Saturday, May 15, 2010

Turning to books

As my boyfriend has let me down (and I will not blog about that. I know no one is interested in personal whining) I find myself turning more to books in time of need.

Since my last reading update I've finished Lord Sunday and read Rosemary & Rue by Seanan McGuire. I've bought 2 more books, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins & A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (2nd in the series). I haven't used the library in YEARS for book reading. It's not that I have any moral objections to libraries. My middle school & high school library formed my reading habits. However I've never had much luck at the public library. Last time I went the fantasy section was very limited & the YA fantasy was limited as well. However reading is an expensive hobby so I think I might try to borrow a little more.

Thoughts on books I've recently read:

Lord Sunday
I love the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. This was a well-written, faster-paced and fitting conclusion to the series. The end surprised me. I might just be dense because I know other people figured it during the book. I enjoy the depth & contemplation in this series. It's deep yet not pretentious.

Rosemary and Rue
Enjoyable book, easy to read. Not sure why urban-fantasy detectives have to be "I'm so cool because I'm not trying" but it only bothers me a little. The blending of the human-fae world is beautifully written and I absolutely love the world. There are some flaws and oversights and maybe some subplots that should have been explored more. However it's a really good book.

Hex Hall (Currently Reading)
Like any magical boarding school there are some aspects that remind me of Harry Potter. Only it's like the girl-novel equivalent. It doesn't try to avoid Harry Potter comparisons which I find refreshing. You're in the same genre as the most famous YA book in years. Accepting it is good. The main character and her roommate both seem very interesting. Not much has happened but I really enjoy the book so far. I can see a mystery that is building and I want to know where it will go.

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