Monday, September 15, 2008

I'm home from Washington and back to the usual grind. It never fails that even if I spend only a couple of days in the Pacific Northwest, I don't want to leave. It's ironic, because when I was growing up there, I couldn't wait to leave, and now I just want to go back. I miss the greenery and buildings made out of brick. It was nice to see Puget Sound again.

I'm also in the midst of reading the Twilight Series (I'm on book 3 right now), and since the books take place on the Olympic Peninsula, my mind has already been rooted in Washington for the past several weeks. I hadn't heard of the books until someone mentioned them in passing, and then I started to see information on them everywhere. If you're unfamiliar with the books, written by Stephanie Meyer, about teenage vampires, they seem to be taking young readers by storm. I do find them rather juvenile, and the romance involved is quite unmotivated and unrealistic (but hey - the books ARE about vampires - and werewolves). Still, I can't stop reading them. It might be because the last book I read was over 1,000 pages long and pretty heady and these are a relaxing romp, but they're entertaining enough that I'll read the 4th (and last) book as well.

Anyone else reading anything good?


Blogger Auburn Kat said...

I'm reading Water for Elephants, so far so good.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I liked Water for Elephants, but didn't like Twilight. I'm currently enjoying Youth in Revolt.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I liked Water for Elephants too. I have read all the Twilight books and also the Host. My daughter was really into twilight so I figured I should read them. We are planning on seeing the movie in Dec. They are not all that great for grown ups but young teens love em. Tiff- I think you need to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Nighttime- unless you already have. Also the True Story of Hansel and Gretel. It was SO good. I am in a book club and hosting it at my place tonight.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I LOVED the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime

11:15 AM  
Blogger EditThis said...

I haven't heard of Water for Elephants so I'll have to add that to the list. Youth in Revolt was great. And I did read the Curious Incident when it came out. I already bought the new Richard Russo book for my next read.

11:17 AM  
Blogger LA said...

I've been reading David Halberstam's The Powers That Be all summer. It's fascinating but slow going.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

have you read any of Russo's other books? I loved the movie version of Nobody's Fool, but haven't read any of his books.

Of course, I LOVE Paul Newman, so it's hard for me to judge Russo's contribution.

1:07 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

Diane - I've read most of Russo's other books, and highly recommend any of them. I really, really loved Empire Falls. And if you liked the movie for Nobody's Fool, you really should read the much better book.

9:15 PM  

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