Monday, July 05, 2010

What I've been reading

I ended up under the weather last week, literally, both health-wise and weather-wise. But luckily it didn't keep me from reading. In fact, I simply devoured Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari last week. It's the first book I've read entirely on my new toy, the Sony Reader that we picked up when we were in New York. I started out reading it on the train but I just couldn't stop myself and had to keep reading it at home too every chance I got. A mystery but so much more. Another fabulous title from Unbridled Books! It'll be out this week and I hope to have my review up later this week as well.

Thursday, I spent the day at home feeling rather blah and decided that since time was running out (only available until midnight July 5th) I should take advantage of the offer to read, for free online, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, the recent Eclipse novella, from Stephenie Meyer. Hey, this series might be junk food for the soul (oh so bad for you but so addictive!) and I knew I probably wouldn't want to actually buy it, but I was curious and it was free!  Why do I feel the need to justify it? Anyway, it was kind of fun, and actually made me sort of want to re-read the book, and made me wish I could go see the movie of Eclipse soon. For some reason Eclipse the movie isn't supposed to come to Japan until November! New Moon opened here at about the same time as in the US so I'm wondering who annoyed who? Some weird distribution thing, I imagine. Oh well.

Then on Friday I received a couple of books in the post from Harper Collins. I thought I'd just read the first paragraph in both of them, as you do, and then put them on the stack for later this summer. Well, I got sucked in and had completely polished off Bad Marie by Saturday afternoon. She may be bad but she's a great character.  Definitely a compelling read!

Now I'm about half way through another eBook from Netgalley, The Carnivore by Mark Sinnett.  The book is set in Toronto during and after Hurricane Hazel which devastated the city in 1954. I've read woefully few Canadian books over the last year so it's nice to spend some time there, in the pages of a book at least.

And I'm just about to start dipping into The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol, which I'm reading for the Classics Circuit Imperial Russian Tour. Dreams Underfoot has been a bit neglected these past few days but I'm looking forward to getting back to it too. So many books, so little time!

What have you been reading?

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  1. I was looking at Bad Marie in the bookstore the other tay - you make me wish I'd bought it!

  2. I read a review on Bad Marie which made me interested in the book, I hope your are enjoying it. Have a great week.

  3. Your enthusiasm for this novel (and your Sony Reader!) just shines. It makes me want to pick it up right away.

  4. Hi!
    All the books sound great. Haven't read any of those authors. I'll have to check them out. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  5. Those sound like some great books.

    I must be one of the few people not to have either seen the films or read the Stephenie Meyer books... I WILL get around to it!

  6. Oh my goodness - you don't get Eclipse until November???? That is too bad! I wonder what the big delay is?

    Taroko Gorge sounds interesting!

  7. Bad Marie sounds good :)

    I haven't read the Bree Tanner book. I don't really regret it, but I feel a little stupid for not reading a free book when I had the chance. It is weird that Eclipse will only be released in November in Japan! I thought they had for once made the release date the same in all countries (we usually have to wait a few weeks to a month over here, for certain movies (Up! for example) more than a month. It's very frustrating. I somehow feel comforted by the knowledge that you have read Twilight and admit to it. I can safely do so myself now :P It feels so weird having to defend yourself because of reading a book.

  8. I hope you're feeling better!

    The whole Twilight series is a guilty pleasure. It stinks that you have to wait so long to see Eclipse. Serena and I saw it last week, and it was pretty good. The best of the movies so far, I think.

  9. I hope you're feeling better! I keep reading positive things about Bad Marie. I guess I need to put it on my TBR list then! Have a great week.

  10. I loved THE CARNIVORE, and I haven't seen it anywhere. Looking forward to your thoughts.

  11. Bad Marie appeals to me - she sounds like quite a character! Although I read the Twilight books, the latest hasn;t called out to me yet!


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