Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sunday Salon: a vampire weekend

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!


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  2. You've been busy! Hope the books aren't delayed too much longer. I know I always get antsy waiting on new stuff!

  3. i read twilight, new moon and eclipse all in the same week and then i could not help the image of "Edward" whirling all around my i am also waiting for Breaking Dawn...

  4. wooohooo I love your header, beautiful!
    I will be reading graphic novels this year for the first time. I did grow up reading TinTin et Milou ( a Jack Russell :) like all French children.

    have a good week ahead and let me know when you receive THE BOAT

  5. You know me....always in the mood for a vampire weekend!

    I haven't pick up Colleen's book yet, but Tuesday the 5th book in the House of Night series is released (yes....vampires!), so I'm planning on picking it up then.

    I figure I'm going to start Eclipse really soon too. Chad just finished it...and I have to wait until he's done to read them.

    Happy Sunday!

  6. I feel the same way about the Twilight series. There are times when it's so cheesy it makes me cringe, but I could not put it down!

  7. I haven't read Vampire Knight, but I've seen it around and it got me curious too.

    I love your new header! But honestly, I can't remember a header of yours I didn't love.

    Hope you have a great week!

  8. I fell victim to twilight too :p Everyone hates them, but I find them entertaining, lol.

  9. I *love* the header. I think I'm one of the few bloggers who hasn't succumbed to the Twilight series and the lore of the vampires.

    Too much Anne Rice in my early years.

  10. I am in the middle of Eclipse right now. Oh man. I think I described the Twilight series as "The worst written books I couldn't put down." And that is the God-honest truth. I know they are brain fluff, but still I read them.

  11. I haven't read Vampire Knight yet but it has had some great reviews and I will be getting around to starting it this year. You should sign up for my Manga challenge which is simply to read at least 6 manga in 2009. You are nearly half way already!

  12. blacklin - Thank you! You helped make my day. :)

    priscilla - Since I'm late replying to the comments here, the order did finally show up on Wednesday. Yay!

    iselldreams - LOL. I can imagine! My copy of Breaking Dawn got here very quickly and I think I'm going to dive in soon.

    Sylvie - Thank you! And I will definitely let you know when The Boat arrives. Thank you so much for sending it!

    Stephanie - I have the first book in the House of Night series and really should read it soon. I guess now that Colleen's series is over, I need to start another. LOL.

    Chayenne - I know! How does she do it? Keep us reading despite the cheese factor!? Usually I have a low tolerance for it. :P

    Nymeth - Vampire Knight does sound fun. I think I'm going to read through Emma first, then maybe I'll try it. And thanks, you're sweet to say that about my headers. :)

    Chris - The Twilight series is surprisingly addictive!

    saveophelia - Thanks! I never thought I'd be caught up in the vampire craze either, but then I'd never read any vampire books until a couple of years ago.

    Kim L - LOL. I'm calling them 'comfort reads'. :P

    Rhinoa - I look forward to hearing what you think of Vampire Knight. And I'm already signed up for your Manga Challenge. :)


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