton.
Revival: Live Like You Mean It – Tim Seeley & Mike Norton. These had a lot of potential, but in the end, the similarities to The Returned and The Crow overshadowed anything original going on. Also, I have had absolutely enough of reading about the power of American fundamentalist Christianity in the breakdown of the society. Blergh.
X-Men: Primer – Brian Wood, Olivier Coipel & David Lopez. An interesting start, though I’m not a fan of Marvel Girl and so didn’t really get the conflict that’s been set up between her and Storm. Quite like the portrayal of Jubilee, although I’m yet to be fully sold on the idea of her having a baby.
Maelstrom – Peter Watts. I think I like the cover of this more than the description, but nevermind, eh?
The Social Contract – Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Two Girls in the Wild – May Wynne. Since my boyfriend ended up paying for this in Oxfam, I think it might technically count as a Valentine’s Present.
Poison Study – Maria V Snyder.
Magic Study – Maria V Snyder.
Already Dead – Charlie Huston.
Sad Song – Vincent Banville.
Coroner’s Pidgin – Margery Allingham.
The Earth Hums in B Flat – Mari Strachan. Such a beautiful cover. The book itself also sounds rather lovely, so I’m looking forward to reading it.
Janes in Love – Cecil Castellucci & Jim Rugg. I read this a few years ago and adored it. The DC ‘Minx’ line had its flaws, but the Janes duo of titles were not one of them. Both books were smart, funny and utterly appealing, and I recommend them unreservedly.
Garden Spells – Sarah Addison Allen. Despite having seen her name bandied around quite a lot, I’ve never gotten around to reading any Sarah Addison Allen. Quite hopeful about this one.
The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World – John Harwood. Archaeology, woo!
Over the past few months, The Guardian has had several articles about women in literature, focusing on how few female authors are reviewed in professional publications and the impact this has on their readership. One of the most intriguing responses to the issue that I’ve seen is the declaration of 2014 as ‘The Year of Reading Women‘.
On the back of this, some people have decided to only read books by female authors and, I have to say, I don’t think I could do it. It would cut out most comics for one (oh, comics, you make me sad sometimes…), and although a lot of my favourite authors are women, a lot of them are men too. Damn their lack of vaginas! To be fair, looking at the 29 writers I’ve listed on my about me page, only 10 out of 29 of them are women. Less than half. Problematic. So what about the books I read last year? Altogether, I read 189 books. I don’t pick based on gender, so surely around half of them were by women, right? Wrong. Only 52 titles had female authors, and several of those were co-authored by men. Damn.