Sunday, March 18, 2012

Good Week for Reading

This was a good week of reading for me. I finished up Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison. I learned about this book from all the Downton Abbey fan reading lists that were circulating the web in January and February. It was entertaining in a gossipy sort of way and a fun read.

After that, I finally got around to reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm not a big fan of reading books based on critical hype and general popularity, but sometimes the books are genuinely deserving of such success. This is a prime example.

Yesterday I finished reading Three Weeks in December by Audrey Schulman. This book grabbed my attention right from the introduction and never let go. It was one of those rare novels that I didn't want to put down and I didn't want it to end. I wish this author much success, she put a lot of work into this story.

Now I have moved on to Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) by Gail Carriger. This series has just been so much fun and I'm sad that this will be the last book. I really adore the humor in these tales.

I anticipate reading more books from my paperback collection as the stack is getting a bit high and wobbly and I need to cut it down a bit before they all fall over!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Night Circus

I recently finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This story is an absolute gift of wonder! I love these stories that bring your imagination out of hibernation and create their own little universe. I'd be interested in seeing this as a movie, if it were put in the right hands. I think we have sufficient technology that someone like Guillermo del Toro could do it justice.

Right now, I'm reading Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison. I wasn't really in the mood to read this but my mom bought it and dropped it off at my house and said I could read it before her. That kind of put the pressure on to get to it so she could read it as soon as possible. I'm on page 80 out of 354 and it's quite good so far. Harrison is a very engaging storyteller. My only beef is the chapters are so long there's really no good place to pause.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Little YA Fiction

I'm a bit behind in updating this blog but I've been reading plenty! I finished the last book I said I was going to tackle, Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) by Robin LaFevers. It was okay. As indicated in the title, it is book one of a series so it's mainly a set-up for stories to come. As such, it was not bad and I think the series as a whole will end up being pretty good. Who wouldn't like a series set in 15th century Brittany revolving around a group of young female assassins trained by nuns?

Last week I went to the store to buy dog food, with absolutely no intention of buying any more books. I failed. I got a copy of Blood Red Road (Dustlands) by Moira Young. I started reading it as soon as I finished the last book and I hardly put it down. I really enjoyed it. I think it caught my interest because I'm getting a little excited about the Hunger Games movie. The heroine of this story, Saba, could definitely give Katniss a run for her money. It sounds like the movie rights for this book have already been optioned and it'll make a great film someday!

Then, I just finished reading Point, Click, Love: A Novel by Molly Shapiro. Meh.