Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Turn the Page... Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!
Happy Groundhog Day!
Happy Birthday, Mom-In-Law!
Happy Turn the Page... Tuesday!

January was a slower month for reading... I tried, but I couldn't get into Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.  I quit right around last month's TTP... T.  I might go back to it, but not yet.

What would a month be with more Sookie!?  I had a blast reading more of the Sookie Stackhouse southern vampire series by Charlaine Harris.  This time, Book 4: Dead to the World.

It was neat to read this one right now (in January)... the story was set in January, too (tho it's substantially warmer in New Orleans than in New York).  Sookie set her New Year's Resolutions at about the same time I did.  (And that's the end of the similarities between her life and mine.) 
In addition to the usual vampires, shape-shifters and were-wolves (and were-panthers, etc) came out of the woodwork.  Oh, and witches... there were Wiccans and Witches this time, too.  It was a crazy scene.  I LOVED it!
Why it's named Dead to the World, tho, I'm not sure.  Keeping with the DEAD theme, I suspect.  I once heard an interview with Ms. Harris and she admitted that her publisher/agent usually choose the title, much to her dismay, sometimes.

I'm currently reading The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates.  This is the March selection for my Book Club.  I've never read any JCO before, but I've heard it's "different".  So far, The Falls is living up to that description.  In the first chapter (even told on the book jacket), a man commits suicide by jumping over Niagara Falls, leaving his wife of less than 24-hours alone in their honeymoon suite.
Cheery, eh?

I've been enjoying the story so far & the characters are vividly written.  Plus, I'm loving the references to the different locations in the book.  I live within 50 miles of Niagara Falls and can really see the scenes she describes from various visits there. 
I'm about 1/4 of the way into it... so, we'll see where it goes.  I'll be sure to post an update next month.

Well, that's it... like I said, kind of a slow month for reading. 
Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to pop over to Some of a Kind to see what others are reading, or to join in!
See ya next month!

P.S.  Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) saw his shadow... 6 more weeks of winter.   Oh well, more time for reading.


~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I've never read any JCO -- but that story sounds intriguing. And (I'm bad), but I still haven't picked up my Charlaine book yet. It's sitting in the same spot it was last month. My book pile keeps growing and I get distracted very easily. I promise to read it next, okay?

Adrienne said...

ooohhh - that last story sounds good (that seems kinda morbid - you know what I mean!) I can't wait to see what you think. As for the snow ... well - school was out for the past 2 days and will be again tomorrow ... this is Virginia Mother Nature - what are you doing?!

Paula said...

I've only read one Charlaine Harris and really enjoyed it, so must pick up some more. They're quick, fun reads.
The Falls sounds good but I'm thinking you'd have to be in the right mood for it. I do love reading books that are set in places I'm familiar with. Makes it even more fun to be able to picture the scenes.

Stacey's Treasures said...

These sound like fun books.
Yes, Phil saw his shadow. Here in North Dakota we will have at least six more weeks of winter no matter what.

luci said...

the falls sounds good and I have always wanted to see the Niagra falls... but maybe not for my honeymoon... (make mental note!) I am a s-l-o-w reader too!

luci said...

started Water For Elephants! Loving it! thanks for visiting my blog x