Sunday, July 15, 2012

Overseas by Beatriz Williams

So many things were so good about this novel that it’s a little hard to know where to start. I am really into otherwordly fiction lately and this was completely enjoyable. I think what made it work so well was that the conflict was executed so skillfully, but subtly, on so many levels. I had to make myself keep it off my nightstand, because I would have read all night. It didn’t have the same poignancy as Time Traveler’s Wife, but I’m okay with a no-tears-type book.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bookaholic's Most Anticipated Summer Read

I've already established that Bookaholics like me read a lot of books. Let's be honest, some of those books can be downright bad.

I possess those bizarre personality quirks of tenacity and loyalty, which means if I start a book, I'm most likely going to finish it. And if I find an author I like, I will read their books regardless of how far they've devolved into the unrecognizable. I just can't stop myself. 

So, when I come across a noteworthy piece of fiction, I want to herald this find with full trumpet fanfare.

Enter Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches.* (Shelfari page here)

I flat-out love this book. It has everything going for it in my opinion--engaging plot, character depth and development, and superior writing.

So why am I just now writing about a book that was released in February of 2011? This brings me to another one of my reading quirks: If  a book is in a series, I always wait until at least 2 books are on the market. Two days ago (July 10, 2012) the second book in the All Souls Trilogy and sequel to Discovery was released.

 Shadow of Night (Shelfari page here) holds the promise of greatness glimpsed in Discovery. And while I can't tell you whether it delivers on this promise as I haven't read it yet (saving it for the beach trip at the end of next week, if I can wait that long), I anticipate the same level of enjoyment from this exciting new offering.

Happy reading,


*Those of you who read my blog post about grammar a couple of weeks ago regarding an issue my ccritique group was debating, might find it interesting to know I had to refer back to that article when writing the words  Deborah Harkness'. Stupid Grammar.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Hello, my name is Melissa, and I am a Bookaholic.

When you think of losing yourself in a book, images of comfortable, oversized chairs, crackling fires, and dark evenings might spring to mind. While winter reigns as the undisputed king of novel reading, Summer just might be its queen. Blistering heat, cool air conditioning, and sandy beaches all make periods of inactivity a requirement for survival. Enter books. Many, many, many books.

It takes me about a day to read a typical paperback book. Something a little meatier might spread out over a few days. I wake up early to read. I go to bed late because I'm reading. I read while my children have horseback riding lessons, swim practice, and tennis lessons. I read on the treadmill. I listen to books on tape while I do other exercise and activities. And when I'm not reading--or playing games with my children--I am writing.

Books are my window to the world. My brain is filled with useless nuggets of information which have little or no connection to any other part of my life, all attributed to books I have read. My family takes turns trying to stump me with obscure facts. They usually walk away with an eye roll and call me "well, actually" (which is patently false, by the way; I do not say that . . . much).

A diverse group of new releases this month are currently pre-ordered and stockpiled in my Kindle for an upcoming beach trip. My husband will be grateful for the absence of the dozen-or-so books that usually accompany me on a vacatation, I assure you. And if you still have any questions about what constitutes a Bookaholic, you can ask him. He pays all the bills.

Are you a Bookaholic too?


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fiction July 2012: Big reads are here

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness Viking, 592p
The sequel to Discovery of Witches takes place in Elizabethan London where reluctant witch Diana is tutored in magic and Matthew confronts his past.

The After Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer Ballantine, 288p
Light-hearted story about a recent widow and the quirky and otherworldly support group

Some Kind of Fairy Taleby Graham Joyce Doubleday, 352p
Fantasy with mystery thread about a 16 year old girl who disappears from her English village and then reappears, unchanged, twenty years later

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin St. Martin’s, 384p
The ideal life of a thirtysomething man is interrupted when an 18 year-old girls drops into it

The Next Best Thingby Jennifer Weiner Atria: S. & S., 416p
A woman has a sitcom accepted in Hollywood but then all her dreams come crashing down

Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novelby James Lee Burke S. & S., 480p
An atmospheric southern thriller--Robicheaux hasn’t fully recovered from the injuries he received in his last investigation when a mysterious visitor leads him to the next one.