Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Sunday Salon -- 2011 Reading off to a Great Start

While not every element of 2011 has been awesome, I have to say that I have read some really amazing books so far. In fact, yesterday I read two books cover to cover and I just can't remember the last time I did that. There are some amazing books out there in this world! Even though I'm an avid reader and book blogger, I don't always get bit by the reading bug, so I take advantage of it while I can!

The only problem is every book has made me think so much and I want to write long glowing reviews and I've fallen terribly behind. In any case, here's a taste of what you'll see reviewed on here in the coming weeks:

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg--so much fun!

You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobahn Fallon--this is a stunning collection of almost perfect short stories.

Drought by Pam Bachorz--Very thought provoking. Bachorz is really establishing herself as one of the few writers that grapples with many layers of ideas in young adult novels.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano--Utterly compelling. While I saw a lot of the same story elements that were in The Hunger Games (and this may well be a genre issue), I very much loved this book. (everyone else said it's like The Handmaid's Tale, which I haven't read) (review on this one may be delayed as it doesn't release until March)

I always find dystopian and post-apocalyptic set-up to be interesting. What exactly led to the world going to hell? I think it's interesting that in both Wither and Feed finding a cure for cancer wasn't all it's cracked up to be. (this is not a spoiler you find that out early on in both books) A cautionary tale about our hopes for scientific advancement? Maybe our compassion and desire to live longer will really somehow lead to us eating brains?

Speaking of dystopian and post-apocalyptic work, I can't seem to get enough. I'm pretty much dying to read Divergent, and there are several more coming out sometime in my lifetime, such as Julianna Baggott's Pure that I'm eager to read as well. Oh world! Why do you tempt me with so many good books?

I received both Darkest Mercy and Graveminder by Melissa Marr this week and as they two of my most anticipated reads of the year I'll be fitting them in sometime this week, perhaps foregoing sleep to read them. I am scared about how I'll feel once they're over! I kind of just want to sit there and pet Darkest Mercy and just read tiny little bits at a time.

What good books have you been reading?

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