Recent Reads

I’ve been on a reading kick in the last few months.  Since I have been, I thought I would share with you some of my recent reads:

I am currently reading Seeds of Deception, the second book in The Beyonders Series by Brandon Mull.  I absolutely love Mull’s writing.  He’s also the author of the Fablehaven Series, of which I read the entirety.  Yes, I am an adult and these books are often sold in the children’s or youth section at the bookstore, but trust me… If you like fantasy, his books are well worth the read.

I’m also in the middle of reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.  This book is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me… which is saying something since I love reading youth literature.  Even with my love of fantasy, I’ve never been big on Vampires as the subjects of the books I read.  With the exception of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  That was a well researched and amazing book, regardless of the topic.  This vampire book about Lincoln is also one of those rare books that seems to mix fiction with just enough of the truth to make it believable.  Because hey — who said Lincoln couldn’t be a vampire?

I’ve also finished reading quite a few books recently.  I read the entire Hunger Games Trilogy in less than a week – which is saying something, considering what little time I usually have to read each day.  The thing I found most interesting about this set of books was that no matter how much I wanted to compare Collin’s Hunger Games to Takami’s Battle Royal, I couldn’t do it after I read the books.

I also recently read Night Circus a first novel by Erin Morgenstern, thanks to a recommendation and story about the book on NPR.  This is a beautifully written novel about magic (are you starting to see a pattern in the type of books I like?) with such vivid descriptions that you can’t help but visualize everything.  I truely hope that this book is made into a movie, and they they don’t screw it up.

 Lastly, I’ve been reading a few books by Preston & Child.  I picked up my first Preston & Child book in 2008, a book featuring their character Pendergast.  Since then, I’ve been reading all of their books I can find, though rarely in order.  My favorite books of their’s follow the character Pendergast in thriller style novels that often feature murders with a mysterious origin.  My most recent Preston & Child reads were Fever Dream and Cold Vengence.

Once I finish reading the two books I’m working on, I’ve got a few more I’m really wanting to read.  The first is that infamous novel Fifty Shades of Grey.  Then I also want to read a book entitles Between Shades of Grey, which I learned about on an NPR story about the press and readers the author of this second book is getting because the title so closely matches the title of the first.  Fifty Shades is what you would call an erotic thriller, or maybe just an intense romance novel, while Between Shades is a story of a girl from Lithuania in the time of Stalin.

 What are you reading?

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