Have you read today?

Just finished:

The Magician King – found this much more enjoyable than the The Magicians. Here the characters mature, and new and more interesting ones (like Poppy – great girl) are introduced. Slow to start, but once underway loved Julia and her story-line.

The Winter Palace – tons of rich historical detail, although at times (especially in the middle) this bogged the story down. I enjoyed the narrator, but wished the character of Catherine was fleshed out a little more – she seemed quite flat. Look forward to the next.

The Lake of Dreams – lyrical, beautifully descriptive writing – I must say I am quite envious! However, the plot “twists” seemed rather pedantic, and a number of the characters felt a little flat and stereotypical.

Practical Jean – a delicious black comedy – VERY black!. The reader needs to be in the mood, but if so, this is a wicked good novel!

The Birth House – Enjoyable in terms of bringing alive the history of the area (my husband’s family is from a similar small maritime town), but I did prefer The Virgin Cure.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Wow, such an interesting and fresh story from a new author with tons of imagination. Great fun to read over the holidays.

Eragon – Can not believe a teenager wrote this! Reminiscent of other great fantasies, but still a wonderful read.

Dear George Clooney, Please Marry my Mom – great fun for a YA audience. I loved Violet and her crazy, not always good, shenanigans. A very entertaining read.

The Virgin Cure – Although I have not read The Birth House, I am motivated to do so now. Ami McKay deals with horrendous subject material in this, her 2nd novel in a matter of fact manner that is heart wrenching in its very simplicity. This novel is not a love story or a romance but it is a must for those interested in history and women’s stories.

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows – I love Alan Bradley’s books, and am always sad when I finish one, because I know I’ll have a long wait before the next. I especially love the fiesta Flavia de Luce, the enormous and ancient Buckshaw and the post World War II English countryside. A quick and entertaining read.

Before the Poison – luxuriously slow pace like a long soak in a hot tub. Really good sense of location and character development were the driving elements.

Blood Red Road – I saw the amazing Moira Young speak at the recent Vancouver International Writers Festival, and I just had to buy her book. Sounds a bit strange when I say her book was a fun read given that it’s a life or death quest in a post-apocalyptic world. But I loved Saba the main character, probably because she reminded me of my own dear Demon Child.  The writing style put me off a bit at first, however, once I got used to it, I found that it worked.

The Great Gatsby – surprising how relevant and timely this novel is today. A wonderful read.

The Magicians – The Chronicles of Narnia meets The Hunger Games. I’m not a big fan of dystopia literature, especially when the protagonist is not very likeable. But, this novel featured some great writing, and some great moments. Enough, in fact, to make me want to read the next one.

The Help – have been resisting this novel as it looked too sappy and too commercial, but  really enjoyed it! Good story, great characters, not too heavy handed. Better than the movie, and the movie was pretty good.

A Discovery of Witches – great mix of genres, very entertaining and a good old fashioned romance at the heart.

The Book Thief – absolutely the best book I’ve read in a while; so lyrical, so magical, so heartbreaking.

City of Ashes – I don’t usually read books about vampire and daemons, but this summer…anyway, a fun read.

The 4 – Hour Work Week – a quick light read, over the top in many areas, but a few golden nuggets of info in there too

I realized that I haven’t updated this list since….well in quite awhile, probably not since the Demon Child started Grade 12. So I will gradually add on.

The Rosie Project – A very sweet and smile-worthy book about a professor’s plan to find love. The fun part is that he is a little different, a lot quirky and a whole lot of fun.


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