It’s Monday, What are you reading?
Hosted by Sheila at One Person’s Journey through a World of Books.
E– E-book Challenge
G – 2012 Genre Challenge
BFF – Bookie Friends’ Favourites Challenge
BL – Bucket List Challenge
S – Off The Shelf Challenge
AZ – A-Z Challenge
C – Classics Challenge
R – Review for author or publisher
K – Reading for Kindle Klub Book Group
Charlaine Harris – Dead Reckoning
The eleventh book in the Southern Vampires (aka True Blood) series. The series went a little off the boil in some of the more recent books, but this one seems to be bringing things back on track. I’m certainly enjoying it a great deal! Harris’s style is very easy to read and her characters are a lot of fun. Borrowed from the library.
Charles Dickens – Great Expectations (E/BL/C)
Till now, I’ve only ever read A Christmas Carol, as I confess I was a little afraid of reading Dickens. However, I am finding this a surprisingly humourous read and am enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. Let’s just say I now have great expectations of this novel. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist the pun! *shame*
What I love:
Again with the mostly monochrome and sharp images! This time we have a classy grey brickwork background and ornate window, with a black chandelier. The only touch of colour is in the candle flames and roses, both of which are pink. And check those cute little black bats. And the classy, slightly Gothic font for the title. Isn’t it just gorgeous? It’s actually the second in a series, so I’m going to have to look at both, as well as the new one which will be out later this year.
Jane Boyle married her prince charming and moved into his upper east side castle – but she didn’t get her fairy-tale ending
It’s hard to live happily ever after when you discover your demanding and controlling mother-in-law is literally a witch, determined to steal the magical powers you didn’t even know you had. Jane narrowly avoided Lynne Doran’s clutches when she escaped on her wedding day, and has been hiding out in New York City. But she can’t hide forever.
When Jane learns of the one thing Lynne wants most, she sets out to provide it, hoping her good turn will persuade her mother-in-law to stop hunting her. Unfortunately, Jane’s daring plan will send her right back into the witches’ den – the Doran clan’s multistory town house on Park Avenue. But thanks to a tricky spell, blond architect Jane will be transformed into Ella, a dark beauty with a whole new look . . . and all of Jane’s budding powers. Though the stakes are life or death, nobody said ‘Ella’ couldn’t have a little fun along the way, too.
What is your favorite romantic book –or book that includes a love story? (an adult romance, young adult, kids’ story, anything)
To be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of romances – I tend to find them very difficult to get into as a) the relationships are idealistically unrealistic, and b) the language used tends towards the gushy and/or cringeworthy. I avoid erotica for the same reason.
I’d guess my favourite romantic relationship from a book is the one between Stu Redman and Fran Goldsmith in The Stand by Stephen King. They’re both very “real”, and as neither of them is an angsty teenager, they have a more realistic view of the problems a relationship can face and they really go through the wringer, coping with petty jealousies, fear of abandonment, anger at each other’s actions and the shared grief of potential loss.
I’ve read the book so many times now that they feel like old friends, almost like family, and I love them both.