Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Voracious Reader

Howdy Folks,

Okay, yes, that's the Texan coming out again LOL. In any case, lately I've been reading like a fiend. Books are like air, water and food to me in many ways, so reading as much as I can is a big deal for me. Plus, it gives me an idea as to what's out there, writing styles, and sometimes even inspires me in my own writing.

I just finished the 3rd of the 3 books that was on my list to read. So, I thought today I'd talk about them:

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber was awesome. There's two books by her that have stood out in my mind (the most) and this is one of them. The other is Between Friends, which reminded me of the close friendship I have with Sarah J. The Perfect Christmas was a nice blend of holiday cheer, humor/mishaps and romance. I recommend it. I even think it's one my mom would really like.

A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn was a retelling of The Sleeping Beauty. I love fairy tales, and this one didn't disappoint at all. Although, I still like Beastly (also by Alex Flinn) best, I think this one is great. I love her style and she has a nice blend of the modern with the fairy tale.

Wings by E.D. Baker blends in Shakespeare's A Mid-Summer Night's Dream with a myriad of other fey characters (including, nymphs, gnomes, fairies, goblins, unicorns, snake women, and trolls). I liked the way she pulled in the characters of Titania and Oberon. Nice "nod" to the Shakespearean play.

I'm planning on reading Ever by Gail Carson Levine as soon as I can get it. I've read Ella Enchanted, some fairy-tale retellings in 2 anthology format, and Fairest by her, so I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with Ever.

So what's on your reading list? What do you want to read, but haven't gotten around to, yet? Do you "gobble up" books or do you take your time?

Have A Treasure Trove Tuesday!


Tamika: said...

Reading is my favorite pasttime. When my kids aren't buzzing in my ear!

Sounds like you've read some hits. Thanks for the great recommendations.

Happy writing!

bethanyintexas said...


They were all good, and if they aren't hits, they should be. LOL

You're welcome about the recommendations. I don't tell people they HAVE to read something because I never liked feeling like I was forced to read something, so I don't want anybody else to feel forced to read anything, so that's why I just say why I like a book and leave it up to the person to decide if they want to read it.

Happy writing to you, too!