Reading Challenges

August 16, 2011

Coming Soon...

Lately I've been on a reading frenzy, but haven't had time to write and post reviews, so just a note to myself that the following books deserve their due in the coming days:

1.) The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver (two thumbs up!)

2.) La Sorcière de Portobello (The Witch of Portobello) - Paulo Coelho (ickkk what was I thinking?--this one was actually recommended due to several locations which I have visited that are discussed in the story--it was SO not worth it). I read it in French because it's closer to Portugese (the book's original language), but it's available in something like 74 languages, including English, according to the back cover.

3.) Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris (had to do a fluff reading I knew I would love to wash out the bad taste Coelho left).

4.) The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde (fantastic novel, easily one of my favorite reads this year and a new favorite author).

5.) Peggy Sue et les Fantômes: Le Jour du Chien Bleu (Peggy Sue and the Phantoms: The Day of the Blue Dog) - Serge Brussolo (great novel somewhere between sci-fi, dystopia & horror, unfortunately not translated into English).

6.)The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole (fantastically fun and charming Gothic read).

5.) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë (enjoyable and well constructed, but not as creative as Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights--since it doesn't seem like one can be discussed without mentioning the other--well, they were published the same year).


  1. I'm interested in reading some Walpole - he was apparently one of the models for Anthony Pookworthy, Esq., A.B.S., L.L.R., to whom Stella Gibbons dedicated Cold Comfort Farm (which I recently read). I love a bit of gothic camp.

  2. Sorry Séamus, I'm just now seeing this! Thanks for that intereseting bit of triva regarding the Walpole/Cold Comfort Farm connection. Walpole is definitely worth the read, I really enjoyed this one.


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