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Books I’ve been reading, part II

Back in April, I wrote a blog post on the books I'd read so far during 2012. I have read four more books since, so it's time for another update!

Okay, let me start off by saying I still haven't finished A Feast For Crows. In fact, I think I've only read one or two additional chapters since writing the previous post. As I said back then, it is a good story, but it can get a little complicated and long-winding at times, and I guess I got side-tracked by other books for a while.

I've actually been re-reading the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. I originally read the first four books in this series back when I was like 9 or 10 years old. I actually read the Dutch translations back then, since I didn't understand English that well at the time. I happened to get my hands on a complete set of ebooks a little while ago, and one day back in April or May I got a sudden urge to start rereading them - in the original English this time - and then move on to all the sequels I haven't read yet. I'll admit the writing style threw me off for a little bit when I first started; these are literally children's books, not even Young Adult novels (I think they're intended for the 8 to 12yo age range or something), and this kind of shows in the way certain things are worded from time to time. However, the stories were still as exciting and entertaining as I remembered them from my childhood. So far, I have read Redwall, Mossflower and Mattimeo. The only other book left that I'd previously read (in Dutch) is Mariel, and then there are like 18 other volumes that I haven't read before, I think.

Just last week, I sort-of-read Fifty Shades of Grey, because I wanted to know what all the hype was about. I say "sort of read", because I read the first chapter in earnest, and then decided I didn't like the writing style much. (In fact, my actual thoughts were "seriously? this is the best selling novel of 2012? I've read fan fiction that was more well-written than this, and also, Anastasia and Christian are clearly rip-offs of Bella and Edward from Twilight." Then I saw this and, well, that explained a lot.) So anyway, after that first chapter, I'll admit I didn't read the rest of the book word for word... I kind of skimmed through the boring parts to get through the good stuff. Good stuff may be a euphemism for sex. Honestly though, I still don't get what all the fuss is about. I can't imagine people are actually buying this en masse because it's such a literary masterpiece, so pretty much the only other explanation I can think of is the fact that it is erotica. So, really? Is that it? Because this isn't exactly the first published novel that's had sex in it, you know. And even the sex wasn't that hot or well-written. You can find better smut online for free, honestly. I'm not saying this is the worst book I've ever read, but it's definitely nowhere near the best, either. So I guess in the end, I'm still not entirely sure what all the hype is about. :P

Right now, I'm sort of in the middle of three different books all at once. As stated above, I still need to finish A Feast For Crows. I've also starting reading A Wise Man's Fear just recently. And after seeing both my Twitter and Facebook feed blow up over it for the entire past week, I caved and kind of impulse-bought The Land of Stories on Kindle last night. I don't even own a Kindle, but it turns out there's a pretty neat app for Chrome, and I was curious now and didn't want to wait a week for delivery. I've only read the first few chapters, but it's pretty good so far.

Oh, and by the way, the combination of Kindle app + Amazon account makes it way too easy to buy new books. It's like being logged into your iTunes account, where you're looking at an album and then it literally takes two clicks to buy and pay for it and poof, it immediately appears in your iTunes library for you to listen to. I've had an iTunes account for less than a year, and in that time I've literally acquired as many albums legally as in the entire twenty-five years before, I think. Which, you know, is ultimately a good thing - just not so much for my wallet. And now I've suddenly turned the Amazon website into that same sort of money trap, because I can now buy, pay for, and have books instantly sent to my Kindle app in those exact same two clicks. Oh God, I think I need a time-turner. Not to undo my actions or anything - just so I can A) work two jobs at once and B) have a ton of reading time. Yeah.

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