Wednesday Reads #1 (February 18, 2015)

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Since I'm terrible with updates I've decided to put up another thing that should end up regular and since I have the most free time from uni at Wednesdays (a day I can hardly spell), it's gonna be a Wednesday Reads (yay!).
I'll start with listing all the books I've tagged as "currently reading" on my Goodreads account, the books on the top are the ones I'm actually reading at the moment, the rest is books I've started reading and put down for one reason or other. In each other post update I will summarise what I've read (out of the books I already started or out of the others lying around my flat) or what I've added to the currently reading pile.
At the moment, there are 26 books marked as currently reading, here they are:

#1 - Michael Chabon: The Mysteries of Pittsburg
This is the one I'm actually currently reading and hoping to finish today, tomorrow tops. I picked it up as a debut novel point of a 2015 reading challenge even though I actually own another two books by this author I haven't read yet (Telegraph Avenue and The Yiddish Policemen's Union - in Czech translation). I plan to read all of them in short time so I could buy The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay but I might actually buy it sooner just for the sake of buying it.

#2 - Nora Ephron: I Feel Bad about My Neck
A collection of essay that I'm reading because I want to get rid of the book. It's in Czech and I think the translation is particularly bad but I've already read quite a few of the essays so I'm keen on finishing it. However I can't promise it's gonna be soon, there might be something that's just more important...

#3 - George R. R. Martin: A Clash of Kings
I've started A Clash of Kings ages ago (December 2011 to be exact) and stopped about 50 pages from the end and I wasn't really interested in finishing it any time soon. However I decided to carry around my e-reader more and just slowly finish it, chapter by chapter (which actually means only couple rides to school). So I should be finally done with it and could more on to the next book (or the first part of the next book).

#4 - Jay McInerney: Story of My Life
I've bought this one about a week ago on one of my shopping sprees and started reading. It's actually quite good even for reading it in translation so it's one that's going to get read very soon I hope.

#5 - Nova Ren Suma: The Walls Around Us
This is one of the book I've received from NetGalley for a review (and I believe the review was already due but shh!). The problem with this one is that I have in only on my computer and I can't send it to my Kindle - that makes it difficult for me to read. However the book is quite intriguing so I think I will finish reading it - even if it should be only during lessons that I don't need to listen to but actually need to attend.

#6 - Ed Piskor: Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker
I knew about this comic book for quite some time but I've never got around to read it. Now I've got a copy from NetGalley so I'm going to finish it very soon. Sunday probably. I always binge-read comics on Sundays...

#7 - Brandon Sanderson: The Final Empire
It's the year of Cosmere and that means reading lots of Brian Sanderson. I've already started a bit of Final Empire and it's fantastic, I have to finish it until the end of February so that means next week (fingers crossed).

#8 - Julie Plec: The Originals: The Rise
I've never watched The Originals as a TV show but I did watch some episodes of Vampire Diaries and the original vampires always seemed intriguing so I've decided to give it a try (also via NetGalley).

#9 - Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere
Started about a year ago I never got past 25% on my Kindle but I feel like I'm very close to actually getting into it more. The story is great but it's never the right time to get into a Gaiman story. However with new semester I should be compelled to do some good quality procrastination so here's my option numero uno.

#10 - Vojtěch Lindaur: Glastonbury
I've written about this one before and never finished it. I actually want to but I'm not so much interested in non-fiction these day so it might be kind of hard to do so.

#11 - William Trevor: Bodily Secrets
This is one of the Penguin Great Loves, I've already collected several of these but read only one so far. I started Trevor's short story collection but then got to reading something else. However these small books are good for carrying around so I might be able to read it in my breaks from school or so on.

#12 - Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
I started to read this classic for a read-along but none of us readers got very far in Austen novels so I stopped halfway through. I just need to find the will to read it.

#13 - Michel Faber: Under the Skin
Michel Faber is very popular in Czech Republic right now so I've decided to pick up one of his book. I chose Under the Skin mainly because I wanted to see the film with Scarlett Johansson but I didn't finish it yet.

#14 - Virginia Woolf: Orlando
I love this book so much so I really don't want to finish it at all. I'm slowly consuming Woolf's amazing writing and her complex character with the notion of fluidity of gender - something that was unthinkable at her time. But I'm actually have to finish it soon because it's one of the books for a seminar I'm taking this semester.

#15 - Morrissey: Autobiography
Masterpiece I don't have time to read right now. But soon!

#16 - Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
An amazing piece of magical realism but it's quite daunting and also not easy to follow. So I think I might have to start again with this one.

#17 - Dodie Smith: I Capture the Castle
A brilliantly written book, almost a classic I'd say. But it's quite thick so I don't know what to do with it now.

#18 - Peter Anghelides: Torchwood - Another Life
A Torchwood companion novel that I want to finish so I could get through another few I have but the time's just never right for reliving these memories.

#19 - Jo Nesbo: Headhunters
Another Scandinavian crimi (or a thriller maybe?), this one I actually want to finish really quick since I'm halfway through but it wasn't the right time yet.

#20 - John Green: Zombicorns
This is my first foray into a John Green something and I was really disappointed there were no zombie unicorns. Also I didn't really like the writing and the plot wasn't very interesting. I should probably finish it since it's like what - 50 pages long, maybe shorter, but I don't know if I want to.

#21 - Cornelia Flunke: Inkheart
I bought this trilogy very cheap and started to read this one but life happened and I forgotten all about it. Now it's waiting for me to read it and I really hope I'm gonna do it soon.

#22 - Pierre Choderlos de Laclos: Dangerous Liaisons
I was supposed to read this last semester for a class I was taking and then read something else instead so I ended like halfway through. Now it's sitting on my bedside table at my parents' house waiting for me when I have nothing else to read.

#23 - Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon
I don't remember where exactly I stopped reading but it was mainly because I've read it on my Kindle and I use it mainly when I'm travelling and I kind of didn't commute from Prague to my hometown for a while or when I did I had university reading to do so I never continued even though it is actually quite short read.

#24 - Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus
I'm about 50 in and I like it but it's not one of the books that would keep me reading and not put it down so there's some other time to read this one.

#25 - Alice Sebold: The Lovely Bones
I started reading this again because of the film and I've actually seen the film now, thought it was stupid and the book wasn't much engaging either. I might or might not come back to this, either way I'll decide about it this year.

#26 - Henning Mankell: The Man From Beijing
I love Scandinavian crimi and I like this book but I had a copy from a library and never finished reading it. And now I have other Mankell's book to read so I plan on buying a copy of this one after I read the White Lioness (a Wallander book).

As for all these books, I plan to read or cross out all of these by the end of the year, we'll see if I succeed.

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