So, IÃ¢ÂÂm having one of those afternoons where itÃ¢ÂÂs dragging on for ages. So IÃ¢ÂÂm going to do one of these short and sweet blogÃ¢ÂÂs people have been doing here over the last few days!
The question is, what are people reading, or indeed what good stuff have people read over the last while. IÃ¢ÂÂm just about to finish a book I have been on for a while, and have nothing lined up to read for the first time in a while. So I thought I would ask you lot. Just like my email to the list this week, I have some time on my hands over the next while, so I could get through a few books, as well as play some games!
IÃ¢ÂÂll read anything. I suppose I donÃ¢ÂÂt really enjoy that much Sci-Fi, or else I would have picked something off the list Matt did in that blog a few months back.
I had a look at the BBC big read top 21, and I have read about 15 of those, and there are only two left that I would want to take a look at, Birdsong and War and Peace. Now the fact I know what happens in War and Peace having seen some crappy BBC drama of it, and the fact it weighs in at just less I do makes me think twice! I know birdsong is good, but I have read enough history type books to last me a lifetime over the last few years!
But IÃ¢ÂÂm wondering if there were anything else out there I just would not have seen yet that could be good. Just like my ma picked up Da Vinci code in a random shop, and we found a great author we had never heard of before..
So IÃ¢ÂÂm about to finish this book, Innisowen, itÃ¢ÂÂs the latest book from my favourite Irish author, Joseph OÃ¢ÂÂConnor (sane brother of loud, singing, wing nut, Sinead). Fantastic stuff altogether. Murder and strange Americans getting mocked in rural Ireland Ã¢ÂÂ what more does a book need. He would be famous at home for writing funny stuff, but every book (and a few plays wrote) he does is less and less a piss take, but he has some great lines and a bit like Roddy Doyle or Irving Welsh, he is great at writing funny dialogue.
Just before that I read the Da Vinci code, after my ma had read it in the space of a few days in America over Christmas, followed by the other 3 books Dan Brown wrote. I would highly recommend Angels and Demons, the book he wrote right before Da Vinci, far better than The Da Vinci Code in my opinion, and featuring the lead character, Robert Langdon, same kinda plot, but itÃ¢ÂÂs a far better story. I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait for his next book, out later in the year. Another of the Dan Browns Ã¢ÂÂdigital fortressÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ his first book, is ok. Its about the NSA and Cryptography, but it reads like a John Grisham, flowing nicely, but you know all along there will be about 7 twists in the tail. A good airport read :)
Just before that I read the 3 books in the His Dark Materials trilogy after seeing them in the BBC big read, loved them all. Only small down part, is the anti-religion bit gets more and more preachy as things go on. But the first book in the series is one of the best books I have ever read.
So what are the rest of ya reading then?