Sunday, July 25, 2010

nearly a week's worth...

and it still doesn't add up to much. :P

I finally got back to Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, and read 91 pages. I hadn't meant to set it aside exactly. But Annie needed to read it for school a few months back, and well, I just never got back to it after she'd finished. Ahhh, but I am so glad to be reading it again--I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I plan to talk about it when I finish it, because some books just deserve to be gushed over.

I read a scrapbooking book this week--We Dare You: Scrapbook Challenges about Real Life (117 pages). As far as scrapbooking books go, this one is just completely awesome. I've followed "The Dares" for a long time now online. Seriously such fun. And the women who started The Dares and put together this book...well, creative doesn't begin to describe them. They make the most edgy, unique, and meaningful pages. Someday (if--no when--I finally get my scrapbook area back into a useable state) I plan to make my own "Dare" album...I think it will be quite rewarding.

And the other night, after yet another trip to Lowes, Rich and I went to Borders to grab a coffee and relax a bit. And while there, I managed to read Sweet Tooth: Out of the Woods by Jeff Lemire (128 pages). This is the second Jeff Lemire graphic novel I've read this month (the other being The Nobody). I really enjoyed this one, and I can't wait for volume 2 to come out. It's a post-apocalyptic tale (gee, no wonder I loved it, huh?) in which most of humankind was wiped out by some sort of disease. But during the time when the sickness was really wiping people out in massive waves, some children were born. Children who are part human/part some other animal. Children like Gus (aka Sweet Tooth) who sports antlers like a deer. These children appear to be immune to the disease...and well, you can guess what kinds of things that might lead desperate, scared, and sometimes downright evil people to...

And speaking of evil...I started a new thriller. Shadow Man by Cody McFadyen. Whoa. I've only read 97 pages so far, but is this book intense! I'm really loving it--best thriller I've read in a long time. (Of course, I haven't really read all that many in the past couple years.) Anyway, I can see this being a series I actually follow through with. ;)

And in the dangerous world of blog-reading, these books were added to my wish list:

*Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn (thanks to Amanda's very organized and fun-to-read review :D )
*Crossed Wires by Rosy Thorton (thanks to a second, and still enjoyable, read by Amanda)
*Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean (thanks to the darling Ms Eva's enthusiastic recommendation)
*Twinkle Twinkle by Kaori Ekuni (again thanks to that little book-pusher, Eva)
*The Heart That Bleeds by Alma Guillermoprieto (and yet again, thanks to Eva--three books from one post, sheesh!)
*Hidden Wives by Claire Avery (thanks to Staci's intriguing review)
*The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitchings (thanks to Ana's wonderful review, which left me both fascinated and hopeful that I will actually understand it)


  1. I almost bought Sweet Tooth yesterday! A local bookshop had it, in English and for an actual decent price! But then I remembered I'm not supposed to buy any books until I move :P But now that I know it has the Debi stamp of approval... well, I haven't treated myself to a comic in forever, have I? I'll be arguing with myself in my head over this for days :P

  2. Ana,
    Well, you'll definitely be able to finish it before the move...does that help? :P I really did enjoy it, but it's not super "deep" (which is a really condescending and not terribly accurate way to put that, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to say what I mean). Anyway, I see a lot of potential for this series to get even better as it goes along, if you know what I mean.

  3. Hm, I haven't heard of any of the books you're reading right now. Sweet Tooth. I'll look that one up.

  4. Sweet Tooth sounds incredibly cool. I absolutely have to check that one out. And I'm most definitely adding Shadow Man to my wishlist too! I could use a good thriller myself methinks :) Luvs you :)

  5. Amanda,
    As I told Ana, I really enjoyed Sweet Tooth, but I have a feeling it's going to get even better as it goes along. As sometimes happens with a series, I think this first one is doing a lot of just introducing things, if you know what I mean.

    I do think you'd enjoy Sweet Tooth...and it's a super fast read so hopefully you can get your hands on it for your summer reading. ;) And Shadow Man--wow! It's a disturbing book, but oh-so-good, at least so far! I love the main character--an FBI agent who has been through some major trauma--seriously, I just love her! And I think you would, too.