Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Am, Have, Will (Reading, read)

 I am still reading - and loving - Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss. Fans of fantasy novels should really check out his trilogy. Book one is The Name Of The Wind and Rothfuss is an amazing storyteller.
    I'm half-way through Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I had no interest in reading this, but picked it up at my sister's over the holidays and read a few pages. It was very funny and I loved the writing and I have not been disappointed.
   I am trying to read The Official Biography of Vincent O'Brien, famous British racehorse trainer, but I'm having a hard time getting past the first chapter. So far it's been a lot of history and miscellaneous facts and anecdotes mixed in with description of his early life and the lives of his parents and grandparents. I hope it gets more interesting.
    I recently finished the two latest releases by Janet Evanovich. Notorious Nineteen, of her Stephanie Plum series, was just as good as the previous eighteen books. Wicked Business is the second in her Diesel and Lizzy series and it was also great.
    I read Dean Koontz's The Good Guy. It was one of his more recent books and it was one that I liked. When I first became a fan I read several of his books and many of them were formulaic - felt like the same story with slightly different plot scenario and similar characters - and I was very disappointed. But several of his books are great. My favorites are still the Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow books.
  In anticipation of what I have heard is Stephen King's only sequel, I re-read The Shining. I'm not sure I finished it the first time I read it many, many years ago. Back then, before I was a writer, I read his books for the story alone and didn't appreciate the writing the way I do now. I hated the story in Carrie, but heard some of it recently on an audio book and was mesmerized by the writing.
     I'm about to start the latest by Tim Dorsey, Riptide Ultra Glide. Dorsey's books are not ones I can recommend to anyone. The main character is a hyperactive, good-hearted, social activist serial killer and the story lines are insane and jump around everywhere, so they can be hard to follow, but funny and entertaining in a very twisted way.
     I don't have an actual TBR list but I am excited about the newest offering from Jim Butcher and can't wait to get it. I am most looking forward to what I have heard is the FINAL Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire book in the series by Charlaine Harris. I am devastated that this series is ending and I may have to write an entire blog post about my thoughts on this.


1 comment:

  1. I think I'll pick up King's The Shining, as well. I have never read it. After reading Pet Cemetery, I was too scared to pick up another of his books. I was single then and lived alone. Maybe since I have a husband and a dog, I won't be so afraid of King's work. Thank you for mentioning it, Jen. You gave me courage.