Friday Reads | 15th July

Just a quick Friday Reads post from me today where I’ll share what I plan to read this Friday and into the weekend ahead. My reading this week so far has been intermittent at best, so I hope to correct that today and into this weekend. The usual excuses apply: job hunting woes, feeling generally terrible and whiny, devoting time to watching copious episodes of Archer on Netflix instead. Actually that last one is probably the main excuse. Sorry/not sorry.

Even so, I’m still plodding my way through a re-read of A Clash of Kings for the #readasoiaf readalong in which a group of readers are reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, one book per month. This month has been the turn of the second book in the series and I rather naively thought that, as this was a re-read, I might be able to fly through it. I was wrong, so very wrong, especially when I know I could technically get lazy and just skim read it since it is a re-read but I suspect I would then remember little to none of the actual plot, which wouldn’t stand me in very good stead for picking up A Storm of Swords in August. So basically I keep putting this down and forgetting about it, I claim to be actively reading it but only in the sense that I frequently bring it downstairs with me on a morning and leave it on the arm of the sofa, as though I might pick it up spontaneously. However, I recently realised just how far ahead of me Liz is with this book and, let me tell you, being behind with your reading that much makes you want to catch up. Not that this is a race in any way but I like to be drawing level. Continue reading

Friday Reads: 22nd May

Guess who’s still reading A Clash of Kings? Oh, it’s me!

The thing is… for all the A Song of Ice and Fire series intimidate me, and for all it took me three attempts to actually finish A Game of Thrones, I do end up with a real sense of achievement after completing one of those tomes. In terms of sheer bulk of pages, the series racks up quite an impressive count, especially since (at least in the UK editions) two of the books in the series were split into two volumes for publication. However, for all it takes a while to get settle into the world of Westeros, I do believe that, for the most part, this series really is a page turner. The short chapters thus far allow Martin to create as wide a panorama as possible given the complexity of his cast of characters and the plots in which they’re entwined, whilst still managing the pace of the overarching story and the vast territory it covers.

If I do have one bug bear at the moment? 300 pages in and I couldn’t give a flying fu- monkey’s about whatever is happening at Winterfell. With Robb cleared out, and Catelyn always off elsewhere, there is very little reason for me to care about Bran, unfortunately. Sorry but unless something more thrilling happens soon I will consistently greet ‘Bran’ headlined chapters with a groan of disappointment. I want all the political backstabbing (often literal) of King’s Landing and all the scheming of the despicable Lannisters and, weirdly, I’m finding more and more wanting to know about the Baratheons. Weird, but we’ll see how long it lasts since there’s still a good… 500? pages to go. Expect to see A Clash of Kings as my Friday Reads for another week more at least!

What are you reading this Friday/weekend? Anyone excited to start a new book? I think it’ll be a while before I have the chance to start another, without feeling like I’m cheating on A Clash of Kings.