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What I’m Reading Now

January 31, 2010

While I await the arrival of the manuscript for the first book in Abra Ebner’s new series The Knight Angels, which is my next editing project, I am enjoying some reading for pleasure – which these days is a real luxury!

Over the holidays I tried reading “The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall” by L.J. Smith but I just couldn’t get into it. The book was a big disappointment after the first four installations in the series. (Note: I am addicted to the Fox TV adaptation of this series, which is only loosely based on the books…the TV series is way better!)

I put “Nightfall” aside and turned my attention to “The House in Amalfi” by Elizabeth Adler, which was so much better, although it did take me a while to adjust to Ms. Adler’s very descriptive writing style. I ended up enjoying the book very much and I have her other books on my list of things to read in the very near future.

Next I read “The Sleeping Beauty Proposal” by Sarah Strohmeyer. This was not my first book by Ms. Strohmeyer, as I have read “The Cinderella Pact”, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I enjoyed this most recent book, literally laughing out loud at some points (Strohmeyer has a sharp wit!) but I did find myself frustrated by the sheer stupidity of the female protagonist at times. I suppose if the book evoked strong emotion in me that it must have been good in the end. Still, I mulled over the story and the character development (which is a real job hazard…it is hard to enjoy a book for itself anymore because I find myself analyzing style, characters, and plot!! AGH!) I decided that this was just another example of a flawed lead character to whom many women can relate, so I felt that my flawed characters (Brianna and Maggie) fit right in with their contemporaries.

I have moved on to “Deep Dish” by Mary Kay Andrews, which I am also having a hard time getting into, although I have read a few other of her books and enjoyed them. The characters here are fun but I have not felt the much needed connection to Gina, the main character. I am determined to stick it out, though, because Andrews usually delivers in the end.

On my shelf and patiently waiting to be picked up are “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, which is the required read for my next book club meeting in a couple of weeks. I am very interested in this one and have heard nothing but good things, so I sure hope I am satisfied. Then, I am FINALLY going to get to “Fallen” by Lauren Kate, which also comes highly recommended by students and friends alike. My cover designer and friend, Abby, said she enjoyed it thoroughly as well.

My reading list is ever growing and shifting. As a writer, I live by the words of Stephen King: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” In the past year I have definitely written a lot (three complete novels and a couple of short stories); I have also TRIED to read as much as I can, but my busy life sometimes gets in the way of my good intentions. I am making a belated resolution to make more time for reading. Then maybe my husband will be glad when the pile of books at my bedside diminishes! 🙂

Happy reading!
Christina

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2010 8:09 PM

    I agree – the reading list just keeps getting longer and is constantly being reorganised depending on mood and sometimes economy (if a book stands alone I am more likely to read it earlier than a book that is part of a series).
    Sounds like you have some interesting reading ahead of you.

    • christinacorlett permalink*
      January 31, 2010 8:23 PM

      So true, Cassandra Jade! I have had some time this afternoon to continue reading “Deep Dish” (is it bad that I stuck the kids in front of the TV so I could do it??) and I can safely say I recommend it for a fun, quick read. Mary Kay Andrews is entertaining and I have learned a lot about Southern U.S. culture (I am from the Northeast, which seems like worlds away)! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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