Let’s play a reading game!

Noobies BookshelfLet’s play a game. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours! Grab the book closest to you, turn to page 59, and add the fourth sentence on that page somewhere into your next blog post.

“Could you at least pretend to comb your hair?” she asked. “It looks like you have a hedgehog nesting on your head.”

from – Feed by Mira Grant

Yesterday, March 29th, Soozling over at Three Cats on a Sofa tagged me in a reading meme and I thought: “Hey, what a fantabulous idea! I like books and writing and stuff and this is another good way to get fingers swishing along the keyboard as the grey matter gets it’s creative groove on!”

So let’s share our thoughts on what books we’re reading!

The idea is quite simple, here are the rules:

  1. Take a picture of the books you are reading currently and add them to your post.
  2. Describe the books and if you are enjoying them
  3. For every book you are reading, you have to tag one person.
  4. Leave the person a comment letting them know you tagged them.

The bookshelf on my desk may looked crammed but it’s actually pretty sparse at the moment, a lot of my books are tucked away in boxes or on other folks’ bookshelves waiting to be read! I don’t like parting with books for good but a few weeks ago I carted 2 boxes of them to the charity shop. I don’t have the room and I’d rather they earned money for Cancer Research than sit gathering dust.

I’m currently reading 2 books and this is what I think of them:

Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira GrantThis is quite an apt book at the moment. It’s based around many years after a zombie outbreak, nothing new for that specific genre for sure, but it is told in a fresh way. The main characters are bloggers and report on different aspects of the ongoing zombie problems, one reports the news and facts, another is all about action and sensationalism and the third writes fiction.

The plot centres around a Senator running for the Presidency and the bloggers are invited to follow his campaign. There’s a lot of information about blogging which can be a bit much to wade through, but it is spaced quite nicely with action. As the story progresses the suspense is building nicely, and there’s a decent mixture of mystery surrounding a plot to damage the Senator’s chances at becoming the next Big Cheese.

I’m about half way through and it’s just started to get very interesting. I’ve read a fair few zombie books and the reason why I like this one is because there are very few zombies in it! The story is more concerned with the world living with the constant threat of infection than actual decaying zedheads.

The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues by George Choundas.

The Pirate Primer by George ChoundasLong title huh? If you like pirates and swashbuckling fun then you need to read this book! It’s not a story but a concise dictionary/thesaurus/historical record of pirates and the language that surrounds this wonderfully colourful era.

I’ve been interested in pirates since I was a kid and dreamed of roaming the seas with the skull & bones flying in the sea breeze. After being so enthralled by Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew I searched for a book that could explain some of the terminology. The Pirate Primer has some wonderful entries like:

From the Insults section: “There is more life in a small, dead fish than in all your slow body!”

From the Retorts section: “You needn’t be so husky with a man.”

The book covers more than just the lingo, there are sections related to cultural terms, greetings & partings, where the sayings originated from, how and why certain words are used in the right or wrong way… It really is a great piratey book, argh so it be, lad, without neer a doubt!

New book for my research – SAS Survival Guide by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman

I’ve just bought a tiny book all about the art of survival, mainly as research for my novel but partly out of curiosity. I’ve not read much, just skimmed it, but it seems pretty cool, but oh so tiny! You can just about see it in the photo, it’s the one laying on its side with the orange spine, to the left of my ace neon pink watch!

So there it is, my current reading list!

Now I shall hand the torch to over to the next person! I want to know what you are reading! So I nominate:

May you both do the “Let’s play a reading game” proud!

10 thoughts on “Let’s play a reading game!

  1. Hi Noob,
    I’m ashamed to say since blogging I never have time to read books now. I read blogs instead 😦 Looks like your torch is going to be burning awhile longer!

    I do plan to read a book called “The state of fear” when I am on holiday soon and will not have access to the internet for 2-3weeks!
    Have you read it?

  2. The title sounds familiar, that’s a Michael Crichton book isn’t it? How will you survive without internet for that long?

    I admit my reading has slowed up in the last 6months or so due to spending so much time reading blogs too, which is why I often wake up in the night with a book stuck to my face!

  3. Hi Noob…thank you…this could be fun…I will have to do it from home…my boss might frown on me reading a book at work…blogging doesn’t count…there is always alt tab!

  4. Hi NC yes it is Michael Criton.
    Not sure how I’m going to manage without the internet, I have an iphone but I don’t know how to use it! I will miss you all 😦
    My daughter is moving into a new house in France so I’ve been prewarned re no internet until they get it set up – and the French do nothing in a hurry!
    Hey Ho

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