So I can focus on reading books I have, I’ve put most of my library holds on “freeze”, so I keep my place in line while others move past until I’m ready to read the book.
I finished Enigma by Robert Harris, which was much more spy novel and much less code breaking than I would have preferred. I also read some short stories, one each from three collections.
Now I’m reading A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. This fantasy novel is written in the manner of a memoir by a woman scientist (Trent) in the natural history field at the end of the Nineteenth Century. The book opens when Trent is a young girl with a deep interest in nature, especially winged things. As she grows up her interest deepens to a scientific obsession about dragons, a little known species. She devotes her life to their study (in asides throughout the book it’s clear she succeeds). I’m about halfway through and enjoying the book, the story itself and both the writing style and the dry wit.
Barbara finished Jo Nesbo’s Nemesis and is now nearly finished reading The Skin Collector, a Lincoln Rhyme novel by Jeffrey Deaver. Next up for her is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which comes highly recommended. I may read it too.
Then, also from the library, in one of those rushes of books all at once, is Lifeless by Mark Billingham; she’s trying to catch up on his series, and another book by Jeffrey Deaver.
What are you reading?