I've been lost in the world of vampires and werewolves all weekend. Instead of starting on one of the review books waiting here for me, on Friday I decided to start Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. I think part of it was because I was already in the mood for a vampire story, and my copy of As Shadows Fade has been delayed, but I felt like it was just calling out to me to be read. I hadn't intended to read it right now but I almost felt strangely compelled to. Have you ever had a book practically jump out at you?
I'd waited about a year after reading Twilight before continuing on in the series but I finally read New Moon last fall, and I guess now was just the right time to read book three. And I finished the last 50 or so pages this morning. Sure it's cheesy at times, but it's such compulsive reading! I stayed up way too late the previous two nights because I just couldn't stop. As a result, I've had images of Edward floating around in my head for the last couple of days, which isn't necessarily a bad thing! And I went ahead and ordered Breaking Dawn today because I know I won't be able to wait too long to read it. I inadvertently read a couple of spoilers when it first came out, but I definitely want to read it for myself and see how it all plays out.
Now I have to decide what to read next. I read my first two manga last week. The first volume of Emma by Kaoru Mori, a Jane Austen-esque Victorian love story, and volume one of Monster by Naoki Urasawa, a serial killer story. I really enjoyed both of them and look forward to reading on in both series. And speaking of vampires and manga, while I was browsing around I came across a manga series called Vampire Knight. Maybe it's just because I'm in vampire story mode but it sounds like it might be fun. Has anyone read it?
I have one more manga on hand so I think I'll read that next, and then I've promised myself to get serious and read a couple of review books. It's been great fun to just get caught up in a story for fun, not for any review commitments or challenges, this weekend though.
So, what have you been reading this weekend?
In other random bookish and blog news, it'll be the third week in a row that I haven't had any new book acquisitions, because of that delayed Amazon order, so no Mailbox Monday for me tomorrow either. And I finally changed my header. I really loved the red leaves but it was time for something a bit more seasonal. I'm not convinced I like it so I may end up changing it again but at least it represents spring, instead of fall. According to the weather forecast, the cherry blossoms are predicted to start blooming in Tokyo in another couple of weeks, and I can't wait. Spring is such a pretty season in Japan, although it does mean a little less time for reading as we'll be out most weekends with our cameras. I hope spring isn't too far off where you are.
Week in review:
Sunday Salon: 1% Well-Read Challenge
Fancy some tea? (Weekend Snapshot)
The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tostoy (review)
February in Review
PhotoHunt: Space (or the lack thereof on my bookshelves!)
Have a great week!