Thursday, September 23, 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Current Reading

I love easy questions. This week Deb at BTT asks: "What are you reading right now? What made you choose it? Are you enjoying it? Would you recommend it?"

As usual for me, I've got several books going at the moment. So I'll just do a little list.

  • The Dark Half. Stephen King
    Reading for the RIP V Challenge. I chose it because it's perfect for the challenge, and it's been a long time since I've read anything by Stephen King. Also because I recently saw the movie made from the book, and wanted to see how similar they were. I'm only about halfway through it, and I'm enjoying it, with reservations. King can be a mesmerizing story-teller, but some of the book is a little intense even for someone like me who loves thrillers and scary tales. I actually had nightmares last night, after reading the book at bedtime. So I'd recommend it, but it should probably come with a warning label attached.

  • Cards on the Table. Agatha Christie
    Also reading for the RIP V Challenge. Also chosen because it's been quite a while since I read anything by the author (who is one of my favorites). I wanted to read something by Christie for RIP/V, and I chose this one because it features (in addition to its star, Hercule Poirot) Mrs. Ariadne Oliver (my favorite Christie character). I'm planning to read (or reread) all the novels with Ariadne appearing in them, and I believe this was the first. I'm enjoying it enormously and I probably would have finished it long ago if I hadn't been seduced by Stephen King. And of course I'd recommend it. How can you go wrong with Agatha Christie?

  • The House Next Door. Anne Rivers Siddons
    And one more for the RIP V (I love this reading challenge). Also a book chosen because I had seen the movie recently and even though it wasn't great, the story seemed very intriguing. And I had never read anything by Siddons, so I thought this might be a good time to try one of her books (although this one is very different from her usual output). I've only read a couple of chapters, but I'm enjoying it so far. But I'll have to wait until I'm done with it to know if I'd recommend it.

  • Juliet. Anne Fortier
    This is an advance copy, which I actually received before the book was released. I think it's been out for a couple of months now, so I've sort of missed the boat on this one. It hasn't dazzled me as much as I was expecting it to, but I'm enjoying it enough to keep going. It's a bit of a chunkster, though; so it might take me a while to finish. Again, I'll wait until I'm a little further along before I do any recommending.

And that's it. Now, what are you reading? Anything to recommend? I'm always looking for books to add to my already enormous TBR list, so feel free to tell me about your current reads in a comment. Or head on over to Booking Through Thursday and join in.


  1. I actually had nightmares last night, after reading the book at bedtime. So I'd recommend it, but it should probably come with a warning label attached.

    That makes me want to rush out and find a copy! I never get nightmares, so reading it would be an interesting experiment.

  2. I would never be able to read more than 1 book at a time. I know I would get the plot, characters, etc., mixed up. I haven't read a Stephen King book in years due to one book I had read, gave me nightmares for weeks.

  3. Gotta love Agatha Christie! And I've got Juliet on my TBR list. Not much for Stephen King (or anything else that's gonna give me nightmares after reading it....). Enjoy!

  4. I loved "The Dark Half" back in the day.

    It may be one of my favorite King novels.

  5. What a great list of books. I hope your enjoying them. I can only read one book at a time. Here's my Booking Through Thursday.

  6. Wow, I'm impressed! I can't usually read more than one book at a time, LOL. Sounds like some interesting stuff. I don't think I would even attempt to tackle a second book while I have a Stephen King going ~ he requires my full concentration. You are my hero!

  7. I'm not smart enough to read 4 books at once! I'm reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey.

  8. Agatha Christie always makes my day. i have to have plenty of time so that I can read it all in one sitting. I don't have Cards on the table but have always wanted to read it. The last one I read was Death at the Vicarage.

    I'm reading David Mitchell and Peter Carey, whom are both longlisted for Booker this year, but I'm digging their older works.

  9. I love Agatha Christie. Reading her always makes me smile.
    Here's mine!

  10. I had an ARC of Juliet and didn't really like the little I read; not my thing. Oh well. I think I was hoping for something more literary. Anyway I hope you enjoy all your books and have a great Sunday!

  11. Whenever I see an Agatha Christie on someone's list I want to pull out one of her mysteries.


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