June-July 2009 Books (in which I blame everything on Sookie Stackhouse)

melon alert! (YIP: 212)
Forgive me for not posting in so long. You’ll have to blame it on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, which are absolutely addictive and just the thing for dealing with a topsy-turvy month– they are great distractions, comfort reading (well, after a while sardonic and handsome vampires, wereanimals, and fairies become pretty good escape route a la harry potter).

The Books Before Sookie Stackhouse:
58. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party, M.T. Anderson (eh. nicely written period piece, even imitating the language remarkably well, but overly glossed over subject matter).

59. Last Night in Montreal, Emily St. John Mandel * (a good, engaging read)

60. I’ll Scream Later, Marlee Matlin (more hilarious than I expected it to be, and appropriately juicy for a hollywood bio.)

61. Doubt Manga Series #1-6, Izumi Kaneyoshi (good mindless reading about airheaded girls and handsome guys you want to smack. really counts as one book since they go too fast.)

62. The Beach House, Jane Green (happy ending summery book. takes place in nantucket and reminds me of our time there last summer.)

The Actual Sookie Stackhouse Books (should come with a surgeon general warning):

63. Dead Until Dark
64. Living Dead in Dallas
65. Club Dead
66. Dead to the World (pretty much. Almost every evening, when I’d pick up the book, Seth would look at me and say “It’s been nice knowing you.”)
67. Dead as a Doornail
68. Definitely Dead
69. All Together Dead
70. From Dead to Worse

Post Sookie Stackhouse letdown (not really, but there is a bit of a slump):
71. Ellen Foster, Kaye Gibbons * (before there was Secret Life of Bees, there was this book.)
72. The Most Beautiful Book in the World: 8 Novellas, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt* (how can you not like a book in which there is a happy ending in EVERY one of the novellas?)

Bought/Acquired (yay for sales and for lifting of buying-of-books-ban!):

Tender to the Bone, Ruth Reichl
Vegan Soul Kitchen, Bryant Terry
Babycakes. Erin McKenna
Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson
Rustic Fruit Desserts (thanks GirlReaction!)
A Drifting Life, Yoshishiro Tatsumi and Adrian Tomine (GN)
The Eternal Smile: Gene Yang and Derek Kirk Kim (GN)
An Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett

Currently Rotating Reading list:
Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson
Ballistics, Billy Collins

Currently tempted by, or Rather Library Books to read before their renewal contract expires:
(just a sampling- let me know which one i should read first. I’m actually having a hard time).
Little Bee, Chris Cleave
Vanessa and Virginia, Susan Sellers
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, Tiffany Baker
Don’t Cry, Mary Gaitskill

Summer World, Bernd Heinrich
The Moreville Hours, Katherine Swift
Wildwood, Roger Deakin
Alex & Me, Irene M. Pepperberg

(This is actually a good thing, as August looks like it’s going to be a very long month. Humidity, wanderlust, and seemingly endless home projects are kind of driving me up the wall. I really, really empathize with this post.)

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One Response to June-July 2009 Books (in which I blame everything on Sookie Stackhouse)

  1. marthasnail says:

    glad you liked last night in montreal. as for your list, i listened to little bee on audio and felt a little bit disappointed. it could have been because i didn’t like the voice of the narrator.

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