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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Reading Dilemma

I have a bit of a reading dilemma. Here are a sample of books in my TBR pile:

Eclipse (The third book in the Twilight series) by Stephenie Meyer -- You all know how much I loved Twilight. I'm nervous about reading the third book.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - I loved Books 1-3, found Book 4 okay. Will Book 5 redeem the HP story for me?

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp and then Book 2, The Seal of Solomon by Rick Yancey - The covers of both books are all boy, cool and tough. Which frankly made me nervous. But now I find out this adventure series starts off with stealing Excalibur, King Arthur's amazing sword, and I'm intrigued. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table was one of my favorite stories when I was younger. So much, I was irritated beyond belief at the pathetic attempt of adding King Arthur as a teenage boy in the movie Shrek the Third. Sigh.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians Book Two) by Rick Riordan - I loved the first book, The Lightning Thief. It's fun, hip and smart. Plus great action. Will Book 2 pass muster?

Lucky by Susan Patron - An interesting combination of controversy over a word and Newbery Medal winner.

All really interesting books. See why I have a problem? What books do you have in your reading pile?


MotherReader said...

Personally, I found reading Book 5 like being attacked by the dementors featured in said book. It is one depressing piece of work. I only made it through by sheer determination.

I'd go with Sea of Monsters.

My reading pile is huge. Too many to list. I just grab one and start.

Erin said...

Well, I loved the odd-numbered Potter books best. I love the fifth one SO MUCH. :)

I am reading 'Beauty' by Robin McKinley next.

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Wow, you have a delightful problem there. I have Matthew B. Brown's Prophecies, Stephanie Meyers Eclipse, Lisa Jackson's new book and a couple of others my cold medicine isn't allowing me to recall at the moment. Reading is the bomb!

Lazy cow said...

I've got The Lightning Thief (on your or someone's? recommendation), The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay and The Tale of Desperaux by Kate Dicamillo and The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
All the HP books blurred into one for me by the end!

Kimberly/lectitans said...

Re: HP5 - just keep a sense of humor about it. Harry is SO ANGRY and TALKS IN ALL CAPS and it was funny to me. But none of them return to the feel of 1 - 3.

In my TBR pile, I've got a stack of fantasy Kelly sent me for Edge of the Forest, plus 2 Tracy at Candlewick sent me, plus The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

ACK--don't like MR's thoughts on book 5. You and I are in the same place. I loved book 3 and book 4 was okay, and for some reason, book 5 hasn't called to me. Hmmmmm.

I have a random assortment of books to read about which I am excited, but they are all for my review column. So, it sort of feels like work (but a job I LOVE). I sort of want to skip ahead and read a novel I just received (which is still for the column), a new medical thriller by Sandra Glahn, Informed Consent.

Add to that that I still have 3 reviews of completed books to write. . . .

Let me say clearly for the record, I am NOT complaining.

jules said...

I am drowning in review copies and ARCs, but I still say this is a good problem to have. It's just very difficult to pick what to read next.

Good luck deciding! I would be of no assistance; I may just close my eyes and pick from the pile for my next title.

Becky Levine said...

Hmmm...I just finished all three existing Percy Jackson books--my thought is they just keep getting better. I also read the Alfred Knopp book--it was...interesting. I didn't like it as I started, but it was different/intriguing enough to keep me going. I just realized, though, when I saw the sequel in the bookstore that I wasn't interested in reading about him again--in fact, couldn't really remember much more than what I've just told you!

CookieBooky said...

I loved Sea of Monsters. It definitely held its own in comparison with the first. Now I'm just waiting for Titan's Curse to come out in paperback ;)

Sara said...

I love having a big pile, because I never know what book I really need until the moment I need it. Right now, I'm deciding between Rules (can't believe I haven't read it yet!), White Time (must get to this so I can discuss with eisha at 7-Imps) and one of Lloyd Alexander's later books, The Rope Trick.

Don't you think somehow that a book picks you and not the other way around?

Tristi Pinkston said...

My book list is so huge right now, I can't even tell you. That's a good thing, though, it really is!

Okay, I'll share. But don't think I'm typing these all in -- I already have them on a file on my computer and I'm just copying and pasting. :)

Mira, Mirror
Susannah Morrow (not at Orem Library 8/13/07)
Kabul Beauty School
The road to paris
Gone with the groom (not at Orem library 8/13/07
Lisa Scottoline
Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See
Random Harvest – James Hilton
The Hummingbird’s Daughter – Urrea
Don’t Stuff Your Dog – Alan Alda
Beast – Napoli
Wildwood Dancing
Book of Enchantments – Wrede
The Swan Maiden
Book of a Thousand Days
Water for Elephants
Poisonwood Bible
Tess Gerritsen
I Heard That Song Before
Undead and Unwed
Dorothea Benton Frank
Girl on a Swing (not at Orem Library 8/13/07)
Wish you Well (hold)
The Wornout Woman (not at Orem Library 8/13/07)
Debbie Macomber
Between, Georgia
Sam’s Letters to Jennifer
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney
The Lost Flower Children by Janet Taylor Lisle
"Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust by Sarah A Ogilvie and Scott Miller"
beneath a marble sky
James Reasoner
Galway by Thoene (not at Orem Library 8/13/07)
Brendan O’Carroll
Ann Moore
Posie Graeme-Evans
Adriana Trigiani
Donna Van Liere
Katherine Valentine
Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly
First light – Rebecca Stead (not at Orem Library 8/13/07)
Chocolate Beach (not at Orem Library 8/13/07)
The God I Love – Joni
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Diary of a Would-be Princess (on hold)
David Rosenfelt
Consider this, Senora
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Wednesday Wars (on hold)
Loving Liza Jane
Collusion Course
Silent Witness jablonski (Becky’s Book Reviews)
Billy Creekmore (Becky’s Book Reviews) (on hold)
Isolation Ward
The Vacation – Polly Horvath
A Perfect Day – Richard Paul Evans

Yeah, I told you that was a pretty long list. :)

Tristi Pinkston said...

Oh, I guess I should clarify -- I don't actually possess all these books. I'm getting them from the library.

Stacy (my friends call me Stasia) Dillon said...

I'd start with Lucky. What a great wonky read.

My pile: The Thirteenth Tale, The Neddiad, The New Policemen, Theodosia Throckmorton and the Serpents of Chaos, No Flying in the House...and on and on!