As the pile of Books That Must Be Reviewed grows ever taller, I have been playing hooky! It's too hot for high literature, which doesn't seem to travel well to the beach. And with the summer comes my compulsion to re-read. This is what I've been up to:
The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde: I haven't re-read these since the fifth (and long-awaited) installment came out about two years ago. The first in the series is The Eyre Affair, which introduces Thursday Next, a Literary Detective in an alternative version of 1985. Time travel, travel within books, literary jokes, rampant punning, re-engineered dodos, characters from classic literature turning up in the real world...you can see why it's hard to summarize them. I thoroughly enjoy this series every time I read it, and I always, always cry for the last couple chapters of the fourth book, Something Rotten.
And I did it, I read Twilight. And I can barely wait to read the rest of the series, even though the end of the book was a bit lame, almost as though Meyer got almost done, then realized that something should happen in the book. Still, addictive and fun. I was sure that I would hate it, but I was enthralled. Excellent summer reading.
I'm headed out of town and packing ONLY books I need to read for review. Now, it so happens that I accidentally had Amazon send my Twilight sequels to my parents' house, which is where I'm headed...