Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Sunday Salon November 22, 2009

The Sunday

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare was the only book that I finished this week. I enjoyed it but part way through I recognized some similarities to the Harry Potter books and then I couldn't stop finding them. I think I would have liked the book even more if I could have just read it without analyzing it as I was reading. I do plan to continue with the series to see if it gets better.

I also started reading The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach by Annemarie Colbin and Dhampir (Noble Dead)by Barb & J.C. Hendee. Dhampir will finish off the 1st in a Series Challenge for 2009. One thing that I have discovered about my reading this year is that once I start a series I just want to keep reading that series until I am caught up. Switching series after the first or second book just is not working for me.

I found two places having Kindle give aways for the holidays. Fill out a simple form at Noobie and subscribe to the newsletter at Bibliofreak to enter each of the give aways. My husband and I have been talking about going electronic with our books in the future and winning a Kindle would be an awesome way to get started!

Plans for this week include very little reading or blogging time. Tomorrow I'm taking my daughter to get her second round of flu shots and my husband is working late so I have a feeling we are going to have a very long day. Then Wednesday we will be traveling to see the family for Thanksgiving and won't be home until sometime on the weekend. As a result, other than maybe getting one post up tomorrow if my daughter takes a nap, I will be participating in Blogger Unplugged.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! I think this may be my favorite holiday because it is the best meal ever! Although our soup, salad, and dessert large family Christmas definitely runs a close second.

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  1. Cassandra Clare's trilogy had problems, I agree, but I too found them fairly gripping reads. One of the most intriguing and innovative aspects, I have to say, was [spoilers ahoy for those who haven't finished the first novel] the bold treatment of the possibility of incest. I know some were irritated by it, but to me it had the flavor of a sort of Shakespearean plot device - with all the philosophical and moral implications that go along with even the most soap operatic of plot turns. The way she plays off our disgust (and the characters') is really complex and fascinating, I think. Otherwise, the books were enjoyable but fluffy, in my opinion. I look forward to seeing what you make of the trilogy as a whole.

  2. I wish I could have gotten my brain out of "English Major" mode when I was reading City of Bones. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

    I do think the relationship reveal was done really well and it adds another dimension to the story. I'm guessing those family issues will come up again in the other books as well.

    Is it just a trilogy? I was thinking there were going to be more than 3 but I could be thinking of another series for all I know. lol

  3. Yeah, my brain rarely leaves "English Major" mode either, so I sympathize.

    It is, to the best of my knowledge, a trilogy, but with more books to come in this world/mythology, although dealing with another set of characters, I believe. This may be old info, however...


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