Forgive me, loyal readers (Hi, Mom!), for my lack of involvement with this blog as of late. I assure you, I’ve not stopped reading! Quite the contrary, actually. But sometimes it’s hard to write about everything you read, especially when you read a lot of things, like I do.
What I’m currently working through:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling – This is a re-read. I’d started re-reading the series in the hopes of following along with whatever Pottermore does, but since I never got accepted to Pottermore, I guess I’ll never be able to answer that. (It’s like not getting my Hogwarts letter: immensely depressing.) Even so, I won’t let it kill my faith and my love for this series, even if Prisoner is my least favorite of the seven. Or is it? It’s been so long I can’t quite recall why I didn’t like it so much, so maybe this will offer some insight and/or push it up the list a few places.
Just As Long As We’re Together, Judy Blume – I’ve never read this, but given my fondness for Blume earlier this year, worth a shot. I really like her short, quick style, that makes the story feel like it’s being told in a series of vignettes, even though it’s not.
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – I’ve never read this, either, but as a former lit major, feel I should. How did this bypass all of my reading lists? I guess my high school assumed I’d read it in college, and my college assumed I read it in high school.
Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher – This is a re-read as well, one that crossed my desk for cataloging back when it first was published. It seemed interesting so I read it, found it lived up to its interesting-seeming-ness, but did not find it particularly remarkable in any way. Imagine my surprise when a few years later, it’s getting heavily lauded as a beautiful look into teenage depression, etc. It was on the library shelf directly above my Blume book, so I thought I’d give it a second chance.
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion, Charlaine Harris – I think this just came out? It’s exactly as it claims, a companion guide to the Sookie Stackhouse/’Southern Vampire’ series that I basically devour. Given that by the time a new one comes out every year, I’ve forgotten what happened in previous novels (I read a lot of books in a year, and there are eleven of these already, not counting all the short stories), for every new release, I have to go back and read the entire series again so I can follow along. I don’t mind, but it is time-consuming, so this is a good way to catch myself up. Plus, it has fun things like interviews with Harris and True Blood creator Alan Ball, a map of Bon Temps, and a new novella.
And that’s the last of what I’m currently sifting through, not counting the new books I picked up from the library today (more Harris: Shakespeare’s Champion and A Bone to Pick, the second novels in Harris’s Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden series, respectively; and the next volume in Brian K. Vaughn’s superb comic series, Runaways). I’ll let you know if anything interesting comes up.