Thursday, February 19, 2009

Books in Threes

The To Be Read pile on my bedside table is the size of Mount Vesuvius -- an apt metaphor, as I believe it may be about to blow. It is 33 books high. I need to find a better way to stack it before I get brained in the night.

Here's my own variation on a meme I saw at The Longstockings the other day:


THREE BOOKS I RECENTLY FINISHED READING



1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Loved it and could not put it down. I'm a Katniss fangirl.

2. A Dictionary of the English Language, by Samuel Johnson (published in 1755). Okay, if my claim here makes you a little skeptical, I can't blame you. No, I didn't read the entire dictionary. I don't even have access to one at the moment. But I did read the Preface and then take a concentrated look at a few different modern compilations. I did this for work reasons, btw, not because I'm crazy, and the truth is, it was very unsatisfying. What I need are his definitions of ordinary words, like light and bread, but what the compilers tend to focus on are the weird, obsolete words, like ponk and ninnyhammer. Curses! Why, oh why, has no one published an affordable modern version of the entire dictionary with tiny print and tissue paper pages?

3. Dairy Queen; The Off Season; and Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Yes, my third book is technically three books. :o) This is the D.J. Schwenk trilogy, the first two books of which I mentioned the other day. The difference is that since then, I've gotten to take a sneak peak at the third book, Front and Center, and am now in a position to tell you that it's wonderful, hysterical, an inspiring and satisfying conclusion to the D.J. saga! (D.J., in case you haven't met her, is a high school gal who'd much rather spend Friday night playing linebacker than painting her toenails and going to a dance.) F&C comes out in the fall.


THREE BOOKS I'M CURRENTLY READING


1. Gone to Soldiers, by Marge Piercy. 800-page-long World War II epic with ten alternating protagonists. Magnificent, but not for the faint of heart. This book has somewhat taken over my life. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself when I get to the end. There will be no reason to keep living.

2. Elephant House: or, the Home of Edward Gorey, photographs and text by Kevin McDermott. A week after artist Edward Gorey's sudden death at the age of 75, his friend Kevin McDermott photographed his house on Cape Cod, memorializing the living space of a strange and gentle genius. First I went through this book, looking at all the pictures. Now I'm going through again and reading the words. He loved cats and all other animals; he had an incomparable imagination; I would go crazy living in the clutter he lived in, but I have to admit, he did good things with his clutter. It is oddly beautiful clutter. :o) I love this chance to peek into his world.

3. Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. First a friend told me, "You would adore this book," and I was like, "Eh, whatever. Have you seen my volcanic TBR pile?" Then another friend told me, "I'm reading this book and it keeps bringing you to mind," and I was like, "Huh. Creepy." Then a third friend told me, "Have you heard of this book? It's made of light!" and finally I was like, "Fine! I'll read the freaking book!" It's a memoir about one woman's pilgrimage to Italy, India, and Indonesia following a devastating divorce. So far, my friends are right. I love it and am always either laughing or sniffling. Gilbert has just gotten to Rome, and I'm so happy, because Rome is my favorite place in the world. (I have not been everywhere in the world, but still, I know in my soul that this is true.)


THREE BOOKS NEXT IN LINE



1. The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner
2. The Smile, by Donna Jo Napoli
3. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

Now your turn!

54 comments:

Sibylle said...

Let's see... I don't have three books I'm currently reading, I'm only reading one : The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. I've just finished a pretty bad history book called Consuming Passions and written by Judith Flanders about "leisure and pleasure in victorian Britain". Too many facts were not explained and it felt more like a draft than a published book. Next in line are probably The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
I loved The Hunger Games by the way. I think it's going to develop into some great political fiction. Looking forward to the sequel!

I can't wait to hear your thoughts about The Thief, I was this close to buying it the other day, I've seen it recommended so many times!

emmalilyrose said...

just finished reading:
james Patterson: Maximum Ride 1-4
Libba bray: A Great & Terrible Beauty
libba bray: Rebel Angels
libba bray: The Sweet Far Thing

currently reading:
Theodor Fontane: Effi Briest
Anne of Green Gables

Neil Gaiman: American Gods
R.L. Stevenson: Treasure Island
Robin Hobb: Sharman´s Crossing
and always Harry Potter :P

next in line:
Hermann Melville: Moby Dick
The Hunger Games
Graceling
(both didn´t arrive yet ...ahhh I´m from Germany and I ordered them four weeks ago at my bookstore ... -.- ... I´m so dying to finally be able to read them!)
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre

the pile of books on the floor next to my bed doesn´t stop growing ...

it sounds weird but I already love your book, though I haven´t read it yet! :D

Anonymous said...

The Thief (Megan Whalen Turner) was amazing, with some really good plot twists. I really like it when I am surprised and set back on my heels by a book. Which is why the Queen of Attolia (next in the series) was so much better. And the King of Attolia... aaahhhh! She has left room for a fourth book, but thus far she has a SEVEN YEAR gap between each book.

I'm so glad that I have found your book, Kristin - and that it likely won't be another seven years before I get to read another. I find that you and Turner both write similarly excellent character development.

Laura

beth said...

What a fun meme!

-Last three books read: Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale, Audrey, Wait!, and er, Tantalize.

-Currently reading: Anansi Boys, The Invention of Hugo Caberet, and Kelly Link's short story book

-Reading next: The Luxe, The Season, and something else, not sure which from the pile.

PS: LOVED The Thief, and plan on reading Markus Zusak's book next chance I get!

A. Grey said...

I totally understand the english dictionary. I'm always looking through old dictionarys for word definitions, and words themselves. I think that the english language was so much more vivid years ago. Even my computer tells me during every edit that this term is antiquated, or that term is antiquated. And usually it's something like 'atop' as in, she leapt atop the horse as it thundered passed. And the computer suggests changing it to 'she jumped on the horse'. Now which sentence would YOU rather read? I know which one evokes a stonger picture.

As for my beloved Mr. Gorey. Ah, the beauty of dark cluttered minds! Absolutely love his art, and my house sort of resembles his... I have a picture of him in his library. The walls are covered with shelves of books, every flat surface has piles of books, the couch has books on one side. And on one end of the couch, Gorey is stretched out with his legs on the corner of the coffee table, in his boxers, with a cat draped over him. Another cat is lying on the couch and a third is on the book piles of the coffee table, sprawled on a newspaper that has a headline reading "At Home". It's a great picture.
Now about what I'm currently reading.... well, I think I'm due to restock about now, or at least go through and sort my stacks of waiting books... :)

Stefanie Lechner said...

I just finished "I am the messenger" by Markus Zusak. It's a great book, real fun to read and, well, the message is so true. In some way "I am the messenger" brought me to start thinking. I'll stop here, just read it ^^

Sarah said...

And you know they're sisters, right, Elizabeth Gilbert and Catherine Murdoch?

Also, you HAVEN'T READ MEGAN WHELAN TURNER YET??????

Her work is beyond amazing. Sheesh. If I'd known you hadn't read The Thief yet I would've sent you that one.

aimeempayne said...

You need to do what Will and I did about the bedside to-be-read piles. Find a bedside table that doubles as a bookcase. Of course, I still end up with a pile teetering on top, but it's a smaller pile.

E. M. Reads said...

Oh... I love bookie meme... Let's see...

THREE BOOKS I RECENTLY FINISHED READING
1 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
2 - Need by Carrie Jones
3 - The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

THREE BOOKS I'M CURRENTLY READING
1 - Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine
2 - Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
3 - Heaven to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace

THREE BOOKS NEXT IN LINE
1 - Curse of the Blue Tattoo (Bloody Jack #2) by L. A. Meyer
2 - Good Girls by Laura Ruby
3 - Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace

Sara T. K. said...

Hmm, this means I need to remember past yesterday...

Three books I recently read:

1) The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
This book is a must-read for all book lovers--Fforde's main character, Thursday Next, is a literary detective who saves original manuscripts and thwarts forgeries.

2) 13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Read so I could be in-the-know at the SCBWI Winter Conference, once I started I couldn't stop.

3) The Princetta - Anne-Laure Bondoux
A French YA novel, translated. It was an interesting read--I had mixed feelings at the end. I won't spoil anything, I'll just say that this was clearly written with with a European mindset, not an American one.

Three Books I'm Currently Reading:

1) A Wrinkle in Time -- Madeleine L'Engle. You can no go wrong re-reading a classic.

2) The Seer and The Sword -- Victoria Hanley. Victoria Hanley was recommended to be as a great author for fans of Tamora Pierce, but I've been struggling with this one.

3) The Jan. 12th issue of the New Yorker. I'm so behind!

Next Three in Line to Read:

1) The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. The Thief was amazing! I can't wait to read this next one!

2) March by Geraldine Brooks. Tapping into two of my favorite things--historical fiction and Little Women--a story from Mr. March's side of things.

3) Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow. Much in the vein of Mulan, two sisters disguise themselves and train as samurai. I'm excited!

ICQB said...

Yikes! Books are rushing around in my head. Have read (or listened to) lots lately. Am reading or listening to lots now.

Can only remember the last one I read/listened to and absolutely loved - Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.

Two which I am reading/listening to now and enjoying- Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner, and The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.

Front Studio said...

Please read the Thief soon! The first time I read it, it wasn't what I expected and I almost didn't like it but then I read it again and now LOVE it. You also have to read the subsequent 2 in the series to really get the full effect of the brilliance of this series. It's wonderful.

Amy said...

Latest Reads:
You Can't Judge a Girl By Her Cover (in ARC)
Spanking Shakespeare
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies (also in ARC)

Current Reads:
Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters
Lauren Myracle's Peace, Love and Baby Ducks (also in ARC; can you tell I went to ALA Midwinter?)
Dracula, of all things

Next up:
Alphabet of Thorn
The Book Thief
The Maytrees (I've been meaning to read it for years!)

Also, can I squeal for a second over The Hunger Games (and Catching Fire!) and the fact that there's a third D.J. book? Those are some of my favorites!

Anonymous said...

Kristin--Do you know about Anne McDermott's A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ON CD-ROM, which provides Johnson's complete text? Also, AMS press published a facsimile of Johnson's dictionary in 1967, which I think is available at the Univ. of North Florida. Reference librarians at many public university libraries are gods and goddesses: let them help you in your quest for knowledge!

Recently read: Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog; Stefano Benni's Margharita Dolce Vita; and, um, reread Graceling.

Current reading: Mrs. Woolf and the Servants by Alison Light; Marcelo in the Real World by Francis X. Stork.

Next up: Julia Glass, I See You Everywhere.

And for you Turner fans (hard to imagine someone NOT being a Turner fan), I recently read that the next Attolia book is due out in 2010.

Katsa-fan

tinkandalissa said...

Ok, so first I have to say I absolutely adore Edward Gorey!
Second, drats! I thought I was whittling away at my TBR pile but I just keep adding to it faster than I am taking away...I also have started a list on my computer because I cant remember all these books I want and don't have yet (I seriously have like 100 on this list)! My best friend Kristy and my mom are big readers like me and we are always sharing books with and referring books to eachother.
My last 3:
Hunger Games - LOVED it, cant wait for the next one!
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
The entire Sookie Stackhouse series - which is really like 8 books...
Currently I am reading Evernight by Claudia Gray, it's cute and I will read the rest of that series.
Next 3:
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Stargazer by Claudia Gray (or maybe another book if this one isnt out yet by the time I am ready for my 3rd book)
Whew! I am exhausted thinking about reading all these.

avisannschild said...

Fun post, I think I'll do this one on my blog at some point!

Kate Glasgow said...

I think that I am BEYOND volcanic for my reading pile. I'm a book buyer for a bookstore so all of my stuff is arranged by date (I know, it's pathetic) but shockingly enough, my library card is always burning a hole in my pocket!

The last three things I read were:

*Genesis -- Bernard Beckett (out 4.20.09 from Houghton/Harcourt); you should definitely try to mooch a copy from your publisher because it is absolutely Brave New World for a new generation. Shocking and amazing.

*Fire -- by you! God Bless ABA's Winter Institute for having the early readers! AMAZING!! Can't wait for Bitterblue!

*Tourist -- Olen Steinhauer (out 3.3.09 from St. Martin's). Fantastic espionage novel.

Up next on my shelf are:

*Rampant -- Diana Peterfreund (out 5.26.09 from Harperteen)

*March -- Geraldine Brooks

*Stranger -- Max Frei (out 4.26.09 from Overlook)

Thankfully the pile never diminishes . . . I don't know what I would do if it ever did.

biblauragraphy said...

More D.J. Schwenk? Oh hooray!

Angiegirl said...

Ooh, I am the Messenger! I adore that book. Can't wait to hear what you think.

Hillary! said...

Currently reading Stolen by Kelley Armstrong and Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce.
Finished The Doll People, The Meanest Doll in the World, and The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, and Brian Selznick. I must say that I am now very suspicious of the dolls in my room. Before that was Four and Twent Blackbirds by Cherie Priest, which was made of awesome.
In my TBR pile...the enitre House of Night series. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Haters. A but-load of fairy stories, some Robin Mckinley books, and that's all I can remember.

cindy said...

i'm currently reading the season, a debut by sarah maclean. love it thus far! i put aside the blue girl by charles de lint, but will return to that after.

just finished the graveyard book. loved that as well.

am looking forward to buying evermore, by alyson noel.

Miss Viola Bookworm said...

OH! I'm so excited to see The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner on your to-read list. I just read this series, and I LOVED it. Eugenides is a great character. One of my favorites. My advice: add The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia to the list. They complete the trilogy, and really, it feels like you're reading one long book. I was sad to say goodbye to Eugenides. And I completely agree with Anonymous @ 6:21. The series just gets better and better with each book. Can't wait to hear what you think!

Also, I am The Messenger is fabulous. So different than The Book Thief, but incredible nonetheless.

And thanks for the heads up about the next book about DJ Schwenk. I didn't know there was more. I love that character. :)

-Lesley

kristin cashore said...

Oh man, so many great comments already!

Kate -- okay, I'm biased, but you take the prize, because, as you may be able to imagine, I'm scared sh*tless about how Fire is going to be received -- and you just gave me so much comfort! Yay! Thank you!

I have to admit, I picked up The Thief a few weeks ago and put it back down because I wasn't in the right mood. After reading all these comments, I'm determined to make it my first read once I'm done with Gone to Soldiers. (I read a few nonfic books at once but generally only one novel at a time. Unlike some people who commented, I notice!)

Sarah, Sabriel is one of the books I keep meaning to pick up but then realize I've got 7 library books to read in the next 5 days or they'll be overdue -- hence the end to putting books on hold for the time being :o). I already peeked at it and can tell I'm going to love it. (Also -- I'm not surprised they're sisters -- they have a similar HYSTERICAL sense of humor!)

Katsa-fan. Oh. My. Goodness. You are an angel. Thank you SO MUCH for that info!

Hillary -- I must say that I am now very suspicious of the dolls in my room -- HA HA hee

Cindy -- your book is also in my pile! :o)

This was a dangerous post for me to have written, because now my TBR list is even BIGGER....

Sara T. K. said...

Kristin--

You should consider Sabriel on audiotape (even if you're not a big audiotape fan.) I've owned that book since I was about 12, and for some reason, could never get past the first chapter. I finally bought it on itunes--it's read by Tim Curry, obviously a huge plus!--and found myself taking the long way while driving just to listen to more of it.

pamcjordan said...

I love seeing what others are reading.

Recently read:
-- The Hunger Games (loved)
-- The Graveyard Book (really loved)
-- Impossible (liked pretty well)

Reading now:
-- The Heretic's Daughter (really love)
-- The Book Thief (really love)

Next in line:
-- There's no telling! I'm kind of impulsive about it. I've gotten several good ideas from these posts (thanks, everyone!).

On another note:
-- Eat, Pray, Love was really good. Totally enjoyed it.
-- Three Cups of Tea is wonderful too. Amazing the impact one person can have. There's an illustrated children's version of it too.
-- My second grade son has been reading the Down Girl and Sit books. We both LOVE them and wish there were more.

Anonymous said...

I am currently reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. So far its great and I'm hooked.
I re-read Graceling. I'm still in love.
I read FADE by Lisa McMann. Wonderful. I encourage everyone to read this series. WAKE before FADE.
Next I will most likely finish Libba Bray's triology.
Lauren

mysteryflavour said...

Just finished:
-Ender's Game through Children of the Mind, by Orson Scott Card. They were fantastic.
Reading:
-The Riddlemaster Trilogy by Patricia A McKillip
-Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
Will Read Soon:
-Ender's Shadow and the entire rest of the Ender series by OSC.
-Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
-The Princess Bride by William Goldman

And the Sabriel-Lirael-Abhorsen trilogy by Nix is definitely worth reading, to comment on earlier suggestions. Not to mention anything by Gaiman. Have you seen the Coraline movie yet?

Melina said...

Currently reading: I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak(so far so good)

Just finished reading: Daughter of the flames by Zoe Marriott, The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli (By the way it's really good Kristen, I can't wait to hear your thoughts), and Primavera by Mary Jane Beaufrand.

Reading next: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Melina said...

Oops! Typing error, I just noticed I spelled your name wrong Kristin

Meg said...

Hi!

I'm in kind of a daze...I just finished reading Graceling and had to immediately come here and tell you how AMAZING it is! Seriously, its been a long time since I've loved a book that much! I can't believe it is your first novel...can't wait to read more from you! :)

Well, I probably should have started with my introduction but Graceling was so great I had to establish that first :P My name is Meg and I'm a senior in high school, in case you were curious. This blog post is great! I already have a pretty large stack of TBR books myself but who could say no to more books?

On a side note, I wanted to thank you for posting on your blog about the deaths of Kate and Kathy. I never knew Kathy but I was in Kate (Mrs Mac's) Young Critics Club throughout middle school and she was truly amazing. It is nice to know that she is missed and remembered not just in my town but throughout the literary community!

Thanks again for writing Graceling! I'm home sick today and read the entire thing in one sitting. I wish Po weren't fictional, I think I'm a teensy bit in love :)

Anonymous said...

Kristin-
I've been seeing that book, Dairy Queen, in my local bookstore for a long time, but for some reason I never picked it up. You just convinced me to read it. Thanks!

And also, I've read I Am The Messenger. It was freaking. amazing. I couldn't put it down. Enjoy it! It ends too quickly.

Maddie

NoGrandmother said...

Recently read:

Self-Made Man, Norah Vincent. Pertinent quote: "I hate this book, and I hate the woman who read it, but I can't stop reading!" Blech.

Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr. I wanted to like this more than I actually did. But I've had the flu.

The Year of Disappearances, Susan Hubbard. What I liked about this was that it threw me in the deep end and alluded to all kinds of past goings-on that weren't explained much. Then I realized it was a sequel. Oh well.

Going on now: Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa, Karin Muller. I am calling it "a year in search of whaaa?"

Next: The Soul of a Chef, Michael Ruhlman

When you have finished Eat, Pray, Love (which I loved so much it was crazy), PLEASE go to the TED website and watch Elizabeth Gilbert's talk about creativity. It made me weep and feel strong and brave and RELIEVED.

Jess said...

Oh man...The Thief is amazing. You're going to love it.

Jessica

Sibylle said...

Great comments, thanks for this post, Kristin! I expanded my list of books to read significantly.

kristin cashore said...

Mysteryflavour, I had trouble getting into Sophie's World and would be curious to hear what you think. Melina -- no worries at all, you're a sweetie for coming back and correcting it! :o)

Meg, you're very welcome, thanks for your comment, and my heart goes out to you and your whole town.

Thanks, everyone, for keeping the meme going :o)

Lyssa said...

Recently read:
The Heretic Queen - I don't know who it's by, but it was vibrant. For anyone who loves ancient Egypt, it's a must-read.

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent - this one's by a new author whose name I don't remember, either. Galen something. But it was wonderful, too. Victorianish magical realism/fantasy. Fantastic and utterly amusing.

A Curse as Dark as Gold, Elizabeth C. Bunce. - You were right, Kristen. It was fantastic.

Now Reading:

Dune, Frank Herbert. - It's fantastic so far. Figured I ought to read this sometime. Well worth it.

The Merlin Conspiracy, Diana Wynne Jones - she's one of my favorite YA authors. I'm not far in this (it's a present-day London magical realism/crossover sort of deal) but it's highly amusing so far.

To Be Read:

Serena, Ron Rash
A Song in the Stone, Walter R. Hunt
Reading the Wind, Brenda Cooper

Libba Bray's books are *gorgeous.* I read her trilogy recently. They're wonderful. And for whoever read The Alphabet of Thorn -- if you haven't read Ombria in Shadow yet, do so at the earliest opportunity. ;-)

itdependsontheday said...

instead of books (which would mean this comment would never end) i will tell you the three things i am writing now
1. an essay for the best high school, in the world which i just got excepted to, to get a scholaship. this is very hard, as i am to write about an expirence in which my reading knowledge changed my outlook on it. did i mention i am a reading addict?
2. a speech for a speech contest about james patterson (<3)
3. a story kinda like the above authors max series, except with my own twist

also i want to mention that i recently read a curse as dark as gold, and it deserved to nominated, but ur book was by far the better book, and i am especially glad u won now.

the end

AndrewsMommom said...

Last 3 books:
Graceling by You Know Who
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Currently reading:
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Next 3 books:
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

cindy said...

kristin, hurrah! and i know what you mean by PILE. it just grows taller and taller, but boy oh boy, don't we love our books? happy weekend! =D

Anonymous said...

Dear Megan Whalen Turner: Where have you been all my life!

I love the book so much. Also, I'm secretly jealous of people who are experiencing a book I loved for the first time. Man...I heard rumors of a fourth one from that series coming out...WHERE IS IT? I have been waiting patiently for like four years and if she doesn't get on it I'm kicking some serious Whalen Turner ass.

Okay well enjoy!

Love,
Grumpy McGrumpypants

kristin cashore said...

Okay, Grumpy McGrumpypants (^_^),I've got to jump in here in MWT's defense, because if she's anything like me, she *has* been working her ass off to write the book! Blood, sweat, and tears! These things take a long time! PATIENCE!!! :D

kristin cashore said...

(P.S. Grumpy -- just in case my emoticons didn't express it adequately -- don't worry, I wasn't really yelling, I know you were joking ^_^)

Sonya Lou Who said...

Yay our own little book club blog section (: Kristin we lurve you!!!

Last 3 I read:
The Hunger Games
The Lovely Bones
Tuesdays With Morrie

Currenlty Reading:
Wuthering Heights
On Writing (Stephen King)
The Serpent Garden (Judith Riley)

Next:
The Midnighters 1-3 (Scott Westerfield)

talshannon said...

1. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. This is an author's author. This little story is absolutely brilliant in how it captures growing from a odd little child into a strong, capable writer.

2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Like Hunger Games, this book features a strong female lead who forges her own destiny, rather than bowing to the fate others would force on her. I know quite a few industry folks who picked up the ARC for this over the summer and declared it the best book of the year before it even hit bookstores.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I'm not sure what I can add about this book that hasn't already been said. How about, "So compelling I read it even though books in the present tense usually drive my internal editor crazy?"

Robin said...

It is not hard to become a Katniss fangirl. I have read The Hunger Games twice. I am speculating on what will happen in the next book of the series already.

I have three books on my nightstand - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Thirteenth Tale, and Madness - none of which I seem to be able to pick up and actually read. I wish there were more Katniss and Katsa stories - I'd much prefer those to anything else these days. Strong young women unite!!!

Robin said...

p.s. emmalilyrose...The Libba Bray books were so good - were they not? But I was SO pissed (KIND-OF SPOILER ALERT) at the outcome with Kartik. Your thoughts?

Robin said...

p.p.s Beth - Anansi Boys rocks! I laughed out loud so many times while reading that book. I think Neil Gaiman is just one of the best storytellers ever!!!

Miss Shears said...

3 books I just finished reading:
1)The Society of S - Susan Hubbard. It's a different take on a vamp book. The father in the book is very intriguing.

2)I Am The Messanger - I loved the book! It definitely gets you thinking about things.

3) Nation - Terry Pratchett. A wonderful read about a sad situation, but one filled with humor. I couldn't figure out the ending until the end... so it was definitely a capitvating read.

Currently Reading:
1)Pride and Prejudice - Austen. I haven't read this in a couple of years, so it was time for a re-read.

2) The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor. I just started, but it's looking very promising.

Up next:
1) A Year of Disappearances - Hubbard
2) The Book Thief - Zusak
3) Sovay - Rees

A. Grey said...

So, finally got a book list together...

Just read:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Need by Carrie Jones
Song of the Lioness (set of three books) by Tamora Pierce


Currently reading:
Night Angel (set of three books) by Brent Weeks
Dragon Champion (book one of The Age of Fire) by E. E. Knight (second reading)
Graceling by this ripping cool lady named Kristin Cashore ;) (Second time)

Books waiting to be read:

Dragon Avenger, Dragon Outcast, and Dragon Strike (rest of the Age of Fire set) by E. E. Knight
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
And anything else I can get my hands on...

Kenzie said...

You should try Elsewhere. forget who it's by but it is amazing. then of course the twilight series ;). i am actually right know reading Graceling and it's amazing so far. i can't wait until the next ones come out. also, if your a vampire fan, the cirque du freak series by darren shan is good and also the Demonata series by him.

Anonymous said...

the thief was a really good book, and i loved the hunger games too.

right now i am reading dracula by bram stoker, the otherworldies by jennifer anne kogler, and inkdeath by cornelia funke.

next in line is jane eyreby charlotte bronte.

kylie

HorseLover_96 said...

Well, three books I just read are:

-Graceling: finished it yesterday and I love it!!! Awesome awesome awesome! I won't even get started on how much I loved it because it would take me forever!
-Uglies: pretty good. The idea of the book (I won't give anything away) is really unique and interesting and the characters are all very real, especially the main character. I can really relate to her.
-Riding Lessons by Gruen: I would really recommend this book to everyone. It is a horse book but not only that...It is a great book even for people who aren't horse-crazy (like me ha) because the theme and struggles are universal. Good book...

Jenni Blaser said...

I also loved The Hunger Games. It's actually how I came across your book.

I just finished reading Graceling last night and I absolutely loved it! I really like the concept of Graces. I just wish Katsa and Po's relationship would've been more defined at the end. (I'm a fairtytale ending kind of girl.)

I read The Arthurian Omen by GG Vandagriff before that. It was good, but I felt it had too many storylines and I wanted it to focus more on the Arthurian element.

Before that, I read The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. It's the only time I can say that I enjoyed the movie more. The book just seemed to drag on forever and I didn't like all the profanity Lauren used.

I'm going to read The Diary of Anne Frank next. I've never read it and I love stories about the Holocaust, especially the ones that are so inspiring. I'm looking forward to it.

mysteryflavour said...

Sophie's World was a little hard for me to get into too, but it does a really good job at explaining big ideas in philosophy. For example, Plato's whole shadows-on-a-cave-wall has been explained to me about five times, but I didn't really get what he meant until I read it in Sophie's World. It's a really interesting book, but very long and dense, and requires a certain amount of brain power.