Sunday, November 09, 2008
Sunday Salon - So much going on
It's been quite the productive week around these parts. Unusually (for me), I've managed to finish two books: Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Both were fantastic. I love finding good children's books and well-written, interesting books like these are why I'm so in love with children's fiction. I was a bit unsure about The Knife of Never Letting Go as it's the first in a series and nearly 500 pages long, but I zipped right through it and loved every second of it. Highly recommended. (Have you read it?)
I did start another book this week which ended up being returned to the library unfinished. I was looking forward to The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares because I adored the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants so much, but I found her first adult novel to be a little slow and the writing a bit stodgy. It promised 'love, sex and deceit' on the front cover, and I'd heard it to be a good summery/beach type read, but I just couldn't get into it. I figured life's too short to carry on. Usually I'd have stuck it out a little while longer especially as it's an author I've enjoyed before, but 50 pages and that was it for me. What's your cut off point, I wonder?
And to top it all off, I managed to watch two film adaptations of books. Exciting, no? I finally got around to watching both Atonement and The Jane Austen Book Club. Liked them both, but I haven't finished reading Atonement so I have no idea how it compares to the book and I read JABC so long ago I didn't remember the details. I love it when that happens. I can watch the movie and just enjoy it as a movie instead of criticising the differences between book/film.
Today, I hope to carry on more with my current read: Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean. I've only just begun and it's been fun so far, but I've been to the library and I've got that urge growing larger and larger to pick up something new...
Oath Breaker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness book 5) by Michelle Paver
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
The Believers by Zoe Heller
Run by Ann Patchett
Necropolis (Power of Five book 4) by Anthony Horowitz