Right now I’m reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith; picked it up after it was mentioned in last week’s book thread at AoSHQ. Set in 1953 Stalin USSR, this is so far more horrifying to me than an horror novel. I can only read it a couple of chapters at time because it keeps getting to me. Since the main character is an officer in the MGB, I think I can call this a Secret Police Procedural.
Apart from that, my 2014 reading has so far been mostly duds, with the exception of Bitter Kingdom, which is the conclusion to a YA fantasy trilogy by Rae Carson, and Electra, which is the conclusion to Kerry Greenwood’s uneven Delphic Women trilogy.
I do not know if I’ve just become a cranky reader lately, but it seems easy to get me turned off – unlikable characters and authorial pc preachiness are my reader allergens.
So, what have you been reading lately and what are your reading pet peeves?