Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Diary of Anais Nin: Volume 2 by Anais Nin (of course): Anais Nin is perhaps most known for her diaries, and over fifteen volumes of them have been published. There is also this crazy photo of her and her seemingly hundreds of diaries. It's beautiful. I've been needing some inspiration to amp up my journaling, and figured she would be perfect inspiration.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse: I don't actually know too much about this one. But if you remember my last haul, I was reading more about spirituality and this is in that vein of things. I'm looking forward to reading it. Every time someone mentions it to me, it's usually tacked on with, "it'll change your life!"
Witch Child by Celia Rees: I have this weird goal to one day be an expert on the Salem Witch Trials. An expert of History Channel proportions. To get in the mood, I bought a fictional YA novel dealing with the witch trials in Puritan New England. Perhaps this won't get me to expertdom, but it's a step in the right direction.
Delta of Venus by Anais Nin: Another Anais Nin, and this is a saucy one! Besides being a famous diarist, Anais Nin is also, possibly, the most famous female erotica author of all time (sorry, E.L James). I don't usually read a lot of erotica, but I have read some stories from this book, and woowee! Well-written and quite sexy. I probably won't read this all in one go, but a story here and there, and I'll let you know how it goes!
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes : I remember reading the short story that birthed this novel in my eighth grade english class, but I don't remember much after that.
Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle: This was not bought at the used bookstore, but I bought it today and need to share. This is a recipe book of "cocktails with a literary twist." I love books, and as a writer I love a good drinks (stereotypes, I know), so putting the two of them together is a brilliant combination. It features drinks such as the Brave New Swirled, Rye and Prejudice, and One Hundred Beers of Solitude. There are also sections for mock-tails, snacks, and drinking games. My favorite? "Pour a cold drink over your head every time you get an awkward boner during Lolita." Ha! Do not be surprised to see some upcoming book reviews with a drink attached to them, as I plan on making the drinks as I read the books, and I will review the cocktail book as we go along.
Phew! Have you read any of these? Which ones should I attempt to get to first?
Friday, April 19, 2013
What Sisters Red had in intense action, Sweetly had in mystery and suspense. Right away, the reader's feelings are torn on Sophia Kelly. She's so beautiful and sweet, but Jackson Pearce sets up an uneasiness about her with swaying moods and a gossipy small town. I tore through this book, wanting to get to the bottom of the mysterious chocolatier, and the secrets swirling around her. Pearce also really raised the stakes with romance, and two outsiders trying to become insiders in a town that is anything but accepting of newcomers.
Pearce did a good job at tying this novel with Sisters Red, the Fenris make another appearance, and Samuel is none other than Silas' brother! However, I finished the book wishing that the novel had stayed a little truer to the original fairy-tale of Hansel and Gretel. I was a little let down by the ending (which I can't share with you for spoiler reasons!), but it didn't completely tarnish my reading experience, and I'm looking forward to reading her third fairy-tale retelling - there are mermaids!
Rating: 3.75 / 5
Have you read this book? Did anyone else love Hansel and Gretel growing up?
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Have you read The Great Gatsby? Are you as excited as I am for the film?