five book meme

Oh, a book meme, how can I not respond :-)

1. The book(s) I’m currently reading – unsurprisingly I have quite a few on the go at the moment, some dating back months:

  • Amberjack
    Amberjack

    (p) Kraken by China Mieville – I would like to finish this one though by the halfway point it is turning into a bit of a slog

  • (p) Cloudstreet by Tim Winton – started around the same time as Kraken and I’m enjoying it but I keep getting distracted by other (Miles) books
  • (e) Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes & Erik Conway – I heard Naomi speak at Sydney Writers’ Fest and found her thesis intriguing
  • (p) Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I have never set foot on and never will by Judith Schalansky – this is delightful book, each island effectively being a short story that I dip into occasionally. Beautifully bound and printed yet still about the cost of a paperback in Oz.
  • (p) Amberjack: Tales of Fear and Wonder by Terry Dowling – a collection of short stories I dip into from time to time. I’ve read several of his books and am fond of his writing.

2. The last book I finished:

(e) Sanctus by Simon Toyne. I have a soft spot for conspiracy tales and I really enjoyed this one. Never managed to finish a book during filmfest but having this on the kindle made it a lot easier to read here and there, in the gaps of the day.

3. The next book I want to read:

I think now that I’ve finished off the Miles series and now Sanctus, I’d like to get back to Merchants of Doubt  as it was very easy to get into and I’m keen to finish it.

4. The last book I bought:

(e) Sanctus by Simon Boyne – spotted this in a bookshop for AU$26 and decided not to buy it. Got home and happened to check online and was able to get it for the kindle for US$7.

5. The last book I was given:

People rarely give me books these days as I can be tricky to pick for, at least in part because I may already have the book. A friend did quite well for my birthday last year and bought me not one, but two books! Neither of which I had:

  • (p) The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi
  • (p) The Most Beautiful Libraries of the World by Jacques Bosser and Guillaume de Laubier

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