As you might have seen from the last time I did a Currently Reading sort of post back on 10th/11th December, I was reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and I’m happy to report that I have finally finished both those books! I’m especially pleased that I’ve finally completed All the Light We Cannot See as it’s a book that I’d spent way longer reading than I ordinarily would. However, given the content of the narrative and how beautiful the storytelling is, I am quite glad I took my time with it, especially since I went into the book with such high expectations and being told by practically everyone that it’s amazing. I’m glad that I can now say that I agree – All the Light We Cannot See is indeed beautiful and it has made me rethink my Best of 2016 list which I’d already compiled before I had finished it.
Now, enough of the past, let’s move on to the present and the future, namely what I’ll be reading today/this weekend. I’m sure it’s impossible to escape the knowledge that this weekend happens to contain Christmas Eve/Day. So, reading might be a little intermittent because Christmas and because Christmas films. Likewise, I’m at home visiting my parents so I don’t have any of my books with me (believe me, realising I should probably not pick out a book to bring home was torture) but I do have an Overdrive account, my phone, and my Kindle. So, really, I’m not at all bookless. With that in mind, I have a couple of books lined up…
I’m currently listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on audiobook because I’ve been re-reading/re-listening to the Harry Potter series in the past few months. Handily, Goblet of Fire contains the Yule Ball scenes so it’s relevant to the festive season, even if the rest of the book is a bit dark. I hope to listen to a few random hours here and there, perhaps whilst I finally wrap the presents I really need to wrap sooner rather than later!
I like to have an actual book on the go any time that I’m also listening to an audiobook and my Kindle is fully loaded up with all sorts of ebooks that I never got round to reading but keep insisting on buying more of – for example, Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library. This is apparently a young-adult steampunk fantasy novel that promises “stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!” Don’t mind if I do! If I have the inclination today/this weekend to plump for something not at all festive (but, let’s be honest, pretty damn appealing) then I’ll be picking up Cogman’s book with great enthusiasm.
So, those are the books I hope to read/listen to today and going into this festive weekend. Do you have any bookish plans, or specific books you’re planning to read?
Are you a seasonal reader who must read something festive at Christmastime (hmmm I wonder if I can sneak in A Christmas Carol reread?)
Comment below, I’d love to hear about what you’re reading at the moment! And if you are someone who celebrates a holiday at this time of year, I wish you the happiest of holidays and I hope you, your family, your friends, and your loved ones whoever they might be, all have a wonderfully festive time.