|The 48 Unread Books - Now Down to 45!
||[Mar. 24th, 2013|07:49 pm]
The list of 48 unread books is now down to 45 unread books! These are the books I've read so far:|
Discord's Apple - Carrie Vaughn
Owned since: April 2012 (birthday present)
Carrie Vaughn is one of my favourite authors - I really like her 'Kitty' series, which is about a werewolf called Kitty who hosts a call-in radio show which turns into a show about the supernatural.
This book is more of a traditional fantasy book, despite being set in the present day. The main character, Evie, comes back to her home-town to look after her ill father, and discovers the storeroom under the house is filled with mythical artifacts, and people keep turning up to ask for things like glass slippers and a sword in a stone.
It's a really interesting mix of present-day, the past (tracing the history of the family and how they came to look after all the things), and myths. She includes a lot of different myths, though it focuses on Greek myths. However, I found the ending to be quite bleak and unsettling in some ways.
Married With Zombies - Jesse Petersen
Owned since: Xmas 2012
I hadn't decided how to choose the order I would read the unread books in, I did think that I would leave the newer books until last. However, I needed something light and fun to read, and this fit the bill, despite being about a couple surviving the zombie apocalypse and repairing their marriage :)
Although zombies are the current thing, I haven't read much zombie fiction, but I really enjoyed this. Dave and Sarah are going to marriage counselling, but arrive there to discover their marriage counsellor has become a zombie and is eating the previous couple. THe book follows them as they try to survive the zombie outbreak taking over the west coast of America and escape to somewhere safe. It manages to mix the bleakness of the world around you being destroyed with comedy moments, and each chapter starts with a helpful quote about improving your marriage while fighting zombies :)
The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright
Owned since: Xmas 2011
This is one of the books I've read before - I read this when I was young, and I was surprised when re-reading it that there were certain phrases I remembered - the description of the children's playroom, for example.
The story follows the four Melendy children who decided to pool their weekly pocket money (or allowance, as it's American) so each of them can have a weekly adventure. It's set in 1941 New York, and seems very old-fashioned (their father is very unhappy with Mona, the eldest, getting a manicure and her nails painted red). However, it's a sweet book, and I think I started to love New York from the descriptions in this book.
I'm now reading my book club book (Notes from an Exhibition, by Patrick Gale), but once I've finished that I'll be back to the unread books.