Friday, March 25, 2011

What I've been reading

I thought I'd pass along some of the great books I've been reading lately.  As always, the genres vary with my fickle mind.

*The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen--Literary Fiction.  As always Mr. Franzen blows me away with his observation of the everyday human existence. It's a guilty pleasure to watch these dysfunctional characters fall apart and then pick up the pieces.
*A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness--Paranormal Fiction.  Being a witch or a daemon is hereditary and the MC has been denying her genetic witch roots for years.  After accidentally summoning a bewitched ancient text she meets a Vampire who changes her life for better and worse.  Great debut novel.  Two more books to follow, so says the author on her facebook page.
*Shiver (and its sequel Linger) by Maggie Stiefvater--YA Paranormal Fiction.  A new take on how werewolves are made and, of course, young love.  The third and final book in this series will be released in July.
*The Raven Queen by Jules Watson--Historical Fiction.  Retelling of the ancient Irish tale about Queen Maeve.  This book loosely ties into her last stand-alone novel, The Swan Maiden (retelling of Deidre of the Sorrows).
*Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr--YA Paranormal Fiction.  This is the final book in her Fairy series, and it was a great ending.  I'm glad she didn't try to drag this out like another YA series that started out with a bang but now seems just annoying (rhymes with Mouse of Light).


Anonymous said...

Aven! I mean Birdflu! I mean . . .It's so great to see you (and your beautiful little family). I love your reviews; they have your great dry, slightly sarcastic voice. :)

p.s. I am not sure why I have inundated this post with exclamation marks . . . I try not to post after coffee, but as you can see, failed miserably today. (!!!)

Aven said...

Hi Ev :) Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed the_very_brief reviews. Not really my forte. No matter how hard I try (which isn't very hard *wg*), the sarcasm sneaks in there.

Me said...

Thanks for the reviews.
They'll go on my Wish -list to read after I have finished Diana G books!

Aven said...

Hi, Me.

Thanks for stopping by. If you're enjoying Diana's books, you'll love Jules Watson's Dalriada Trilogy (The White Mare, The Dawn Stag, The Boar Stone [uk] or The Song of the North [us].