Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Getting back to the books

I've finally gotten around to reading some books that were recommended to me ages ago. I don't always do so well with recommends, it's selfish but I usually like to be the one to "discover" the book. I don't know. Nerdish thrills, I guess. Anyway, the boss had loaned me Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore something embarrassing like a year ago, but once I finally gave it a chance it moved quickly and was really quite entertaining. Then I moved on to a loaner from my mom that had been collecting dust - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I have to say I was a bit hesitant to get into this, as it is a "mom book" - no offense to my mom's taste in books, but sometimes I avoid them like I would certain drama movies because I just won't feel in the mood for something that's a painful-yet-touching story about overcoming adversity, recommended by so and so's book club, etc. That said, it was a pretty good book and even a bit heartwarming, so that should teach me to judge. And now, I'm finally reading the first Harry Potter book, as J has suggested several times. Yep, folks - had to break down and do it. Now, my excuse for dragging my feet about starting the HP books is that I just didn't think I'd be "into" that kind of thing, and I don't want to feel obligated to read every book in the series - I just don't need that kind of pressure, damnit! But I am assured that they'll be so entertaining and will go so quickly, that I will want to read them all of my own free will. We'll see. (Don't all start chanting "One of us! One of us!")This is just another example of how I'm behind the times with pop culture. I never seem to get around to checking things like this out until after all the hubbub has died down.

Well then. I wrote that first part a couple weeks ago. Now I'm on the third Harry Potter book. Go figure. In the meantime, I also read The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore and started his first book Practical Demonkeeping - I like his sense of humor and so far the books of his have been really clever and entertaining, great to get your mind off of things. I don't think I do too well with giving book reviews, but I'd definitely give it the thumbs up and nod repeatedly if you asked if it was worth checking out.


iamnot said...

I've read more kid books in the last few years than anything else.
Some of them are better than the most popular adulat stuff by far.
I'm not a big Potter fan, but I've enjoyed bits and pieces.
I certainly admire what JKR has accomplised.
Besides...reading just about anything is better than reading nothing.

KC said...

Way back when the first HP book came out, my son begged me to read it. So I did. And that was the end of that. He couldn't pay me to pick up the next one when it came out.

constant_drama said...

Hey I agree reading anything is better than not reading at all, and I wont start talking bout HP coz that one has sentimental values for me.

I bought a couple of books lately, but currently am reading "The Definitive Book of Body Language" by Alan Pease. Certainly something that has to be read with an ounce of salt...or something along those lines but fascinating read nonetheless.

Pick it up if you're up for it =)

Peggasus said...

I like Christopher Moore a lot too. My favorite one of his is 'Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Jesus' Childhood Friend,' (or somesuch, it's a long title). My favorite line in it is when Jesus talks back to Joesph, saying, "You're not the Boss of Me."


I am currently reading (and thoroughly enjoying) an art history-ish book about the Byzantine empire, so shall we talk about nerdy?

Quinn said...

I usually hate getting book recommendations from people- too much pressure or something.

Wait, is Christopher Moore the one who wrote "A Dirty Job?" I love him!