Last Sunday I was in between books, wondering what to read next, and I did end up turning to manga again. I'd enjoyed volume one of Emma so much that I decided to continue on in the series. I had volumes 2 and 3 here and quickly read through them. Then when I looked up online about getting the remaining 4 volumes, I discovered that while volume 4 was readily available, volumes 5 to 7 seem to be out of print and were difficult to find online. I wonder why as it's such a great series, and they've just released volume 8, back stories on some of the secondary characters, in English. So essentially, you can easily buy volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 but not 5, 6, and 7. Strange. Anyway, I found a site where I could read it online and proceeded to read the equivalent of 4 volumes in about a day. What a wonderful story! Sigh.
Well, then I decided that since I'd already spent a good portion of the month with the Cullens, I'd better read the unfinished manuscript by Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun, that got leaked awhile back, to complete the experience. Like the other two books in the series that I read this month, I flew through it as well, and I was sad when it ended much too soon. But for now, except for the movie that I'm looking forward to finally being able to watch next month, I think I'm well and truly vampired out for the time being.
So, after that I finally returned to a review book of short stories that I'd already dipped into a bit and finished it this morning. As a result, this Sunday finds me also between reads. I really need to get back to reading some books for review, so I'm thinking it'll be either The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy, or Mother Superior by Saleema Nawaz that I read next. Biblical fiction or short stories. Hmmm....decision, decisions.
However I can't resist joining in Carl's third annual Once Upon a Time Challenge. I'd like to try for Quest the First, to read 5 books, but because I have quite a few other books lined up to read over the next 3 months, and two other challenges ending, I'm instead just going to officially sign up for The Journey. In other words, I'll read at least one book from the categories of fantasy, fairytale, folklore and mythology between now and June 20th. It's kind of too bad I didn't wait to read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, but I don't regret it since I was in the perfect mood for them earlier this month. Anyway, for the challenge I'd really like to read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint. And then if I have time, I'll try to finally get to some of these as well:
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
I've heard good things about all of these and wish I could read them all. Well I guess we'll just see how it goes. If you were me, which one would you read first?
Week in review:
Sunday Salon: Comfort Reads
Mailbox Monday Musings
Monster, vol. 1 - Naoki Urasawa (review)
Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer (review)
xxxHolic, vol. 1 - CLAMP (review)
Have a great week and happy reading!