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September 28, 2013

Three books

Three books I've read recently (by recently I mean in the last two months) that I've been meaning to post about for a couple of weeks. I should talk about books on here more often, so I seem more intelligent and less superficial...


The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. I tried to buy this the day after the news came out that it was actually JK Rowling who'd written it under a pseudonym, but it had sold out everywhere. I pre-ordered and managed to survive the wait. This is her second non-Harry Potter book (I talked about The Casual Vacancy here) and it's a crime novel. The Cuckoo's Calling is more action-packed. I quite liked it, even though it got a bit slow in the middle; I'm re-reading it right now and I'm enjoying it more, now I know how it ends. In terms of the plot twist, it's a pretty good one and it wasn't too predictable or cheap. She also really nailed the characters in this, I did find myself rooting for the flawed-hero type protagonist. Overall I enjoyed The Casual Vacancy more but I don't regret buying this book, I know I'm going to come back to it on my bookshelf.


Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne Du Maurier (in a snazzy green). Since I read Rebecca, I'd been wanting to check out more of her work (she wrote The Birds, which the movie was based on). This one is a collection of short stories/novellas, and I loved them. I'm really into short stories with spooky, unsettling twists and these are perfect. In fact, I barely read this book properly because it was so suspenseful and I just wanted to find out what was going to happen. Definitely going to read more from her.


In A Glass Darkly by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (I folded back the cover because it's really really ugly). I first read Carmilla, a novella included in this book, a couple of years ago and I really liked it (it's about a lady vampire and inspired Dracula). These are all gothic horror and pretty disappointing, to be honest. The best one is Carmilla, and The Room in the Dragon Volant is good but predictable. The first story is about a guy who drinks too much green tea and starts hallucinating a monkey... so...

What are you guys reading right now? Any suggestions?

37 comments:

  1. I think I want to check out Don't Look Now and Other Stories. Possibly The Cuckoo's Calling, too. I had a hard time getting through a Casual Vacancy for some reason. It's still left unfinish! x(

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    1. I've heard people who didn't like TCV like The Cuckoo's Calling a lot more, so do give it a try!

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  2. I'm more a romance/drama reader and I decided recently to try
    the horror genre by Stephen King. So far I'm not creeped out yet,
    but I'm not finished with the book so yeah. I saw
    'Don't Look Now and Other Stories' book series before when I was
    on an airport. Kind of regretting that I didn't bought it back then where
    its dutyfree.... Xx

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    1. I've actually never read anything by Stephen King! I should start on his books next.

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  3. Great book tips! I´m definitely going to get these when ve read the ones I´m having now :)

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  4. These all sound so great! I really need to start reading for pleasure more often!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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  5. I am so enjoying The Cuckoo's Calling. I actually put it down first because I didn't know the author and I realized it was from J.K.R. I think that sounds bad, but I think that made me more attracted to it. But still, even if it wasn't her, it is still an awesome book so far :)

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    1. I'm the same, I probably wouldn't have picked it up (or heard of it at all) if it hadn't been written by her.

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  6. I have the Cuckcoo's Calling but I still haven't read it yet. For some reason, I'm having trouble starting JK Rowling's books that aren't Harry Potter related, haha. It's a bad thing since I've heard great reviews about her two books but everytime I think of Rowling, I automatically think of the Harry Potter series.

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  7. I'm a bit of a boring book reader, I take all the easy ones. Currently I'm reading Tin Tin's Destination Moon.

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  8. I love Daphne Du Maurier! Rebecca is the best, but I loved Jamaica Inn and Frenchman's Creek as well. Not read any of her short stories though, so I might look this one out, thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. I'll definitely check those out, thanks :)

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  9. I have no time to read ever! I have a collection of books that I've hoarded over the years, and the expanding library I have is increasing faster than I am going through them. I wish I didn't get head aches whenever I tried to read on my commute to class!

    And I don't think I have any book suggestions that are worth sharing, but I have a tendency to re-read all of Austen, as well as auto-biographies (after they have past, there is something odd about reading the auto-biography of someone who was still present)

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    1. I don't read while I commute for the same reasons, my primary reading time is in bed, before I go to sleep. I find it's a good way to relax!

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  10. Don't Look Now and Other Stories sounds seriously right up my alley. I'll have to check it out at the bookstore. I love books that leave me feeling unsettled afterwards. I don't know why I do this to myself, haha.

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  11. i was actually pleasantly surprised by the casual vacancy and although i don't ever read crime fiction i'm probably going to end up buying the cuckoo's calling one day just because it's by j k rowling. it's really nice to see her writing standing alone and being respected outside of the influence of harry potter.

    and i remember reading rebecca when i was in highs chool and although that's not really my main area of interest in terms of reading i remember actually quite liking it which says a lot because i didn't get to read many books i consider fun when i was in high school.

    little henry lee

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    1. Everyone is saying they read Rebecca for high school, but I never got that! To be honest though if I'd had to study it for English I probably wouldn't enjoy it anymore haha.

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  12. You SHOULD talk about books more often. I like the way you do it!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Maria

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  13. I barely have time to read anymore but I totally should! You have reminded me :)

    xx opinionslave.com

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  14. I'm glad you're writing about this as I am always on the look out for new good books to read :)

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  15. Oh, I had no idea that J.K. Rowling had written another book!! Going to check these ones out, I'm currently in need of interesting literature because I think I've spent too much time playing on my xbox, haha.

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  16. Right now I've finished The Perks of being a wallflower, and started "and the mountains echoed" by Khaled Hosseini, and looking for every possible book by Guillaume Musso, you should check 'em out! ^_^
    x
    http://pearldayz.blogspot.it/

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    1. I've heard so much about Khaled Hosseini's books, I think it's unavoidable that I should give them a go!

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  17. I'm definitely going to look into Don't Look Now and Other Stories when I get the time (and finish the books on my shelves that are still unread (it's depressing how I never really seem to read a book these days anymore). I'm currently halfway through the second book of 1Q84 by Murakami but I've decided to read more later since I'm totally weirded out now. And then there is still A spot of Bother by Mark Haddon and A little history of the World by Gombrich that I really want to read before 2013 ends.

    I really like your book-posts by the way! You motivate me to read some more :D

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    1. Haha I love that you've had to temporarily stop 1Q84 because you're too weirded out! I'm definitely intrigued now. A Little History of the World sounds like it would be interesting!

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  18. Ooh thank u for posting ur review for The Cuckoo's Calling! I was a little interested in this book actually & this was informative :)
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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  19. Sneaky Ms. Rowling! Ha! I just finished a book called "Into the Free" that I downloaded for Kindle because it was $1.99. I didn't regret it- it was an excellent read!

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  20. I loved The Cuckoo's Calling! I got on with it much better than The Casual Vacancy - which still remains unfinished on my bookshelf =S.
    Got to try 'Don't Look Now...', I'm trying to read more short stories, so this looks fab! xoxo

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  21. Now I'm really curious about Daphne Du Maurier's books. I'll see if I can find them over here.

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  22. Thanks for the recommendations! I always love myself a good book, it makes for a perfect day in bed. I have been meaning to read "The Cuckoo's Calling" but haven't gotten the chance, and same goes for "The Casual Vacancy." Thank you college textbooks. Now that part is over, and I've finally settled down, I hope to get the chance to resume reading as much as I can for pure bliss!

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  23. I'm gonna save this on favourites, because i'm always looking for some new books suggestions. Right now i'm reading "Valley of the dolls", yep, never watched the movie, so far so good.

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  24. Ooh I really wanted to read The Cuckoo's Calling but I have a whole stack of books in my room that I haven't finished yet. ): I'm reading Red Lotus right now - I've been reading a lot of books set in Asia haha.

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  25. hahaha so you seem more intelligent and less superficial. i love that~ omg that means im totally superficial. anyways, i would say that i'll read those books one day, but i know i wont because i still haven't finished the books that im currently on.

    xoxo Sarah (xlicious girl)
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  26. I loved Rebecca!! I will definitely look into her book of short stories, thanks for the rec :)

    Mili from call me, Maeby

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  27. I'm reading Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace (for class) and loving it! xo

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