The month that was July saw a whole lot of reading, but very little blog posting. August looks to be following this pattern: lots of time to read on the new commute, but very little time to blog. So apologies for the lateness of this post. I can only hope you’ll forgive me in light of some of the juicy book reviews I have for you below.
A Clash of Kings (Song of Ice & Fire #2), George R. R. Martin
The Seven Kingdoms is divided and bleeding. Martin introduces a few new voices who narrate the goings on of a few new places, namely Dragonstone, seat of claimant Stannis Baratheon, and Theon Greyjoy, former ward/hostage of the Starks. Sweeping, epic fantasy at it’s most modern and finest. (ebook)
Lord Perfect (Carsington Brothers #3), Loretta Chase
Refreshingly witty romp that doesn’t rely on any tradition plot device (see: Big Misunderstanding) for dramatic tension. Just two adults, falling in love.
Madame Tussaud, Michelle Moran
Fascinating retelling of the French Revolution through the eyes of a famous, yet little-known (at least to me) historic figure. Wonderfully and thoroughly researched without detracting from a taut narrative.
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de Luce #2), Alan Bradley
Precocious, poison-obsessed Flavia is back! I love following her adventures and the only thing that kept this book from getting more stars was that the actual mystery was a little too easy to figure out.
And Only To Deceive (Lady Emily #1), Tasha Alexander
Wasn’t impressed with this one. Lady Emily was inconsistent at best, and downright stupid at worst. Perhaps because I was expecting another Deanna Raybourn, I let my expectations get in the way of my enjoyment.
*What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami
I love books that combine passions with autobiography. In a similar vein to Stephen King’s On Writing, What I Talk About… is an honest, brilliant memoir-cum-expose on long distance running. As a new runner, I felt inspired to get back on my feet and get out there.
Poser: My Life In Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, Claire Dederer
If you were annoyed by Eat Pray Love, then Poser will ring your bell. Dederer is honest, witty and insightful into life, yoga, parenting and even a bit on feminism, without resorting to self-pity and woe-is-I tales of narcissism. (Can you tell I really didn’t like EPL?) ::wink::