Its Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday, what are you reading? is now hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is a chance for us to share with other book bloggers what we have just finished reading, what we are currently reading and what we are reading next.

Just finished

The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard (Australian) (5 / 8)
Well, technically I didn't just finish it, but I did just finish the review so have a look if you are looking to read something a little bit different. I had a love/hate relationship with the book and the review includes a rant against underestimating young reader that came out of my experience of the discussion of this book at my book club.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (8 / 8)
This is the first full audiobook that I have ever listened to, and very soon I plan on having a post about my audiobook experience. It might be a little along that well worn lines of "Does listening to an audiobook count as reading?" I know that's a bit boring, but I might not be able to help myself. In the meantime, check out my 'non-book review' of it. It also has a link to a book related website that I think everyone will love. But you might not be able to turn the computer off once you get on it (that's my experience anyway), so be careful.

The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark (Australian)
I finally finished this monster of a book, which will be the last book for my Chunkster Challenge. It was very different to most things that I have ever read. I was enamored with the prose, and I can't wait for everyone to read my review of it.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
This is the second audiobook that I have ever listened to, and it was absolutely wonderful to listen to Stephen Fry narrate this magical story. The Harry Potter series will undoubtedly go down in history for some of the most amazing books ever written.


Currently Reading 

By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
I have wanted to read this for as long as I can remember. I no longer even remember how it was recommended to me. It has a dual attraction for me. First, it is supposed to be absolutely amazing writing. There seems to be some consensus out there that there is hardly any better, more talented, writing out there. Secondly, it is written by a Chilean activist, who was arrested during Pinochet's regime and only escaped by the lucky coincidence that his friends from school worked at gaol wardens and they smuggled him out. His books are all about literature and language and poetry, but they all also 'take the piss' (to use an Australian turn of phrase) out of Pinochet's dictatorship. My family in law are from Chile originally, and their family suffered significantly during Pinochet's dictatorship, so it something that is somewhat close to my heart.

So far, I am a third of the way through of this book, which is very small. It is very challenging though, I find myself re-reading the story, sometimes because I have to just to ensure that I am following the narrator's thoughts, and sometimes just for joy of re-reading some of the wonderful language. Mel U from The Reading Life recently reviewed some of his short stories, and I recommend you jump over to her blog and have a read.If you click on the name of her blog it will take you straight to the post.

Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott
Still reading this ebook, but because of the surgery on my eyes, I haven't been reading it lately. The font is too small. It is still an extremely quirky book.

Up Next

Who knows - that's the joy of reading!

9 comments

  1. I see that you're reading "Flatland" - I read that one not long ago, and did not really care for it. I hope that you enjoy it more than I did! :)

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  2. PS. Hope your eyes get better soon! :)

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  3. Thanks Becky. I am enjoying it I have to admit it, but I seriously hope that all the horrible stuff about women is fascitious!

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  4. I don't think that a post questioning audiobooks sounds boring at all. I have mixed feelings about it too!

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  5. I look forward to the audi book review, I have been tempted by one of these for long car journeys but my husband listens to then alot he says alot of audiobooks choose rubbish narrators which can ruin a good story.

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  6. I think audiobooks give a different experience. I read very quickly and tend to start to glaze over details to "see what happens." Audiobooks make me slow down and hear the details. My first exposure to Prisoner of Azkaban was on audiobook. That may have something to do with it being my favorite book of the series.

    I've only had one or two books where I couldn't listen to them because of the narrator. Most are very good.

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