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Summer Catch Up

23 Aug

I am very disappointed in myself for neglecting my blog.  I love writing this blog, love reading, and love sharing what I’ve read with others.  Still, life got the best of me and I just…stopped.

To kick-start my return as a blook bogger, I’ve decided to post a brief paragraph about each book I’ve read since I vanished.

Enchantment, by Orson Scott Card
nchantment, by Orson Scott Card

This is a very intelligent book!  I love novels that take fairy tales and adapt them (I’m very slowly writing my own version), and that is what this book does.  However, this pulls from Russian and Jewish folklore as well as the original versions of fairy tales.  I had to stop reading a few times and look up the stories that Card seems to expect me to already know.  Thank goodness for Wikipedia!  Because I wasn’t smart enough, this was a slow read.  There’s magic, romance, philosophy, history, and action.  When I got to the romance and action, I zoomed through it.  I’m very glad I read this book because it gave legitimacy to the genres that I enjoy.  It’s smart and fun, and it made me think!

Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King

Book Cover

Since it’s King’s newest book, I read this collection of novellas.  I’ve read all of his novels, but only randomly choose to read the short stories and novels.  I don’t really know how to describe my impression of the stories in Full Dark, No Stars.  If I said that it’s darker than his usual stuff, someone would undoubtedly point out that this is the guy who once wrote about a guy committing suicide by sticking his hand down a garbage disposal (Firestarter, I think?  I can’t get that image out of my mind!).  This is more realistically dark.  Rape, murder and relationships gone wrong are common themes.  There are still supernatural aspects, and I enjoyed the whole book.  To me, the title is very fitting and it reveals another facet of Stephen King’s world.

book coverMarry the Man Today, by Linda Needham

Of course there are romantic paperbacks on this list!  I just finished this book, and as historical romance goes, I’m usually not much of a critic.  So imagine my surprise when I realized that this book just didn’t do it for me.  The characters fell flat, the drama was always lacking something, and there didn’t seem to be any passion between heroine Elizabeth and Earl Blackstone.  There were cutesy moments but nothing much more than that.  I’ll be seeking out some new romance novels soon to make up for the disappointment!


I’m still here

6 Sep

It’s been a crazy month.  That being said, I’m still reading and will hopefully have any number of reviews coming soon.  Things I’ve been working on include:

Eat Pray Love
Anyone else sick of previews of Julia Roberts declaring, “This is my no carb left behind experiment!”?  This is not my normal book preference, and I doubt I would enjoy the movie.  However, a friend physically put the book in my hands as if there were no question I would read it.  I’m almost done but had to take a break because…

came out in the midst of my craziest time of year.  Still, I stayed up a couple of nights to finish this trilogy.  I’m still digesting this book; not sure yet how I feel about it.  Also, many friends haven’t read it yet so I’ll be waiting.  I think this will be a difficult review to write.

Time Traveler’s Wife
I read this about six months ago.  Now, as I catch this movie (movies are never as good as the book but I’m often fascinated) I think I’m going to be reviewing the book.  Also, I really like this author and will soon be reading Her Fearful Symmetry.  (It’s on the list at least.)