It’s Monday! is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
I’ve spent most of the last three weeks reading Storm of Swords, the third book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. I also read Please Look After Mom, by Korean author Kyung-Sook Shin (review here).
Right now I’m reading What is the What, by Dave Eggers. This is a novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee from Sudan who was one of the “Lost Boys” – children who were orphaned during civil war in Sudan in the 80’s and 90’s and had to walk hundreds of miles to find refuge. It’s a compelling read written in a unique voice. I know next to nothing about Sudan, which is why I’m reading this book for the Giraffe Days’ Around the World in Twelve Books Challenge. I’ve also never read anything by Eggers before, and I figured he’s a writer I ought to try.
In the next month, I’ve committed to one review request (How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding), one NetGalley (The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord), and one classic for the Classics Club (On the Road by Jack Kerouac). You might be interested to know that io9′s Book Club will be discussing Karen Lord’s book on March 5.
I’m also excited about the latest Mercy Thompson book, Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs, coming out March 5.
In other book news, you might want to check out the announcement of the Nebula Award nominees posted on John Scalzi’s blog. The novels don’t look terribly interesting to me, although I would like to read Mary Robinette Kowal one of these days. There’s a fantasy/SF take on Jane Eyre, which looks dreadful to me, but then Jane Eyre and I have never been friends.
February Update on Challenges: I completed two reviews for the TBR Pile Challenge, and started one book for the Around the World Challenge.
So that’s what I’m reading. What about you?