Saturday, December 25, 2010

Reading Meme, The Rest of the Story

Let's knock the rest of this sucker out, shall we?

Day Seventeen – Favorite trilogy or tetralogy: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Day Eighteen – Favorite book cover: Don't have one. Some are more appealing than others, of course, but I don't have just one. They're like potato chips!

Day Nineteen – Best ensemble of characters in a book: Harry Potter and his friends and enemies, definitely. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Voldemort, Snape, Sirius, Malfoy, etc. The list can go on and on. Rowling rocks!

Day Twenty – Favorite kiss or love scene: The kiss between Darcy and Ethan at the end of Something Blue by Emily Giffin. It had been brewing for almost that whole book.

Day Twenty-one – Favorite fictional romantic relationship: Claire Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne from Julia Spencer-Fleming's awesome mystery series. An Episcopal minister (Claire) and a married police chief (Russ) struggle with their emotional bond and attraction to maintain propriety in their little upstate NY town while they solve murders. Talk about sexual tension!

Day Twenty-two – Favorite ending/climax: Snape’s reveal in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It made me sob like a baby and explained so much.

Day Twenty-three – Most annoying character: Susan Silverman from Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. I love his books but he wrote the most annoying women possible in fiction. Susan is Spenser's longtime girlfriend who is afraid of commitment and baby-talks to her dog. Can we just kill her already?

Day Twenty-four – Best quote: The first lines of Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn. "To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor." What a hook.

Day Twenty-five – A book you plan on reading: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Because every book lover who reads romance should read it at least once. Real original, I know.

Day Twenty-six – OMG WTF? plot: I have no idea.

Day Twenty-seven – Favorite non-mainstream writer: Steve Niles. He writes horror novels and comics and is utterly hilarious. And scary.

Day Twenty-eight – First book obsession: Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, and Baby Sitters Club series. I used to collect these en masse and could read them in about five minutes but I hung on every word. I can't wait to read the new Sweet Valley series that comes out in 2011.

Day Twenty-nine – Current book obsession: Audiobooks are my newly discovered literary vehicle and I couldn't get anything done in my house without them.

Day Thirty – Saddest character death: Kisten from Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. Kisten was Rachel's vampire boyfriend and I still have not forgiven Kim for killing him three books ago. I was so relieved that she finally wrapped up the mystery surrounding his death in Black Magic Sanction but even writing this little about him makes my eyes prickle. R.I.P. Kisten, I had to put you in here somewhere!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Jen D. said...

You know that I laughed a little when I saw this post, right? ;-)

-Oh the darn Hunger Games. I promise to get to you next year.

-Aww I liked the HP movie cast. What? I haven't read the books yet. Stop shaking your fist at me Jen. *runs off and hides*

-Episcopal minister and a married police cheif? Hmm...

-Wow...those are really good opening lines.

-Got to page 10 in P&P and gave up. The language was kind of tough for me.

-What are some of the titles of Steve Niles' books?

-Dayum...SVH and just took me back.

-*sob* WHY KIM WHY?!?!?!?!

Jen said...

Heh. You can come out now! I won't shake my fist at you :)

It is so hard to keep up with all those series you've wanted to get around to reading for so long when new stuff keeps coming out, isn't it?

Deanna Raybourn is THE MAN. Love her!

P&P is not something you can just sit down and read. Muscles must be flexed first. I, too, have tried to read it through and only made it through page forty-five or so and I barely knew what was happening.

Steve Niles wrote 30 Days of Night, you know, the vampire movie? He also wrote stories about a guy named Cal McDonald that are disturbing but hilarious. They are put together in one volume called CRIMINAL MACABRE. He also writes comics too.

Look for the new SVH series in March. They're grown up now. Finally!

You HAVE to catch up with Rachel and Co.! BLACK MAGIC SANCTION finally reveals who killed him and Rachel finally remembers. You finally get some closure. I know I needed some.

Jen D. said...

*pokes head over desk* Okay I'm coming out now. Any fast moves and I'm diving back under my desk. ;-)

Yes, yes it is. It's like the universe is against me but, I've got a game plan for 2011. It may mean no new books but it's a small price to pay for getting caught up.

I requested her book from the library. With a line like that how could I not.

I've seen 30 Days of Night and it scared the buhjeezus out of me. I'll have to check out Criminal Macabre when I have a chance.

Really? I'm surprised they're continuing the storyline a la 90210.

Yes I know. And although there's a resolution, I'm still really really angry he was taken away from me, er, um I mean us. LOL!