Aug. 12th, 2007

foliogal: (WomanReading)
No spoilers here, just some reactions.
 
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - Easily my favorite book of the series. It had everything, and for me it was the most compelling page-turner of the HP series. And it was the first book where I kept thinking, 'This is going to make a fabulous movie. I can't wait!' My 15-year-old nephew and I read it at the same time, and we would call each other up in the evenings to discuss what we'd read each day. I gave him the first HP book when he was 8 and he's grown up along with Harry. This was the first one of the series where we sat down and had a real 'grown-up' discussion about the book, the characters, their motivations and what it all meant. It was his favorite HP book as well. But I think the greatest joy for me was when he thanked me for giving him that first HP book and telling me he wasn't sure he would now have such a  passionate love of reading if it hadn't been for that. Color me one proud and happy auntie.
 
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Wow. I'd heard nothing but raves about this book so I couldn't wait to read it. Perhaps there's another book out there of the same title that all those other people read… The style of writing didn't engage me, there was a major squick factor I couldn't overcome, and I suppose the deal-breaker for me was that I never liked the main character. I more or less forced myself to finish it to see how it all turned out, but it was a pretty much joyless read.
 
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - I can't say enough about this book. I picked it up and started reading and could barely force myself to put it down. This isn't an easy story, and it has its share of heartbreak  -- no surprise there as it's set in modern day Afghanistan -- but it's a story that won't fade away after you've read it. It stays with you and won't let go. I'd recommend this read to anyone; in fact, I'd call it one of the best novels I've read.
 
I'm getting ready to start Hosseini's second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and I'm hoping for another powerful read.

I've been using LibraryThing (www.librarything.com) to organize my books as I read them, and it's been great for keeping me on track with my reading. I realized a few months ago thta I'd pretty much been reading nothing but fanfic for some time now. I love fanfic, and I wouldn't give it up for the world, but that was all I was reading. Gone were the days when I would put a book in my handbag to have it to read if I found myself with a few spare minutes or having one I automatically picked up whenever I sat down. I think I'm back on track now, with a good mixture, and once again find a novel in my handbag and a book or two which I automatically reach for when I sit down.

Recommendations for good reads cheerfully accepted. :)
 
 

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