What Books Are You Reading These Days?

What Books Are You Reading These Days?

Here at Kotaku, we don't just play video games all day and night. Sometimes, we read. Sometimes we even read books! Wild, I know.

I've read a few good books lately, and wanted to check in to see what you all have been reading. For my part, I recently finished Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, which I liked a lot, as well as a spontaneous re-read of Stephen King's The Stand, which in some ways has aged poorly but in most ways that matter still holds up. I'm currently in the early chapters of Gene Wolfe's Shadow and Claw, which seems awfully good so far. It's pretty thick going at first, but extra rich. I'm looking forward to reading more.

OK, your turn. What have you been reading lately? Is it good? Sound off below.


    At the moment about half way through Beyond the hanging wall - Sara Douglas

    So far it has been setup well, so now to see if it lives up to the possibilities.
    Previous to that i was reading some 50s sci-fi which was interesting and a bit odd

    Recently finished Rosie Project and Rosie Effect which i thought were quite good Rosie effect was not as good as the project but still alright. After that i got caught up in the American Sniper hype and read that which i thought was alright first Iraq/Afghanistan war book i have read and i liked it.

    Currently ready the Reaper which is about Nick Irvine another Sniper which is no where near as good as American Sniper but will tie me over for a few weeks.

    After that i plan to get back into reading Michael Jordan the life and then filter through all of my other older books.

    Currently reading Divergent Trilogy. Don't see what the fuss is about to be honest.

    The whole he loves me this page, he loves me not this page, she loves me this page, she loves me not this page got tiring real quick.

    And I don't really understand why the author has to "thank god" every time in her afterwords comments.

    Thankfully, I'm only the last book Allegiant...

    Next will be moving onto Maze Runner.

    Half read the Hungering Saga before the Reaper got released, pretty much knocked that over in about 2 days flat before going back to the Hungering Saga.

    Also finished the Paladins by David Dalglish, after reading Book 5 of the Shadowdance Saga.

    He writes so fast at times it's hard to keep up, but I haven't read anything of his that I didn't like, so I'd highly recommend it.

    I'm part way through The Steel Remains by Richard K Morgan.
    I'm a fan of his Altered Cardon trilogy (Sci Fi) and this one pretty good so far.

      Yeah good book, great author, I loved the Takashi Kovacs trilogy (remember, it's a hard Slovic 'Kovatch', not 'Kovacks' lol).
      Black Man was OK as well, not as good as Takashi trilogy but.

        Yeah I especially like Woken Furies, some hardcore Takashi on Takashi action.. oh yeah...

          Yeah man, the Takashi Kovacs trilogy is so good. So much sci-fi, so much tech, so much violence. Actually I got onto the series from a recommendation in the comments section of this site.

          The premiss of Woken Furies was great (Kovacks hunting Kovacks).
          Black Man I struggled with. Couldn't get into it. I'll have to try again sometime.

          I'm enjoying The Steel Remains so far. Ringil is similar to Takashi in his "I don't give a fuck" badassness, which is great.

      Those Kovacs books are fantastic! Not a fan of The Steel Remains so much tho.

    I just read Nicholas Nickleby. Excellent.

    Hoping my copy of Scott McCloud's The Sculptor arrives soon so I can tuck into that.

    I would say I've been reading The Moons of Mirrodin, but the truth is I'm a couple chapters into it and never seem to have to time to devote to it.

    Marvel's Civil War

      Great read, one of the best marvel events.
      Make sure you check out Secret Invasion, Siege and Fear Itself.

    The Martian

      Just finished reading it - couldn't put it down. Gave it to the girlfriend right after I was done and told her to stick her nose in it too.

        I hope you are referring to the book in that last sentence, otherwise I feel sorry for your girlfriend.

    Slowly working through Infinity Gate, 3rd book in the Darkglass Mountain Trilogy by Sara Douglass, this is her 3rd Trilogy I have read in the last few months, gonna be sad when its over, no more Axis! May go onto Robin Hobbs Rain Wild Chronicles after, still waiting on The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss.

      Does Darkglass Mountain tie in with The Wayfarer Redemption books?

        Hi sorry I just saw this, yes it does, it's another Axis Trilogy

          Ah excellent, thank you. I'll have to re-read the others and get on to these ones as well :)

            Well its an Axis Trilogy but its set in another part of the world if that makes sense, so you prob wouldn't have to re-read the others to know whats going on.

    I've been reading the Jack Ryan books by Tom Clancy. I'm up to "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" I've been reading them in chronological story order, not published order

      That would be a good read. Those Tom Clancy books got me into reading! Actually, it was playing Rainbow Six, then reading the book, that got me started.

    I have been reading a series of books called Meta. It is about people gaining super powers through "metabands" with a Batman wanna be thrown in for good measure. Not a bad series so far (only 2 books) but thanks to Kindle Unlimited I am much more willing to check out random books and see if they get my attention.

    Just finished the 50 Shades books (figured I'd see what 90% of my female friends on Facebook have been carrying on about). I can see why it's caused a stir amongst some women, but really it's just Mills & Boon for the digital age.

    Now I'm finally taking advantage of my Marvel Unlimited subscription and reading up on Avengers before jumping into the Infinity event.

    I'm stuck about halfway through Brent Weeks' The Black Prism. Really enjoying it, but haven't had the time to read for over a month... really should make some time to get back to it.

      Take your time, he decided to split what should have been the 3rd and last book into a 4th. I found out when I hit the cliff hanger at the end of the 3rd book. Waiting for the 4th to come out, in November I think.

    Been re-reading the Belgariad by David Eddings. Really is a shame Eddings was so against having his works made into anything more modern than an audio book.
    Speaking of Audiobooks, also just finished listening to "Homeland" on audible by R.A. Salvatore, first time delving into any of the Drizzt fiction (or really any DnD novels) and it was pretty enjoyable.

      Yep good series that one. Belgarath The Sorcerer was good too, Polgara not so much, but it filled in some gaps. The Mallorean (?) wasn't nearly as good as Belgariad though, too much chasing the tail in that and boring horse riding

        The Mallorean really did drag on in some spots and relied far too much on the "things that happened before will happen again until the cycle is broken" schtick that Eddings was so fond of. Belgarath is the book that's the most fun for me to re-visit from that world, although overall the Elenium is my favorite work of his and for me personally, the series that holds up the most upon re-reading years later.

          Ahh Sparhawk, Sephrenia, Flute, Kurik, Bhelliom, the Troll Gods... good times, good times :P

      Redemption of Althalus was also a good read by Eddings... couldn't really get into his Younger Gods series but read them all nonetheless

        Did you pick it up because the cover art looks like Garret holding a cat?

    Wheel Of Time - Fires Of Heaven. Really hoping to finish the series this year. This book is dragging on so far I gotta say

    Just finished Stardust by Neil Gaiman. About to start Revival by Stephen King.

      I just finished Revival. One of King's better books in recent times. The ending was a little disappointing, but overall the story of both men's lives intertwined was very well done. Enjoy!

    About to start book 3 (not including the prequel) of The Wheel of Time series. Seriously enjoying the series so far.

      There's an extended dry patch in the middle of the series, but stick with it! Its ending is very satisfying.

        How many books, total?

          There are 14 (core) Wheel of Time books. Of those, I thought three or four of them were particularly dull (books 7-10).

            I think the problem with 7-10 as you say was that there wasn't much actually happening because RJ was struggling to progress about a dozen different perspectives. He bit off more than he could chew, really. Massive props to him though, because he did a great job regardless.

              That's about what, 3000 pages of not much happening? I'm not sure I'd have that kind of perseverance.

                It's not so much that nothing happens, but more that lots of stuff happens simultaneously, such that no one character's story arc advances in a really satisfying way.

          14 books (plus a short prequel), although the last three were written by Brandon Sanderson after RJ passed away.

        Will do! Guess they can't all be zingers =/

      I'm half-way through the first book, on about my 20th reading of the series. Every time a new book came out I'd read the whole series. To be fair, I read quite a few of those series readings when they only consisted of four or five books :-) This will be the first time I have read all 14 books, as I haven't touched the last one yet (couldn't bring myself to admit it was finally over...)

    Re-reading Necronomicon - HP Lovecraft Tales.
    Also reading a bunch of Steven King, (just started The Shining, just finished Thinner)

      Lovecraft had an amazing way with words, in that macabre sense. People don't write like that any more.

    Just finishing off the Shards of a Broken Crown (the last of the Roo/Erik/Midkemia/Krondor quadrilogy, set post-Tsurani rift-war). Good stuff. Then I'm planning on re-reading the Matthew Reilly books for a good bit of de Vinici code / Indiana Jonesesque shenanigans.
    Only problem with reading the Reilly's on Kindle is that you miss out on the great maps that are included with the dead tree versions. That's the one big thing that books win over the kindle, kindle just doesn't do maps well. My kindle anyways, others with different models might be better, i dunno.

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    Avatar: The Promise (All volumes) right now then ... something. I have a huge backlog of books and comics (Thank you Humble Bundle...) that's nearing the size of my gaming backlog. Things need to stop being so available and cheap.


      I still have to send you those books! I am the WORST.

        I didn't want to say anything... :-)

    Waiting on Flight of the Eisenstein and Fulgrim to arrive from the Black Library so I can continue reading the Horus Heresy. The first 3 books were great and I can't wait to get the rest

    Reading through all the english-translated Witcher Books by Andrzej Sapkowski.
    Maybe then re-play The Witcher and The Witcher 2, before Witcher 3 comes out. Or perhaps I'll skip the first two games and jump straight into Witcher 3.

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