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Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Helplessly Behind

I'm helplessly behind on book reviews. Unfortunately, the weather is really nice outside, so I'm having trouble focusing on things like blogging and keeping ya'll up to date on my opinions of the books I've been reading lately.

But hey, the outdoors is pretty nice. In Minnesota, we only get a few precious months of warm weather, so I kinda have to make what I can of it. Even reading gets moved outside if it's nice enough. Reading a lighter, summery book whilst lying outside in the sun is one of life's greatest pleasures, I do believe.

In fact, I've been reading more since the weather got nice. Usually the cold weather makes me want to curl up with a book, but this summer I've just been so drawn to the couch, or the deck, or a lying on a blanket in the grass with a good book.

Here are some books I've read lately and really want to blather about:

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. It's set in my home state, its about a family faced with an impossible situation, and it shows a man of faith prominently as a person, not a stereotype. And miracles? In there too.

Since finishing the Fables and the Sandman series, I've decided to delve into some new graphic novels series. On a recommendation from my uncle (huge graphic novel aficionado), I've started reading Walking Dead, all about life after the Zombie Apocalypse. While I feel like with World War Z, I'd read everything there was to read about the Zombie Apocalypse, I was wrong. This series brings something new to the tried and true tropes of the genre. It's more tightly focused on a single group of people. It's kind of hopefully, despite all the zombies and stuff.

I also started Emma, that manga series everyone seems to be gaga over. And I've discovered that it's with good reason. Emma is great. It's quiet and beautiful and romantic. And it has a really great heroine. She's not a modern heroine (a pet peeve of mine when writers insert modern values into historical fiction), but she is exactly right for the novel.

I also read a few books that plumbed the depths of evil. I don't recommend these for your light reading or anything, but The Lucifer Effect, about what causes people to do evil things, and A Beautiful Child, about a girl who suffered under the thumb of an evil person are worth reading despite that.

Then there's a few ass-kicking books. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi and Storm Front by Jim Butcher. I don't know what else to say about them, other than both hubby and I liked them, so there.

There's more of course (there always is, isn't there?) but I'm going to just work on getting to those reviews instead of teasing you. What have you been reading lately? If you need me, I'm going to be out on the lawn reading.


Vasilly said...

This morning I started The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. I'm thinking about starting Emma but my library only has the first two copies of it. =( Happy reading and have a great week.

bermudaonion said...

I've been doing a lot of my reading on the our front porch with our dog in my lap. It's so nice to enjoy a book outside.

Alice Teh said...

You've been reading really interesting stuff. I've got loads of backlog in book reviews... I'm currently reading The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes.

Stephanie said...

I still have a long way to go before I get through either The Sandman or Fables, but I'm always on the lookout for a good Zombie book!!

LOVED the Dresden Files books.

Anonymous said...

The Lucifer Effect really interested me a while back but I'll have to wait for it as I don't think I'm in the mood for anything too serious right now :)

You should definitely enjoy the weather. Its rainy cats and gods here and I would give anything for a sunny day :)

Susan said...

I'm so far behind on my reviews too! It's good to know that you are lounging around reading when you can. It's lovely to have weather that makes you want to read!!!

Rhinoa said...

I am really behind on my reviews still as well. I can recommend The Dreaming manga series by Queenie Chan if you haven't read them already (there are 3) and Y The Last Man graphic novel series. Also Cut Here by Mike Carey (series of 3) graphic novels.