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What Are You Reading?

Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys Book Cover

It’s Friday again…LATE Friday, but still…it’s Friday, and Friday is What Are You Reading Day. Me, I’m about half way finished with Book 2 of The Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves. I finished re-reading The Raven Boys a few days ago, and started right in on this one, and with every single page, I’m reminded yet again what a powerful writer Maggie Stiefvater is. Lots of folks write pretty good YA books and fun Urban Fantasy series, but very few people reach the level of writing Stiefvater does. She can lay open a character’s soul more efficiently than a boning knife, and often, with equally painful results.Β  I want to say more, but I’m restraining myself. I’ll be reviewing these two books soon enough, so no need to go farther at this point.

Your turn, though. What are you reading, and are you enjoying it? Let’s ask that, too. *tapping my foot, here, eager to know*


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10 thoughts on “What Are You Reading?

  1. Beach Blanket Barbie, and The Yanks Are Starving


  2. I’m currently reading The Zodiac Collector, by Laura Diamond πŸ™‚
    I read The Raven Boys last summer. Wasn’t my favorite but I’m probably the only person who isn’t a fan!


    • Will check out the Zodiac Collector, too. As for Maggie Stiefvater, I will read anything she writes, and these 4 boys in this series are so broken and damaged, yet hopeful, and filled with longing, I can barely read it without wanting to climb into the books and help fix them. And I adore Blue, as well. But my favorite, for sheer beauty and chills, was The Scorpio Races. (That could change before this series is over though.)

      I can see that it wouldn’t be for everyone. It’s so raw and dark, it takes my breath away in places.. But I have hopes it won’t end badly, at least not for everyone.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, about a man who had four close friends who suddenly cut him out of their lives, several years later trying to figure out why. It’s strange, but fascinating.


    • Good Morning, Caitlin! Even the title sounds strange on that one! πŸ™‚ I can always count on you to have found things I would probably never discover any other way. I’ll be checking this one out, too. Thanks for taking the time to say hi, and comment! Have a great weekend. (Raining and COOL(ish) here in central Florida. What a change!)


  4. Hi, Marcia! I found you through Mr. 23 Thorns, after I enticed him to join the Blog Hop. I’m a book lover since my Mum taught me to read at age 4. So I’ll be looking forward to your reviews. I don’t read a lot of modern novels, but once in a while I check out something new. I’ve just finished re-reading Guy Gavriel Kay’s “The Lions of Al-Rassan”, which I think is one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever read (or maybe I should say ‘stories about love’). Now, don’t get me wrong; this is NOT a romance novel. It’s complex and subtle, in the plotting, the characters and the philosophical examination of power, religion, nationality and so much more. It’s hard to describe his work and what I’ve just written doesn’t really do the job. I highly recommend anything he’s written. He worked with Christopher Tolkien on ‘The Silmarillion’ after J.R.R. died. So his first trilogy shows the influence, but is still very much his own. (that would be “The Fionavar Tapestry” trilogy). After that, you can see his growth and development as an author. I honestly feel he’s our best novelist, but his work is generally classed under ‘fantasy’. Don’t let that put you off, though. I’d recommend reading his books in the order they were written, but maybe you just like to dive in wherever.

    I’ve also been re-reading some Ray Bradbury; mostly the classics like “The Martian Chronicles”, but I also discovered an autobiographical book he wrote about the time he spent in Ireland with John Huston “Green Shadows, White Whale”. He was working on the script of the movie “Moby Dick”. I like autobiographies in general, usually older ones from before WWII. I can recommend “GS,WW”, though. Highly entertaining and it was interesting to get a glimpse of life with a great director.

    My Mum reads mostly murder mysteries, so I’m currently reading a couple by Patricia Hall. These are set in Yorkshire, in the town where she grew up. Good reads that deal with relationships in the modern world, racism and domestic violence. The main characters are DCI Thackeray and his girlfriend Laura, a local reporter. Their work often intersects, of course, and their relationship is very well depicted.

    I’m also browsing through a huge book on the dye Indigo. Fascinating, but I haven’t had time to read it; mostly I’m just enjoying the pictures.

    Well, I’ll stop with that; I used to read over a book a day, but just now am too busy and besides, there’s stuff to make and all that . . . πŸ™‚ I’ve read a couple of your posts and I love your blog! I’ll be following you on FB and twitter. Happy to help any authors; they need all the help they can get, these days.

    Oh, and I loved the Thor’s Day photos. Too funny!!! ~ Linne


  5. Hi, Linne! Welcome to Bookin’ It! Any friend of Mr. 23 is a friend of mine, by golly! SO glad you convinced him to do the Blog Hop, and I’m working on my post this weekend. (The week turned out to be busier than I expected.)

    You are a woman of many tastes and interests, obviously, as evidenced by this comment (and by the fact that I cheated and looked at your blog before responding here. Definitely plan to follow you!)

    Despite what you might think from reading about my current obsession with Urban Fantasy and the like, I’ve been reading many, many years (OOOOH, so many!) and I’ve read a bit of just about everything. Except…brace yourself…Tolkien. I know, I know. A huge hole in my reading experience. I started The Hobbit. Several times. Somehow I got bogged down. Maybe my mind has gotten lazier of late, I’m not sure. I mean, I loved the movies, and everything. πŸ˜€ But I’ve put Tolkien back on my To Be Read pile for now. Maybe I’ll read him when I’m OLD and settle into that rocking chair. πŸ˜‰

    Nor have I read Kay. Probably for the same reasons, but I’ll still check out this book, and I appreciate your letting us know about it.

    Now Bradbury is a different story. I’ve read everything he ever wrote, I think…EXCEPT “Green Shadows, White Whale.” I honestly didn’t even know about this one. I’m SO adding it to my list. Bradbury has been a great favorite of mine for years and years. And years.

    And neither the word Romance (except for the blatantly bodice-ripping kind with the Fabio covers) nor Fantasy (unless it weighs more than I do) puts me off. I’m a pretty romantic soul, I’m afraid, with a love for things fantastic and mostly impossible. Plus, I write romantic suspense, one series of which has a definite paranormal edge (not in the werewolf/vampire genre, but just a bit of spooky, and ghostly).

    I’ve had my spells of reading a book a day, too, but now that I’m writing a chapter a day (or so), I’ve had to cut waaaay back on my reading time. I still cram an hour or two into the late evening time slot, but it’s not nearly as much reading as I want to do. That, for me, is the only down side of writing.

    Thank you so much for stopping by, and for taking the time to introduce yourself, and share your current and favorite reading with us. And thank you, as well, for any help you give authors, especially newbies and indies. We need all we can get! πŸ™‚

    Please stop by often, and I hope you’ll enjoy looking around when you do. You never know what you might find here, and I’ll be happy to see you visiting!


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