Monday, July 27, 2009

Reviews coming your way soon!

Just a quick post to say that Allison and I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. We just took a little unintentional hiatus. :-) I've been traveling every other week since May and even though I've been home the last two weeks, I can't seem to get caught up at all. And Allison was traveling as well.

I have at least five book reviews to get up here, if not more. I've lost count because I've just been reading and not paying much attention. I promise to be back soon! I know, I've been a very bad book blogger lately! ;-)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Summer Reading

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 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...

Teaser Tuesdays - The Angel's Game

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Mine is from the gorgeous, intoxicating The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, page 95:

When the first breath of dawn touched the windows I opened my eyes and found the bed empty...I went through the whole house, which already smelled of her absence, and one by one blew out the candles I had lit the night before.