Saturday, November 27, 2010

Recent Reads

Here are some books I've picked up recently...

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Honestly, I had no intention of reading this book. I don't know...I'm not super wild about historical fiction for some reason. Well, that's not true. I enjoy it when I read it. But I don't ever find myself seeking it out or feeling like I want to read it. So when I started hearing about this book, I just zoned out a little bit. I never actually considered it.

I'm incapable of making a decision, so any time I go to Borders with a coupon I ask Twitter what I should buy. One trip a Twitter buddy told me to get Revolution. So I finally decided to read the description and I realized it isn't 100% historical. It looks like it switches back and forth between the past and the present. So, since I loved A Northern Light (also historical...see, I don't hate it), and there's no point in asking Twitter for recommendations if I just ignore them, I picked it up. Since then I've been hearing nothing but raves about it.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

I'll be honest. About 85% my decision to buy this book was because I love the girl on the cover's outfit. I know that's so ridiculous, because the cover has nothing to do with anything, but, hell, I just love that outfit. Okay, truthfully, I could kind of recreate it. I have a similar t-shirt, and my riding boots are grey, not black, but I could totally rock it.

So, yeah, the book. I really does sound good. And I want to read it. But I really love that cover.

Rich and Mad by William Nicholson

It's about love and sex and it's British. SOLD.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I already own this book, but I saw it at Borders in hardcover and I had to get it. I like paperbacks to read, but when it comes to books in my collection on my shelves, I really like hardcovers whenever I can get them. I rarely see hardcover copies of The Book Thief, so when I spotted one at my Borders I knew I had to scoop it up. It looks so pretty on my shelf! And now I have that brand new, unread paperback to give away as a gift or something.

Have you read any of these? What do you think about them? Did you get anything good recently?


  1. I loved Revolution and The Book Thief even though I am not usually big on historical fiction! I'm starting to rethink that position.

    I wasn't a fan of Rich and Mad, which was disappointing.

    Have heard good things about Five Flavors of Dumb; I might have to check that one out.

  2. The Book Thief is also on my TBR pile for once NaNo is over in December!

  3. THE BOOK THIEF has been recommended to me by several people. Unfortunately, my TBR list is kind of scary, so I haven't even bought it.

    I also keep seeing REVOLUTION in the bookstores, and I've been on the fence about it. I hope you like it! If you do, let me know.

  4. I haven't, but I admit I'm also pretty sold on the outfit on the front of Five Flavors of Dumb. I read and loved The Book Thief. I hadn't quite finished when I got it off the train, so I sat on the station platform until I was done.

  5. Your description of Rich & Mad doesn't make me feel less mad at myself for not getting it when I was at Borders last week.