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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I’ve written about “Fangirl”–and Rowell’s previous “Eleanor & Park”– a couple of times already on this blog, so I won’t go on and on. I’ll just say that even though I’m not technically in the target audience for this Young Adult novel, I enjoyed it immensely and I read most of it in two marathon reading sessions.
I always think that one of the measures of a really talented writer is the ability to write authentic sounding dialogue–and Rainbow Rowell is a master at capturing the sound of high school and college age characters. The dialogue consistently rings true, to the point where after just a few chapters I could hear the main character’s voices in my head. Another thing I like about Rowell’s writing is her ability to surprise–there were times when I thought the plot was going to go in a predictable, safe direction–and I was always pleasantly surprised when it didn’t. I did think that the last fifth of the book slowed down quite a bit–I think it could have ended a little sooner–but all in all, I rank this book just a bit under “Eleanor & Park”–which is one of the best books I read all year.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
Some people count down the days to album releases. . . Some people mark the day that a movie will open in the theater. . . I’ve had November 5 circled on my calendar for ages as the day when “Double Down” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann would be in the bookstores! What can I say? I’m an unapologetic book geek and political junkie–so much so that I went over to the nearby Barnes & Noble on my lunch hour yesterday to splurge on a hardcover copy because I just HAD to start reading it the day it was released.
This book covers the inside story of the 2012 presidential campaign. The authors also wrote “Game Change”–their bestselling book about the 2008 campaign–which I devoured four years ago. I was pretty much glued to the TV during the last presidential election season–which keeps getting longer every four years– so I’m not expecting any big surprises here, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to dig into this one!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
I really have no idea! “Double Down” is going to take me awhile as it’s over 400 pages and I just started it last night. I don’t know what I’ll be in the mood for when I finish it. Stay tuned . . .
What about you? Have you read either of these books? What are you reading, or planning to read? Please share!