As I become more neurotic in some things, I become less so in others. I have given up on trying to read things because I feel like I should. (A bad habit instilled in me from being a Lit major.) This summer, instead of trying to finally get through War and Peace, I read whatever I felt like. I'm not sure how often I'll feature what I'm reading here because not everything I read is really worth sharing, but I'm thinking that at least once a month I'll give you my personal recommendations.
I love the HBO series "True Blood", so it's no surprise that I plowed through the Stookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris (also known as the Southern Vampire series). There are ten of them and I've been loaning various ones out to a lot of my friends. The first three are a little slow, the fourth one is amazing but is sort of unique as far as the plot of the whole series goes, and I could not put the last five down. Seriously. I was trying so hard to wait until after this last season of TB ended before I read the 10th book, but I couldn't wait. I hope Harris comes out with the next one soon.
J likes both fantasy/sci fi and young adult books. After he convinced me to read the Harry Potter series last year (and I shockingly really liked it) we both read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. For YA lit, it's really good. So I was excited to see Rick Riordan start a new series of novels, also based on mythology- this time instead of Greek, Egyptian. I read The Red Pyramid early in the summer and it wasn't bad. I'm interested to see how the series develops.
Let's see... also of note... in the past few months I've read Eat, Pray, Love (meh), The Debutante Divorcee (not bad!), Twilight and New Moon (ugh, I fear for the the youth of America), The Moonlit Earth by Christopher Rice (Who I love! But I thought this was his worst novel.), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (All so graphic, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. I really loved the first one, which is why I suffered through the second one... I still haven't finished the third one.), The Buenes Aires Broken Hearts Club (also, not bad), Summer at Tiffany (very cute), Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman (very different but I really enjoyed it), and Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson. I really love Joshilyn Jackson. She does a great job of writing about the South like a native, without being immune to its many flaws. Her stories are always compelling and they are unpredictable without making you feel like you've been mislead about the characters or their history.
Right now, I’m reading the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke- mysteries that have a baker as the main character. Every other chapter has a recipe at the end! They're light but really entertaining and they always make me want a cookie.
P.S. Why is blogger so funky with its formatting? I worked on getting the spacing in between the paragraphs on this post where they were supposed to be for almost an hour before I gave up and published it as is. Sorry.