Happy Friday! I can’t believe that we’re already more than halfway through November. This year has absolutely flown by and I’m not sure where the time has gone! Fortunately, this also means that Christmas is inching ever closer. It’s nearly time to dust off your ugly Christmas jumpers and make a fool of yourself at your work’s holiday party.
This has been a great week for books because finally, after three years of waiting, Oathbringer is out! The third book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, we’ve been waiting on the release of this massive book for three years. Of course, that means it has been three years since I read The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, so I’m currently working my way through the audiobooks and the Tor re-read before I start Oathbringer.
What I read
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick
So I read two fantastic and very different books this week. I absolutely adored Murder on the Orient Express, which is basically my first Agatha Christie book (I think I read one when I was really young, but I don’t remember what it was so I’m not going to count it). So much crime fiction these days is graphic and gruesome that it was nice to get back to a much more sanitised mystery. Murder on the Orient Express is more like a puzzle than anything else, and I suspect her other books are the same. It was a bit strange that the whole ‘a man has lost his life in a horrible way’ thing was glossed over, but he kind of deserved it.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of the film Blade Runner (yeah yeah, go ahead and curse and scream at me — everyone else does), but I was really interested in seeing how Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Influenced that film and therefore the sci-fi genre. It was a little slow to start, but I ended up absolutely loving it!
What I’m currently reading
Nothing! I’m dedicating myself to Oathbringer once I work my way through that reread. It’s a strange feeling to not have a single book on deck, but this is a special situation.
What I bought
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
I bought my first ever book from Book Depository! I own the first two Stormlight Archive books in the American editions. I was fretting over whether or not to replace them with the UK editions, but those two books are signed. So I ended up ordering the US edition hardcover from Book Depository and it’s amazing! I didn’t know you could get different country’s editions from that site (plus free shipping)! My life is forever changed.
Strange Weather by Joe Hill
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.
I’m so thrilled by both of these books! I’ve never read anything by Joe Hill, and I’m seriously looking forward to Strange Weather. It contains four short novels in one volume, which is the perfect way to introduce myself to his work.
Look at this edition of The Man in the High Castle! It’s so gorgeous and I absolutely love it! This is one that I’m looking forward to reading soon. I’ll probably end up watching the Amazon TV show afterward.
In other news, I’m going to be heading to a marvellous charity bookshop tomorrow with friends. I’ll be unhauling/giving away a ton of my books. Hopefully I’ll come home with less than I give away!