Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Curling Up with a Good Book

Because I'm working through a tough spot in my WIP, I decided to take a little break (ok, it's procrastination city around here) and troll some publishing sites to see what's going on in the world of books.

It seems Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is selling well, though I'm not sure if it's surpassed industry predictions. Has anyone read it? The reviews haven't been kind. I liked his previous books, didn't love them, so I can wait for paperback on this one.

The hub just finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson, so I think I might surprise him and hit Borders today for The Girl Who Played with Fire. I still need to read TGWTDT. I tried in the summer, but it was a slow starter for me. Maybe I had a hard time getting my head around all the Swedish names.

Three books I've been waiting for come out this fall: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr, and John Irving's Last Night in Twisted River (obsessed, I know). I'm too impatient to put myself on the long waiting list at the library, so it's hardcover for all three of these babies (better collect those Borders coupons or order from Amazon). I'm a little afraid to read Audrey's latest because I liked The Time Traveler's Wife so much. EW's review was not so hot, so I'm worried.

So, what are you guys reading now? I tend to go in spurts, and right now I'm in a voracious reading phase--give me some suggestions, please!


  1. Have you read The Secret History? I picked it up this summer and found it amazing. Also, it's a great escape when you should be doing something else!

  2. Okay, So I haven't actually READ this book... And I NEVER read bios or auto bios. I probably should... but don't.

    But I have to admit, I am obsessed with getting True Compass (Ted Kennedy) Just obsessed. Can't wait. May. Buy. Hardcover.

    As for a nice little journey, have you read Sister of My Heart? Or any other book by the amazing Divakariuni?

  3. Caroline--I just reread that book. Love it!

    Suzanne--Thanks for the suggestions. Have not read Sister of My Heart--I'll have to check it out!

  4. I can't wait to read Her Fearful Symmetry. It just sounds so interesting, plus I didn't love The Time Travelers Wife, so my expectations aren't as high as others.

    I haven't been reading anything lately, which is awful. Just writing and TV. Pathetic, I know.

  5. I am actually reading the 4th book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. My 10 year old is also reading this series and we have little nightly book club meetings to discuss. As for the next grown up book I will read, I'll probably go back to the Laurell Hamilton vampire slayer series that I have been reading. I do love my trash! I think I'm on book 5 or 6. I did buy the hardcover of THE LOST SYMBOL, so, Loretta, if you are interested, I can lend it to you. Haven't read it yet, but I'm also not in a hurry.

  6. L & L--the first chapter of Her Fearful Symmetry is up on the Borders' site.

    Kathleen--Thanks! I'll be interested to hear what you think. I also think the Percy Jackson books are in my future...

  7. I like YOUR suggestions! I'll have to put them on my list!

  8. I would highly suggest continuing with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I *loved* this book and its sequel, and I am anxiously awaiting the third installment. It's a little strange in the beginning, but if you give it time to unfurl, I think you'll love it too.

    Also, I recently read Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Another excellent read.

  9. Thanks, Kelly!

    Dee--I'll check that one out! And, I'll give Larsson's book another chance!