Monday, March 9, 2009

Books and Blogs

I've been a bad bad blogger. I've neglected my poor blog and even my husband is telling me that I need to update. I didn't realize he was such a fan. (Hi honey!) I don't know what it is, if it's the illnesses running around the house, or whatever, but I've been running dry on topics to post about. I've also been bad at checking out other blogs. I hope to have time today to make some blog rounds and say "Hi!" and see what everybody is up to.

I have been on a really good reading streak. I've picked up some GREAT books lately. The last book that I read was Paper Towns by John Green. This book has so many strengths including humor, wit, and John Green knows how to end a chapter in a way that makes you want to read more. He also uses comparison and contrast in a masterful way: mirrors and windows, circles and lines/string. You'll have to read it to see what I'm talking about. It's brilliant the way he uses them.


I'm currently reading Unwind by Neal Shusterman. WOW! I hope to finish it this week. It has had my heart clenched since page 1. It's clever, well-thought out and smart. I'll probably share more about it when I'm done. But for now let me just say "WOW!" My only caution is that it deals heavily with abortion issues. So, if you are sensitive to that topic, this may not be the book for you. However, if you can look past the issues and focus on the story, it's dark, chilling but very well told!

For those of you who are up for a good read, but don't know what to pick up, I came across this great site on Twitter. It's called Flash Light Worthy books. Click here and you can browse their suggestions.

OK, I'm off to do some blog surfing, revising my current WIP and then house cleaning.

So tell me. What are you reading?

14 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Both are totally on my list to read. I've hesitated with Unwind for just the reasons you say, but I do like Neal Shusterman, and I've heard great things about this book.

Carrie Harris said...

I've read both of these in the past few months, and I adored them. I'm just starting Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and can't wait to see how it turns out!!!

beth said...

I'm in the middle of Paper Towns...I think I'm a bit burnt out on Green's tone because I also just finished An Abundance of Katherines....but it is a good book.

adrienne said...

I'm finally reading Eclipse, but I'm already annoyed with it. I'll have to check out Flashlight Worthy...

Brenda said...

Too busy with things to read anything right now, but I do have a trip to the library planned for later this week...

Kelly said...

Welcome back to your blog, Christy! :0)
I just finished Sophomore Undercover by Ben Esch and am reading New Moon.

Bish Denham said...

Hi Christy! Just when I think I'm catching up on my reading I discover there are at least a hundred more books to add to my list! I'm currently reading A Great and Terrible Beauty (I know it's already like 6 years old) and am completely caught up in the story.

Kelly H-Y said...

Thanks for the book recommendations! Finished "The Shack" a while back, and am working my way through "Having a Mary Heart in Martha World".

Lily Cate said...

Finally getting around to reading Inkspell. And then I'm going to have to take a break from kiddie lit for just a little while, I feel.
I'm deep in revision territory, and I need to cleanse the pallette a little!

Angela said...

I'm just about to start 'feindish deeds' by PJ Bracegirdle. It looks like anice dark midgrade and I'm looking forward to it. :-)

(and I think it's cool your hubby reads your blog!)

Solvang Sherrie said...

I just finished People of Sparks and now I'm reading the Titan's Curse. I have to hurry because my son is plowing through the Percy Jackson books right behind me :^)

Solvang Sherrie said...

I just noticed you have Graceling on your bookshelf and it's in my pile. I think I'll read that next...

Marcia said...

Loved UNWIND! Am reading a Mary Downing Hahn book about the civil war -- can't check the title now as it's at the other end of the house.

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