We are exploring the art of reading out loud at our house, currently, and it’s quite fun. A few months back we started listening to The Mistress of the Art of Death on CD and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Today, without having anything to listen to and a pile of spinning to get through (and a convalescing canine with separation anxiety on enforced cage-rest to keep entertained who believes I am The Best Thing Ever) I started reading Reckless by Cornelia Funke. I am a horrible reader; I’m a horrible speaker. I am naturally a speed-talker and talking slowly causes me to stumble over words. I’m also originally from Massachusetts, which causes me to ignore R’s when I choose and to insert R’s into words they don’t belong in. (R’s are horrible. When reciting the alphabet, Massachusetts folk, especially in the eastern part of the state, are likely to say, “cue aah ess”. For real.) Reckless, however, entertains Beth while she dukes it out with the wheel, entertain our convalesing pooch, and passes away a hot muggy Sunday. If you haven’t read any of Funke’s work by now (Inkheart is likely the most recognized title at this point) you really ought to correct that. Very good stuff.
This morning I also read Holly Black’s The Good Neighbors novel. Holly Black’s writing tends to be stuff I forget how much I enjoy when I’m not reading it. I’ll admit that I have a hard time, in my mind, separating her Modern Faerie Tale trio from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely books, mostly because I read the first of each roughly around the same time. That said, I generally come away from Black’s work excited abou what I’ve read and confused as to how I could have forgotten how much I enjoy her work. This was no different. I gobbled them up in under an hour, and then reread parts of them. Typically I shy away from graphic novels just because I tend to want meatier stories, but these were just about perfect.
Last night I treated myself to a comfort reread of The Hob’s Bargain which was the first book of Patricia Briggs’ I’d ever read, and that was nice. And, to toss in the oddball books, I’m also picking my way through Extinct Humans and House Thinking because these are the things I read for fun.
What books are you currently loving right now?