question of the weekend: What book are you reading right now, and what’s up next?

I’ve always got piles of books around me: books to read, books I’ve read and mean to write about at MaryAnnJohanson.com (and never seem to find the time to do so), books I feel like I should read but keep getting shifted to the bottom of the pile.

I’ve also sometimes got more than one book in progress. I started reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.], but it’s actually kind of dull, not terribly well written, and nowhere near as clever as it could be, so I sorta gave up on it, though it’s still sitting splayed open nearby, and every once in a while I pick it up and read a few more pages before I remember why I didn’t read it all right through in one rush; I’ll probably finish it eventually.
But the book I’m devouring at the moment is Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.], which I started because I figured that if it captured the imagination of someone like Peter Jackson, I’d probably like it too. And I’m loving it — it’s so original a concept and so beautifully written that I can’t put it down.

Next up, a book I only learned about last night, and can’t wait to read: Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.], which I’m told is Jane Austen with dragons. And since it’s Jo Walton, it should be waaay better than that zombie book. Walton wrote Farthing [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.] and its sequels, a mystery series that is like what might have happened if Agatha Christie and George Orwell collaborated on a whodunnit — I cannot recommend these enough. They’re amazing.

What book are you reading right now, and what’s up next?

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