Thursday, February 05, 2009

What Are You Reading?

I'm looking for some book suggestions!!!! Let me have 'em!

Right now, I'm re-reading "Pride & Prejudice", which is something I haven't done in about 10 years. I read it in high school, and then again in college, but in the interim, I've only watched the movies...several (many) times.

This is the first time I've read it as a writer, and it's really interesting to notice things I've never noticed before. I'm really studying Austen's narrative technique and especially her understated witty snark. Love it!

I also need to get back to the second Lady Julia Grey mystery "Silent in the Sanctuary" by Deanna Raybourn. I left it hanging while I decided to parse Austen's prose, but it's so good, so I'll be happy to get to it. I don't normally leave a book unread in the middle...particularly a good book.

After that, I think next up is "Envy" by Anna Godbersen, the third in her deliciously scandalous "The Luxe" series about rich teenagers in New York's Gilded Age. Think "Gossip Girl" meets "The Age of Innocence." It's like a trainwreck. You can't look away. LOVE IT!

So what should I read after that? I'm open to any and all suggestions!


  1. I'm reading a few different books too, of course. LOL. Here are two I have on my bedside stand:

    Feed by MT Anderson--this is a futuristic story. It's CRAAAZY so far...the dialect is different and really feels like how a teen in the future would talk.

    Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka--it's set in Japan in 1861, when they reopened their borders. I love it so far.

  2. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. Awesome series.

  3. Jennifer11:39 AM

    Am re-reading Pride and Prejudice now, as well. One of my all-time favorites, this is my fourth time reading it!

    Other books worth re-reading:
    Our Town (Thornton Wilder): In my opinion, one of the best written pieces of American drama.

    Cannery Row (John Steinbeck): A great character study of early twentieth century California

    Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier): A great, engrossing suspense novel.

  4. Books I've read in the past week or so include THE LOST RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS by Barbara O'Neal and the first four Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. One good thing about coming to a series late is being able to read the books one right after another.

  5. Ooh, Rhonda, I loved FEED! That was a really fascinating, fast-paced, well-written book, IMHO!

    Not sure of your taste, Amanda. Have you read THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER by Ellen Emerson White?

  6. I just picked up Lynn Veihl's new one about Robin of Locksley. Totally stoked.

  7. I have ENVY loaded and ready to go too. I want to finish NICOLA AND THE VISCOUNT(Meg Cabot) first.

  8. I'm reading Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, fantastic read set in an alternate Earth where huge airships dot the sky and transport people across the Pacificus like a luxury liner. It has sky pirates, glamour, and shipwrecks (or skywrecks). All centred around a fifteen year old guy who's just trying to get a leg up in the world. It's fast paced and the imagery he uses is wonderful.

  9. I just bought THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness. It's about a boy in a society infected by "Noise"--everyone can constantly hear everyone elses' thoughts...until be stumbles upon a bit of quiet somewhere and everything he thought he knew starts to unravel...
    And for Uni, I'm currently reading RUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell, HARD TIMES by Dickens, PARADISE LOST, and some Pinter plays.