Not the happiest books

It’s book review time again with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature Linkup.

Lately I’ve been reading more avidly than before. Hence the slower rate of blog posts, less clean home, etc. I’m going through some long ones, so I feel like I should have more to “show” for my reading time, but alas, I’ll just have to look at word counts to feel like an adequate reader.

I finally made it through A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. The depth and level of detail is pretty amazing and I’m hooked into the story. Only semi-complaint, these books are LONG. I was reading the book on my nook and wondering why I was being such a slow reader, then I saw a hard copy of A Clash of Kings at the bookstore and understood that it was much lengthier than my nook would have led me to believe. There were more differences between the book and show for this volume and it was fun to make comparisons as I read. Since I read two books in this series in a row I’m now going on a bit of a break to squeeze a few short novels in between.

Next on the list is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I had heard good things about this book, and it’s petty new so I was excited to be on the front end of reading it. I had heard that, yes it’s another post-apocalyptic story but you won’t want to miss this one. I did enjoy that this was a story in the post-apocalyptic genre that was for adults, it’s filled with Shakespeare, and Star Trek references, and it did a good job going back and forth between time before the deadly virus hit and the years following. While I appreciated the different points in time and eventually seeing the stories connect, there was a little too much back and forth that I didn’t quite feel like I spent enough time with any of the characters to fully appreciate them.

In progress: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Stand, and The Secret Keeper.

I’ve also got a huge library stack that I’ll never get through. Has anyone read The Queen of the Tearling? The library copy had a beautiful spine and a ribbon bookmark that pulled me in. I’m trying to decide if I should make that one a priority in my tall stack of books.


A Dog, a Game, and YA Lit

Today I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her monthly Twitterature. If you are looking for some new book recommendations check out her post and click on other links, there is always a great assortment of books reviewed.

Here is what I’ve been reading over the last month-ish:


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This was the book club pick for the month. The style was creative with lots of diagrams included, and the first person narrative from an autistic boy was intriguing, but this book really wasn’t my favorite. Maybe it’s the sad undertones, or maybe the style just wasn’t for me. Well done, but not my taste.


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

For E&P I listened to the audio (which was great by the way). This was one of those books that made me want to drive, just so I could listen to it. The story definitely kept my attention, my only complaint is that I didn’t completely love the ending.


A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook (for A Game of Thrones) by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer

In the last few months the Game of Thrones bandwagon has swept me up. Of coarse, when I heard there was an associated cookbook, I had to grab it from the library. Each recipe quotes the passage of the book the meal was inspired from, and includes excerpts from real medieval recipes. The authors (who also write a Game of Thrones food blog) translated those recipes to something we can make with tools and ingredients commonly found today. My recommendation: try the Sweetcorn Fritters (pg.123)  and Modern Cheese-and-Onion Pie (pg. 145).

My reading time has been a little sparse lately with lots of summer travel and finally getting my Etsy shop open, what should I look to read next?