Summer Reading, part 1

or book geek problems…

I love my library, but sometimes I am overwhelmed by the number of holds that I receive at the same time. Like the ones I received this week. I started Clockwork Princess, only to receive Beautiful Creatures a couple of days later… so I had to put CP on hold because BC is a no-renewals, high demand copy. Must read it now, or else! And it is awesome! I’m totally engrossed in the story and so glad I decided to give it a shot. I’m falling in love with YA again this summer.

Now, I’m almost through the book… my reading has slowed to a few stolen moments now that I’m so focused on writing… but now another of my long-time hold requests just came in! Must finish BC and start Bitterblue before I can get back to CP. ZOMG! It’s like a race to finish before my check out period is up.

And let’s not even talk about my getting back to GofT. A Storm of Swords is mocking me with its secrets.

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Summer Reads

Summer has always been a time to catch up on my reading. Last summer, I reviewed every book I read (or nearly). Unfortunately, this is my last term in school and summer has little meaning for me as far as lazy days with a book go. That said, I’ve managed to finish two great reads in the last week, and am sorry that I cannot share much more than a quick post…

Fab Summer Read #1: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

Mystery, romance, Victorian-era drama and rich description. This novel gripped me from the very first line and kept me reading late into the night.

Fab Summer Read #2: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee

Part historical research, part foodie journey, Lee’s account provides fascinating insight into the world of American-Chinese food, it’s history, and it’s effect on the immigrant experience in America, as well as people’s perception of “Americanness” around the world. I don’t usually read nonfiction for fun, but Lee’s narrative style was so engaging, I was hooked. This is the kind of book that makes me want to share it with friends.