Thursday, May 24, 2012

What I'm Reading Now


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: 
I received an ARC of this last summer, but never got around to it. When The Scorpio Races won both a Printz Honor and an Odyssey Honor (for outstanding audiobooks) this past year, I figured that I'd try it on audio, especially since I've heard nothing but rave reviews from numerous bloggers and friends that I know and trust. The result so far....meh. I just started Disc 7 out of 10, and so far, it's a bit dull. Maggie's writing is, as usual, stellar, lush and atmospheric, with phrases that linger in the air after being voiced. But that atmospheric quality may be the problem. The gorgeous writing overwhelms the slow-moving plot so far. Regardless, I'm continuing on, as I heard it picks up in the final two discs. 


Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale:
I just started this on my eReader after being approved by NetGalley. I listened to Princess Academy on audio, so it's a bit different reading it in print. I particular liked how the audio sang the traditional chants and songs at the start of each chapter. Miri is as charming as ever, and I'm eager to read more from Shannon Hale, one of my absolute favorite authors. 


 
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection: by A.J. Jacobs:
I just finished this one, and I absolutely loved it. As in his previous two books, where A. J. basically transforms himself into a lab rat while investigating certain areas of human nature (The Know-it-All and The Year of Living Biblically dealt with reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and living according to the Bible for a year, respectively), the author delivers a unique mix of facts, humor, and self-deprecation while attempting to become the "healthiest man alive." Chapter by chapter, he examines health in the context of a specific body part: the lungs, nervous system, stomach, butt, immune system, nose, fingers, etc. Absolutely fascinating, hilarious, and quite a quick read.



Endlessly by Kiersten White: 
I got about 100 pages into this when I put it down. I enjoyed the first two in this trilogy, but I just wasn't in the mood for this right now. I usually avoid paranormals, due to the many derivative books flooding the market, but White's characters and plotlines have been unique and carefree enough to let me push past my aversion. What I did read was clever; I've just been leaning more towards contemporary fare lately.

3 comments:

  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who struggled with Scorpio. I just posted my review and I had the hardest time finishing it. It does pick up at the end, though. And Palace of Stone? I just RAN to NetGalley to request it :)

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  2. Oh, I loved SCORPIO RACES. I think it's better read than listened to, though.

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  3. A.J. Jacobs actually has three previosu books - you've missed the Guinea Pig Diaries (which was retitled My Life As An Experiment for the paperback). It's a series of essays int he same vein where he does something nutty for a while, but these are mostly just for a month each, hence the series of them. But it's a must-read mostly for the chapter where for a month he does every single thing his wife asks without a peep, and also the afterword written by his wife, who is frequently asked how she lives with his stunts and why.

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