A Week in Words: March 19th 2017

Just a little introduction. I am aiming to do a post like this every Sunday as a kind of round up to my week. I will post about what I have been reading this week, any new books I have bought and general book news.

This week I have neglected my reading a little. I am currently reading two books; Catch 22 by Joseph Hellier and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I have only made a little progress on one of these books and that is Catch 22.

I am enjoying Catch 22 so far. The way it is written means that it jumps all over the place quite a lot and can be quite hard to follow at times but I do still love the story. The story follows a group of men from cadet training to fighting in Europe during World War Two. Although the topic is pretty serious the story is very light hearted and funny. Most of the men are trying to avoid active duty. I think the reason I am taking my time with this book is because, as I said before, the story does jump back and forth through the timeline a lot so it can be quite difficult to figure out when certain events actually happen. Despite this I am going to persevere as it is a very funny novel and I have only heard good things about it.

I have not picked up Ready Player One this week. I need to stick at it as I do not have a lot left to go but I just can’t love this book. I find the story boring and I don’t particularly care about any of the characters. I really don’t like giving up on books though so I am going to try and get a big chunk done today!

Also this week I have started listening to the audiobook of Under The Dome by Stephen King. I am a HUGE fan of Stephen King and I have read this book before. It is a big book but it is one of my favorites of his. King is known for being a horror writer but I would say this is more of a thriller (and a bit of sci fi too, without going into too much detail!). I find audiobooks are really good to listen to when I just want to relax but I find I often find I end up falling asleep and have to rewind big chunks of the story. I also find it easier to listen to audiobooks if it is something I have already read in book format. The book is narrated by Raul Esparaza. He has a very emotive voice which keeps the story interesting. I started this yesterday and I’m already about 25% of the way through!

Every year I do the Goodreads reading challenge. One thing I am never sure of is whether to include audiobooks in the challenge as it is not technically ‘reading’. Would love to hear your thoughts on this one. Do you do the reading challenge with Goodreads (or somewhere else)? If so do you count audiobooks in your challenge?

Lastly I thought I’d make a quick mention of the new Dark Tower and It films. As I have already said, I adore Stephen King and these are two of my favourite books by him. From the photographs I have seen for It I am really excited to see this. The casting is amazing and Pennywise looks TERRYIFYING. A trailer was shown at SXSW and I can’t wait for this to be released publicly. But Dark Tower, I am not so excited about. I am unsure on the casting of Idris Elba as this changes the story and character quite a lot. It will be interesting to see if they deal with the civil rights and race issues that the book deals with but I am unsure how that will work. I have also read that this film is actually set after the last book in the series. Even though I have not read the last book yet (I just can’t bring myself to do it yet, I am not ready to say goodbye to Roland Deschain quite yet) I do know roughly how the story ends. If the film is to be set after the books end, then the casting choices and story changes they’ve gone with could make sense.

So that’s my week in words! What books have you been reading this week? Are there any film adaptions of books that you are particularly looking forward to this year?

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