Eclectic Ponderings #3

Posted 2 June, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

Eclectic Ponderings is a new feature here on eclectictales.com in which I pose questions to readers and fellow bloggers on a variety of subjects (hence its eclecticism) that I can’t fit in any other blog post.

Oh, hey, look, another one of these posts πŸ˜› I was initially going to post these questions in my latest Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts post but decided to place my questions here instead πŸ™‚

  • I’ve been in a crime mystery/drama kick lately and whilst I have a few sitting on my TBR pile–Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling’s The Silkworm and Career of Evil, Donna Leon’s Death at La Fenice–I was wondering if you guys could recommend me any other authors/titles to check out? I’ve read the spectrum, I think (Scandi noir, historical mysteries), so the sky’s the limit!
  • Repeating this question from last time: I haven’t read anything by Eloise James yet but I heard great things about her books. I have The American Duchess on the wishlist but I as wondering where else to start…Which book(s) would you recommend I start with?
  • To those who have read Elena Ferrante’s standalones, which book was your favourite: The Days of Abandonment, Troubled Love, or The Lost Daughter? I plan on reading all three eventually but I’m debating as to which one to check out first…
  • Has anyone read Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden? I almost picked it up but decided to wait on it and think it over. Yay/nay/no rush?
  • And finally: when travelling outside the city/outside the country, would you rather bring a chunkster of a physical book or an eReader?



And that’s about all the thoughts I have for this round of Eclectic Ponderings! If you have any thoughts about the above questions, I’d love to hear from you πŸ™‚

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8 Responses to “Eclectic Ponderings #3”

  1. Incidentally, I /have/ read Winter Garden! Hannah’s books don’t generally appeal to me (this is the only one of hers I’ve read). I liked the historical story line but not the modern one. I kept reading mostly because I just wanted to find out what happened. I would probably call it ‘no rush’.

    When I travel for more than a couple weeks, I rely a lot on e-reading. I bring a few favourite books but I like the variety e-reading can offer me.

    • Thanks for your input about Winter Garden! I have her latest title on my TBR (The Nightingale) so I was wondering what her other books were like πŸ™‚

      Makes sense to bring an eReader when travelling for a considerable amount of time: plenty of choice to choose from. But then I also like the feel of carrying a physical book so I’m torn, lol (what’s new?) xD

      • I also had The Nightingale on my TBR for quite awhile before I read The Winter Garden! I actually didn’t realize they were by the same author until I looked it up afterwards ^^; The Winter Garden seemed to be marketed completely differently from The Nightingale (at least in New Zealand, where I read The Winter Garden). I’m still interested in The Nightingale, but less so after The Winter Garden…

        • Oh, definitely re: the marketing between the two books! Even with the North American covers, they’re such a stark difference; it also didn’t occur to me initially that both books were from the same author (and I did see The Winter Garden kicking around on GR and TBD whenever I’m browsing).

  2. If I’m travelling outside of the country, I usually take my kindle, but if it’s within the UK I prefer an actual book (though often with the kindle as a backup). Sadly, I can’t answer any of the other questions!

  3. I still need to read my copy of Cuckoo’s Calling and need to read more crime-mysteries in general so I’m afraid I have no recs for you…I will say that regardless of where I’m reading, I prefer books to e-readers though. I’d likely do audio in your case though too though – along with a physical book πŸ˜‰

    • I still haven’t really gotten into listening to audiobooks, if you can imagine! But I can see why it would be very useful to have with you on a trip πŸ™‚

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