A few months ago I did a blog called The Reading List about trying some new books.
I showed a huge list of recommendations and what I planned to read over the next few months.
So, how did I do?
Well, not too bad to be honest! But I have to warn you that I'm going to be brutally honest about these books.
A Prayer for Owen Meany. Well, I enjoyed the book overall. It was pretty long and I did feel as if it could have been edited by 200 pages without losing any of the story or content. My biggest gripe came with the description of Owen. He was apparently so tiny that the kids could pass him around over their heads. He was described as the size of a toddler. Then he made it to 5ft to get into the US army. It just didn't ring true. The health visitor in me knows quite a lot about syndromes. Not sure what Owen's syndrome was supposed to be, but it just didn't add up.
I'm going to do the next few all together. Kristan Higgins Fools Rush In, Linda Howard Mr Perfect, Susan Mallery Under Her Skin.
I thought all of these books were fine, but none of them blew me away. I'd heard lots of people rave about them but the truth be told, once I'd read them I didn't think about them again.
PS Still got Susan Mallery Only His to read.
When it came to Susan Elizabeth Phillips I cheated. I was supposed to
read Natural Born Charmer or Ain't She Sweet. But I swapped them and
read Call Me Irresistable instead. I enjoyed this story and thought
that she wrote a fabulous ending. I have a lot to learn from this lady!
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty was a recommendation by my Australian critique partner Rachael Johns. And it was fabulous, loved every minute of it. Just think, having an accident and forgetting 10 years of your life. Really enjoyed this one!
And finally..............................the teenage fiction.
All I can say is WOW!!!!
I am so, so impressed. The Gone series by Michael Grant. Gone, Lies, Hunger, Plague and Fear.These
books were absolutely fantastic. The final book in the series Light is
out next year and I will be fighting my 12 year old for it. Blown away
by how good these books were!!
The Hunger Games. I've had these books sitting in my house for months, but once I started reading them I absolutely couldn't put them down! Talk about Page Turning Quality. Really engrossing.
So what have I learned? That I want to be a teenager again. When I was a teenager I had Sweet Valley University and that was it. The teenage books I have read have really taken it to a new level. I have now invested in lots of new teenage fiction (obviously with intention of finding suitable reading for my 12 year old!) and reading these books are pure pleasure.
Maybe I should think about writing one???????
In the meantime I'm compiling a new reading list, including a number of books I've been meaning to read for the last few years.
The list this time will include - Jodi Picoult Lone Wolf, Susan Wiggs Marrying Daisy Bellamy, David Fiddimore The Hidden War, Teri Terry Slated, Anne O'Brien The King's Concubine and Elizabeth Noble Things I Want my Daughter to Know.