Thursday, 1 January 2009

Books I Read in December

Total: 7 books

Flanimals: A Pocket Guide (Ricky Gervais)
Eclipse (Stephenie Meyer)
New Moon (Stephenie Meyer)
Twilight (Stephenie Meyer)
Secret Vampire (L.J. Smith)
Brown Owl's Guide to Life (Kate Harrison)
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey (Alison Weir)

Does Flanimals really count as a read? Thom got this for Christmas in his stocking and I read through it that evening.

So it didn't take me long to submit... read the three currently available paperback Twilight novels: Eclipse (26/12), New Moon (20/12) Twilight (18/12). Each book took longer than the last and are reasonably comparable to the older, Night World novels. I enjoyed these three books and am now resigned to the fact that I shall have to make the effort to catch the film at the cinema sometime soon.

Hobnob bought me a copy of Twilight yesterday and as I looked (and only looked for now) at some of the sequels on Amazon last night I remembered L.J. Smith and her Night World series. It turns out they're being reprinted (persumably in anticipation of the release of the final book... who'd have thought it'd be a 10 year wait?) and her publishers have allowed her to make the first book available as a free eBook until December 21st. Read SecretVampire in an hour one morning on my macbook (12/12) - the writing is still suprisingly good even when reading as an adult - perhaps when Strange Fate is released I'll check them all out :)

When I spotted Brown Owl's Guide to Life in the charity shop on campus I figured as a new Brown Owl I really should read it. An enjoyable, light read about a group of women (once in the Pixie six at Brownies) taking on their lives, their weaknesses and their dreams. A pleasant relief from the manic paper writing being done at the time (03/12). Hope to pass it on to some other reader via BookMooch - think you might be interested? Check out my teaser.

Finished Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey on the 1st of December so it just scrapes into this one rather than last month. I really enjoyed this book. A great historical novel for anyone who enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and Philippa Gregory's other Tudor England novels. Like many novels based on true history we know the end at the start but this is a well-written novel which I got myself nicely caught up in. A keeper to sit on my shelf.

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