And today we have…

I decided to have a wander around our little town centre and visit the charity shops as I hadn’t done it in a while. Came back with :

Kresley Cole – Dark Desires After Dusk
Christine Feehan – Dark Fire
Marian Keyes – Anybody Out There
Marian Keyes – Further Under the Duvet
Marian Keyes – The Other Side of the Story

So I am happy! I’m also behind with some reviews, oops! Will get on with them now 🙂

Eagerly awaited order!

OK, so I caved in and ordered the next Lois McMaster Bujold book and the next Laura Anne Gilman. Warrior’s Apprentice and Bring it on should be here sometime next week hopefully 🙂

I love Amazon marketplace, it’s such a good way to get new stuff to read if you are on a very limited budget! I do prefer to buy new, so the authors benefit but it’s just too expensive 🙁 If Libraries stocked enough of what I like to read, I would be there all the time 😉

A promise made…

… is finally a promise kept 😉

Several years ago, a good friend of mine (Graham!) urged me to read Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga. I bought the first book and it has since languished on my shelves, looking forlorn. Another friend of mine (Jody!) who is another book nut made me promise to read it, and that was a couple of years ago 😉

After a recent conversation about it with Jody, I finally dug it out and started it, almost certain it would be OK, but not fire me up. How wrong I was! 🙂

I’m about half way through Cordelia’s Honor and loving it. I hate it when people are so right 😉

Will do a full review when I’m finished 🙂

Thanks Graham and Jody!

Trying to read Darkly Dreaming Dexter

I saw a couple of the Dexter TV shows, and I looked them up online, discovering they were based on a book (Darkly Dreaming Dexter). I didn’t see any further episodes, and to be honest, the guilty feeling I got when watching them was a bit too much anyway. But I thought I’d give the book a shot.

It has three things going against it.

1. I know how it ends (in general), since I read about it in advance.
2. I know how it starts (in general), since I saw the first couple of TV shows.
3. It’s about confusion and misplaced suspicion.

Anyone who’s ever listened to me rant about what I don’t like in TV shows or books knows that I can’t cope with or don’t enjoy reading about confused identify, misplaced suspicion as a result of that confusion, etc. Having said all that, the writing is very impressive, and the first few pages have kept me gripped, so hopefully I’ll be able to get over those issues and give it a serious go.

Good Haul!

Given the amount I read, there would be absolutely no way too I could afford to buy all my books new so I browse charity shops and car boot sales for anything that looks interesting or the odd book from a favoured author that I might still be missing. I do like to have complete sets of the authors I like to re-read.

I went to 2 car boot sales today along with my friend Tracey who was staying for the weekend and usually I might come away with two or three books, today I came away with twelve! It was a good book day indeed! I didn’t pay any more than 50p for each book and a few of them were 20p or 30p.

  • Love Bug – Zoe Barnes
  • The Hard Way – Lee Child
  • Working Wonders – Jenny Colgan
  • Highland Fling – Katie Fforde
  • Artistic Licence – Katie Fforde
  • Pig Island – Mo Hayder
  • Ralph’s Party – Lisa Jewell
  • Watermelon – Marian Keyes
  • Serve Cool – Lauren McCrossan
  • Nadia Knows Best – Jill Mansell
  • Double Wedding – Patricia Scanlan
  • Francesca’s Party – Patricia Scanlan

I find that chick lit and crime thrillers are the easiest to get at car boot sales and charity shops and it’s the fantasy / sci-fi I tend to have to buy new.

Anyway, I am happy and have a nice pile to get through now!

Hopes for A Memory of Light

I started reading the Wheel of Time books a fair while ago, but my interest waned around book 6 (Lord of Chaos) and although I read books 7 (Crown of Swords) and 8 (The Path of Daggers) I never got any further. I found Jordan’s prose more and more convoluted and his desire to introduce further plot threads and resolve almost none too frustrating. On top of that was the fear that it would never end, and together that meant I couldn’t bring myself to read book 9 (Winter’s Heart), or any further. It was a real shame, because I had truly enjoyed the first books, and I truly wanted to know what happened, but I couldn’t help but feel that we’d never know, that major elements of the story would go unresolved.

Then it was announced the series would definitely end, in ‘one or two’ more books, and yet that didn’t help because how was it possible to resolve all those threads in such a short space (in Jordan terms)? This was just further evidence to me that we would be left in the dark over so many questions that in the past Jordan had taunted us to ‘read and find out’ (RAFO).

And then sadly, Jordan was announced as being very ill indeed, and eventually he passed away.

At the time of his death he had been working on A Memory of Light, the last of the Wheel of Time books. Tor (his publisher) announced that Brandon Sanderson had been approached and had agreed to complete the book.

So it is with mixed feelings that I look forward to it’s publication. For me it will be closure on the series, with the final book published I’ll be able to pick them all up, and read them all again, and from book 9 for the first time. Knowing the journey does have an end at last, hoping beyond hope that the questions are answered. Sanderson has a terrible burden upon his shoulders, working from Jordan’s part finished manuscript and his notes he has to both deliver something the fans feel is worthy and also something that he feels Jordan would have been proud of. I envy him not one jot, and I wish him all the best in his efforts.

I hope a Memory of Light will allow us all to move on.

Books and Me

Why do I love books? If I had to put my finger on one reason, it would be escapism. To briefly live out someone elses life via pages. I’ve read intensively from quite an early age, always reading ahead of my age group. Not too much of a boast since a lot of things I was behind on 😉

I remember teachers being exasperated and not knowing what to give me to read and trying to find suitable things. I just loved it! I think my love of re-reading stems right from then as there just wasn’t enough out there to satisfy my voracious appetite.

I get such an excited feeling of pleasure when I get a book I haven’t read yet (something which gets harder all the time!) especially if it’s a book I’ve been waiting for and really anticipated. I get a lovely warm feeling when I pick up a much loved book to re-read, always discovering something new each time I do and it’s like greeting an old friend. I read very fast which means I can miss a lot of subtle things so on a re-read, I pick those up.

My dad used to make up bedtime fairy stories for me and my sister and I attribute my love of fantasy to him 🙂 I think I was about 13 when I was bored one summer holiday and picked up J.R.R. Tolkiens – Lord of the Rings (all 3 books in one volume). I didn’t understand half of it but I loved it anyway and every couple of years I would re-read it, getting more and more out of it as my understanding grew with maturity.

Anne McCaffrey was a firm favourite early on as well, my school librarian was a fan so there were a good few of her books available – I never looked back! and still love her work some 17 years on. David Eddings, Terry Brooks, R.A. Salvatore, David Gemmell also became much loved around that time.

My tastes have evolved a lot, Fantasy is still my first love but there just simply isn’t enough in the genre to support my ‘habit’ so I pretty much read anything I can get my hands on although I never could read non-fiction apart from the odd comedy book – I think it interferes with the escapism I so love with fiction. I already know how bad or ugly the world today can be, I don’t need to read about it. I also particularly enjoy crime, urban fantasy / supernatural fiction and lighthearted chick lit, but as I said, if it’s fiction, I’ll give it a try 😉

My name is Grete Evans… and I am a book addict… 🙂