My Reading List for 2017 (Sci-fi, Drama, Fantasy, YA, Humour)

True to the promise I made to myself I’ve ordered a pile of books. I’ve actually been wanting to read some for several years! I’ll be reviewing them all at some point so here’s what will (eventually) be coming up…

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Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger is a beautifully illustrated fairytale about a raven trapped inside the body of a girl who longs to be free.

Bossypants by Tina Fey her autobiography/collection of essays and other random thoughts.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a very unique reimagining of the old fairytale. Cinder is a gifted mechanic in New Beijing and also a cyborg. Hated by her step mother and blamed for her step sisters sudden illness her luck starts to turn around when she meets a prince where loyalty, freedom, betrayal and temptation collide.

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher about a teenager with a terrible secret who decides to confide in a man on death row.

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas about a young woman who comes across a very old a rare book which she has heard will curse anyone who reads it. This has elements of ‘real world’ time travel (as apposed to the sci-fi kind) so I was sold on that.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor about a student who also happens to be an errand girl to a monster who is basically like family to her. The door too the other world is closing and so it’s time to choose between the two.

What the F*** is Normal?! by Francesca Martinez who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two and has obviously heard many times and in many ways just how not normal she is. But what the f*** is normal anyway? Sure, I’ll identify with this a little from my Dyspraxia/Hypermobilty/(something like) MS point of view but more for the fact we are average women (in my opinion) of similar ages, who cannot understand why the society we live in is so judgmental and so obsessed with this elusive and somewhat bizarre standard of ‘normal’.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I love traditional fairytales and folk tails so I’m really looking forward to reading this story about a mysterious child who appears at a remote homestead in Alaska and the couple who wonder whether to take her in or not.

The Humans by Matt Haig. I used to chat to Matt a long time ago on Twitter just by chance and vowed to read one of his books so now I’m finally getting around to it. I’m about a quarter of the way through and I can tell by the specific things he chooses to satirise about the human race that we are fairly similar people, except in this story his protagonist is an alien on a mission.

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid is about a humanoid created to protect the girl she has grown up with, a senator’s daughter. She will give her life and take the lives of others in order to do so. When she goes undercover as the girl things really start to kick off in a rather ruthless manner basically.

Every time there has been a large gap in between me reading books I have to start off with the lighter or at least funnier one’s first so that it doesn’t feel like hard work. Thanks to Dyspraxia and sometimes ‘brain fog’ in general I have to concentrate a lot more than most when reading so as not to skip words or read them incorrectly as other similar words, therefore becoming rather confused. I’m glad I chose The Humans to read first as Haig’s writing style is so accessible I’m just flying through it!

Have you read any of these and what’s in your reading pile?

Chrissie

5 Fandom Friday – My Favourite Places To Read

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In Bed

I find it so easy to read in bed as there are no distractions and as reading makes me tire quickly it’s a great way to calm my mind after my body has given up hours ago and needs my mind to shut up the hell up.

In a big comfy chair in front of the fire at my folks house

When I’m around at my parents they can be a little full on with the talking and sometimes manage to not notice that I’m reading – even when I have a novel right in front of my face. Sitting in the cozy chair with a footstool in the back room in front of the fire is so relaxing. It’s like recharging my social batteries.

The bath

I’m one of those strange people who get bored with sitting in the bath for any great length of time. As I mentioned before I also get distracted easily but when you are, essentially stuck in a bath you can’t just wander off at a tangent. I don’t trust myself not to drop my iPad in there so it’s always (medium sized) paper backs. I still manage to get the bottoms of the pages wet though, who put that water there!?

On public transport

When I worked I used the 30 mins of travel time to catch up on reading my magazine subscriptions and the entertainment/going out section of the Manchester Metro and the Nemi cartoon of course. Handling more substantial news when half awake at 8.00am was not happening!

At the bloke’s when we are having ‘me’ time

We have an unspoken rule of ‘me’ time where we don’t interup each other. Whether he’s watching Bear Grills (killing animals for ‘survival’ when he could have chosen not to strand himself there for the fame and money in the first place – seriously, what a dick) or I’m reading blogs, Marie Claire or some YA fantasy thing involving dragons, it’s works. We are happy being alone together.

This post has made me realise how often I do actually read. It’s 04.43am, I’ve just finished proof reading this post and I’m going to bed!

Chrissie