Monday, June 15, 2009

A Little Booktalk

So, in a rare burst of poly-literacy (reading more than one book at a time... yes, I just made that word up; shouldn't there be a word for that?) I'm reading that Maria Tatar Grimm book (still), still sort of halfway half-heartedly reading Dead Till Dawn (the Sookie Stackhouse book), ashamedly tearing through Swallowing Darkness (uber-trashy Laurell K. Hamilton), and looking longingly at The Fox Woman, which I will start *very* soon as I think it will perfectly suit my mood.

I'll have my review of the trashy Hamilton up soon, because I'm sure I'll finish it tonight and it's one of those books that BEGS to be trashed for its trashiness. Even though I love it. I hate to love it, and I love to hate it. However, being in a somewhat shaky state of almost-good mood (but still very prone to falling off the cliff into Bad Mood), I needed something that would completely distract me while not making me think too hard. I'm surprised that I'm not really into the Sookie book. I don't know why. It's just not really grabbing me.

However, on with the vampire theme, I bought (yes, actually PURCHASED FULL PRICE) a new book today: Let The Right One In. I very much want to read it and I'm betting that my library doesn't carry this (and I'm not going to check, because if it does then I'll be very upset). However, I'm going to save it until I'm either desperate (or in a desperately bad mood), or for October for the RIP challenge. I can't wait. I'm also reluctantly saving the movie for October as well. I bought it at Dark Carnival, the amazing SF/Fantasy/Horror/Mystery bookstore in Berkeley. The staff is appropriately scruffy and surly, but will help you find what you need (although they might not look you in the eye). I need to go back there with a list of books I want to read which I know for sure my library does not have. They have an amazing selection. I really, really wish I had unlimited funds and time to spend there!

Today is a weird day. Sort of not the best day. Been having a lot of those lately. I'm not really sure what to do to turn this trend around. I'm going to try to read my way out of it. Perhaps paint my way out of it as well? (update: stepping in cat vomit does not help my mood. Also, my painting adventures are scaring me. Please: books, save me!)


Nymeth said...

Hooray, you're reading The Fox Woman soon! I can't wait to hear what you think.

Let the Right One In sounds so good. I'll probably cave and get it for RIP myself.

Sorry to hear about your day :( I hope tomorrow's better!

Lara Starr said...

I'm reading Sookie Stackhouse too - I'm about 100 pages in. I'm liking it, wouldn't say loving it.

Eva said...

The Fox Woman is AWESOME. I just read it last week. Not a trash book, though. And it'll suck you in! :) But I just finished a book that's even better: Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician. So put that on the 'TBR Immediately' list too.

BTW, I love the idea of polyliteracy. I do it all the time, so it'd be good to have a word!

Ok, obviously I shouldn't comment when I'm on a reading high from staying up too late to finish above mentioned incredible book. ;)

Stefanie said...

Stepping in cat barf is the worst. eew! Perhaps you don't want to save Let The Right One in for the RIP challenge? I so envy you that you can actually visit the Dark Carnival bookstore. I've found many a good book recommendation from their website. One of them, The Kin of Ata Are Waiting For You by Dorothy Bryant, I bet you would really like.

Tammie said...

ive heard of people not liking the sookie books because they're "too southern." being from and living in the south, i didnt really even notice it until someone mentioned it to me, but i can see how it may be off putting because, well, the south does suck.

i have to clean cat barf up on a daily basis. DAILY! i have one cat that pukes up food completely unchewed and whole. then i yell at her and tell her to chew her food better. i swear im the crazy cat lady.

Daphne said...

Nymeth: I'm starting the Fox Woman tonight! I'm very excited. I also can't wait to read Let The Right One In.

Lara: I think I'm dumping Sookie. I can't get into it for some reason.

Eva: yay!! I can't wait to read it! I need non-trash at this point!

Stefanie: it's a funny little place, just crammed with books and with appropriately odd, surly staff. But ohhhh, the selection. I could spend lots and lots of dollars there. I'll check out your book rec next time!

Tammie: hmm. I don't know what would be meant by "too southern" -- I rather like Southern culture (in books). For some reason the books just seemed flat to me. I don't know. Maybe I'll try them again later.

All of our cats seem to enjoy barfing on a frequent basis. i love the unchewed kind best. mmm.