Friday, September 21, 2007

Speaking of books

This is what I've been reading lately:

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - I've probably read this book 10 times at least. And twice in the last month or so. It's a comfort read. I remember when I first got the book, I was still working at Books Etc, and it was given to me as an advanced reading copy. I started it in the morning and finished it by lunchtime. When I was done, I closed the book, thought about it for a minute then opened the book and started reading it for the second time. A friend thought she might be interested in reading it as well, so I left it for her on the staffroom table. She read maybe the first few chapters and then her shift finished and she didn't take it home. I put it back in my locker and took it home that night. She had creased the cover and I couldn't stand it. She didn't ask for it again, and I didn't bring it up either. Recently found Stephenie Meyer's website, where she answers lots of questions and has a 'deleted scenes' section. Interesting, but only if you're obsessed, like me.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer - I've been waiting absolutely years for this book. I'd read some not great reviews about it on different websites, and was worried about the lack of Edward, but I thought it was really good. Tearjerking.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - I've been trying to get hold of this book for many months and finally found it on readitswapit. At first, I didn't much like Westerfeld's style of writing, it seemed a little childish, but once I became more involved in the story it didn't bother me as much. I'd read the others in the series if I thought they would be easily accessible. It's part of my list of books I'm reading for the Dystopian Reading Challenge, so I might have a larger review at some stage...

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer - I actually had dreams about this book. I couldn't stop thinking about it, even as I was reading Uglies. So I read it again. It didn't affect me as much as it did reading it for the first time (I cried for 30 pages straight, for example) but I still enjoyed it. I'll probably read it again in the next month or so, because I've asked my dad to bring over a copy of Eclipse when he visits in November. (and I erm, may or may not be counting down the days)

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella - I've had this book for absolutely ages and hadn't gotten around to reading it until this week. I've liked the Shopaholic series, it's always made me laugh. This book was no different, but it sort of feels like the rest of the characters in the book, apart from Becky are two-dimensional, even Luke. I do feel quite proud though, that I've started reading books I OWN instead of racking up huge library fines all the time. (Current library fine: £10. Which means they've temporarily disabled my borrowing abilities) (which could explain why I've dipped into my own books, but whatever)

Persuading Annie by Melissa Nathan - I'd read some of Nathan's other books, and I'd thought I'd give this a chance. If I knew beforehand that it was a modern retelling of Persuasion, I probably wouldn't have bothered. It wasn't terrible, but some parts just didn't fit for me. Too much bitterness and anger aren't great for romance.

Sabriel by Garth Nix - I'm still really excited to have met Garth Nix, so I'm rereading Sabriel. Is it wrong of me to feel a little guilty that I never really gave the Keys to the Kingdom series a chance? I might try Mister Monday after this... ooh, or Shade's Children. I loved that.


  1. I am new to the Twilight series, turned on to it by a friend. I will be starting book one as soon as I can manage to finish my book club selection (which is sounded less than exciting compared to this book...)

    I agree with your Shopaholic & baby opinion. It just felt tired to me, (but in my opinion, so did Shopaholic and sister)

  2. My two older boys love those Keys to the Kingdon (or whatever they're called) books. They read and reread them. I should tell them you met Garth Nix, they'd be super impressed!

  3. I have no memoary of this book, but please say it wasn't me!! I'm hoping not cause I can't stand creased book cover... if it was me I'm sorry!!!


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