Happy Monday!

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Good morning and happy Monday! At the end of last week, I started Interview with the Vampire (which I’ve never read, and don’t worry, I’m still reading Merry Hall… it’s what I read when I’m ready to put Interview down – but more about that in a minute). I asked around Twitter to see if it was worth a read, since I’ve watched the movie, and the answer was a resounding YES! I have found that the Twitter-folk (so far) have been correct. I am enthralled. At bedtime I often have to swap it out for a more mellow book so that I can actually get to sleep.

I have a friend who is leaving for a trip in the new year and is looking for compulsively readable books. She’s bringing Gone Girl and Rules of Civility. What other books can you recommend that are the swallow-it-in-one-bite books? No big thinkers or life changing epics, please, she’s going on vacation to relax and be thoroughly entertained.

What are you reading this week, my friends?

15 thoughts on “Happy Monday!

  1. Some YA is just the ticket. Meaty and enriching enough but quick and fun. Just read recently The Gates by John Connolly and Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Only problem might be that these are series books and some readers can’t stand not to have the next book in the series ready to pick up if you are a strict paper book reader. E-books help with that!

    • Oh, I forgot about Christopher Moore, good call! I’ve heard of Mudbound, but haven’t read it – I need to look into that (I think it was recently that someone brought it up), good huh?

  2. Compulsively readable is so subjective. For me, Gone Girl definitely is not compulsively readable (I was bored and almost dropped it. Only got through it by switching to audio), but Rules of Civility is. I would say The Restorer by Amanda Stevens, The Hunger Games series, Silent in the Grave and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I would also put in Pillars of the Earth and A Game of Thrones

    • It is subjective, you’re right. I find that I still recommend books that I didn’t love, but were (in general) known as compulsively readable because there’s a good chance others will like it. I always do it with the warning, “Well, I didn’t love it but everyone else did…” :) Do you ever do that?

      A Game of Thrones might be a good one so that she can start a series, I’ll have to check and see if she’s read it. Thanks for the recs!

  3. I would recommend The Age of Miracles for a holiday read. It’s hard to put down, and it’s a fairly quick read; you sit down to read it, and the next thing you know you’re halfway through the book! It was my favorite book released in 2012.

  4. This week I’ve kicked off The The Orkneyinga Saga, which is a saga/history essentially of the Vikings in the Orkney Isles, from about 900-1200 AD. As for a holiday read, along the lines of Gone Girl, the Rizzoli & Isles novels by Tess Gerritsen are fast pace crime reads that are great for that sort of thing.

  5. Unbroken, A Discovery of Witches, Firefly Lane, Sookie Stackhouse series, Anna Quindlen fiction books, Jodi Picoult – there’s some variety!

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