I was trying hard to be all blasé about the books I read this year that I never posted about. But I just updated my Books Read: Prior Years page to add in my 2012 reads and those unposted-about books are driving me batty! Not batty enough to write full posts on, mind you, but enough that I feel compelled to jot down a few things. So, in no particular order, here are the neglected books:
True confession…I don’t usually gravitate to older male writers. I chalk it up to too many unpleasant experiences with Ian McEwan. So imagine my surprise when I liked this book but discovered that Richard Ford and Ian McEwan are practically twinsies!
Do you see the creepiness? Anyhoosie, Canada sounded just odd enough to grab my attention. Small town parents go rob a bank and fuck up their kids lives. Totally worth reading, in my humble opinion. Also, love the black and white images that appear between the section of the book.
Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Drums in August: Time travel and sexy Scotsmen. What more could you want? (Well, okay, I could want there to be no spanking.) I still have 3 or 4 or who knows how many more unread in this series, but I didn’t want to OD on Jamie.
Bitten, Stolen, Broken, and Frostbitten: Books 1, 2, 6, and 10 of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. Not as good as Patricia Briggs, but they’ll do. And unlike OJ, I have no need to read an entire series. I was quite happy skipping books in this one. And wow, I just realized I was kinda into the series thing this year. OJ IS A BAD INFLUENCE.
When Wanderer’s Cease to Roam: Vivian Swift’s other book. Just as beautifully illustrated as her first, but this one is more about the joys of home and the changing seasons than about travel.
Amglish: A bit redundant, but still entertaining. I even took pictures of some of the things I wanted to post about…but then I fell apart on the follow-through. So here, finally, is my follow-through, which I think sums up both the point of the book, as well as the style.
It’s informal, and chatty, and all about the evolution of English into a heavily American influenced language that is headed towards world domination. Mwahahahaha (that’s the necessary evil laughter to accompany the mention of world domination).
Judging a Book by Its Lover: If you love books about books, than you should read this book. And yes, I meant to do that. This is one of the better contributions to the bookish genre. Also…bonus points for the adorable cover!
There. Except for the two books that I finished this week (The Lighthouse Road (and again, I must mention how frickin’ awesome this book is) and The Count of Monte Cristo) I am all caught up in a horribly slap-dash way. But I feel much better now. Bring on 2013!