I knew I was supposed to do something this year! I was going to keep track of the books I’ve read and my impressions of them. *blush* Unfortunately, it’s halfway through the year! Oh well, better late than never.
Here are the books that I’ve read recently.
1. Forrest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan. I wasn’t sure I’d like this one going in, but I devoured it in one sitting. Then went out and bought the sequel.
2. The Red Tree – Caitlin Kiernan. While I didn’t care for the ending, this was so beautifully written that I had to stop and re-read several times. The format was a little different as well, which made it a unique read.
3. Chicks Dig Time Lords – Anthology of short stories and memoirs about women’s experiences in the Dr. Who fandom. Interesting and fun read, but only for hardcore Dr. Who geeks!
4. Vision in White – Nora Roberts. Great characterization as usual. Nice, easy going storyline. Happy ending.
5. Bed of Roses – Nora Roberts. See #4
6. Demon’s Lexicon- Sarah Reese Brennan. I wish I would have read this when it first came out! It was great – and I was so pleased it started out in Exeter where I went to school! Characters were great and there was a fun twist at the end. I can’t wait for the sequel that comes out this week!
7. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin. I have to say I’m still slogging through this one. It’s beautifully written and the characters are amazing. I think I connect with them a little too much, since I can’t make myself continue reading when I know horrible things are going to happen to them! However, it’s a very heavy read and you definitley have to be in the right mood.
8. The Dead Tossed Waves – Carrie Ryan. Wow, another one that hooked me and didn’t let go. Her writing is so beautiful and evocative – and her characters practically leap off the page.
9. Glimmerglass – Jenna Black. I bought this one for the gorgeous cover, but what a fun book. Puts a bit of a different spin on the typical faerie story. And mmm, two of her male characters are just yummy. Unfortunately one of them isn’t really a main character. I’m hoping she does something with Finn in a later book.
10. The Iron King – Julie Kagawa. I was thinking this would be another typical teenager-turns-fairy book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It has a fun, steam-punky element that was unusual, and I have to say I’m definitely looking forward to book 2! It’s supposed to come out next month. What good timing *grin*
What have you read recently that you’ve loved or hated?
I recently read Savor the Moment (Book 3) by Nora Roberts. I didn't like that one so much. I also read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which was amazing. The best book I've read this year was Self Help by Lorrie Moore. It's a collection of short stories, and it just blew me away!
Hmm, I've been putting off that last Nora Roberts book, sounds like I'm not missing much. And I've never read any Sylvia Plath – I am really going to have to do that one of these days!
After my one favourite character in GRRM's book dies, I forced myself to keep going. Then, why the only other character I liked died, I found that the books weren't worth reading anymore. I know they are supposed to be great. I know that they are supposed to be "the" example of the "new" fantasy. I didn't enjoy myself.
I had more fun reading "The Cipher" by Diana Pharaoh Francis, instead.
I hope to see my name on your list at the end of the year! 😉
Krista – you will DEFINITLEY be on my list at the end of the year!!! 😉
I haven't actually read any DPF – I will have to check her out!