It’s been a busy bookish couple of weeks. I got a hold of Mockingjay as soon as it was released, but put it aside in the hope of re-reading the first two books in the series before diving headfirst into book three. Unfortunately that never happened and so I settled down to read my copy of Mockingjay a full week after everyone else had read it. I have to say that I really enjoyed Mockingjay, but was surprised by how much I had forgotten from the previous two books. I hope to re-read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay one after the other someday soon (and am curious to see if my opinion of Mockingjay will change after reading all three together).
At night I’ve been snuggling up with my eight year old daughter to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We are on chapter thirteen now and enjoying a bit of relaxing reading time at the end of our very busy days. Especially now that my kids are back in school (Leah is in third grade, Maya in pre-school) I’ve found that they both need a bit of down time before falling asleep. While my husband is reading to Maya, Leah and I snuggle in bed to enjoy a bit of the magic of Harry Potter.
I’ve also had a few new books come into the house. I eagerly picked up a copy of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, after reading Lesley’s glowing review. I never even considered reading this book before, but I always love Lesley’s reviews and she has convinced me to give it a shot. I also picked up a copy of The Book Theif (I know, I know, I haven’t read it but have always meant to do so) and bought P.S. I Love You with the intention of reading it on my trip to Ireland next month. I was also really excited to get an e-mail from a publisit at Atria Books who told me an ARC of Kate Morton’s newest book, The Distant Hours, is on the way to my house! As my kids would say – SCORE!!
When the kids are in school (and I’m not exercising/grocery shopping/cleaning the house) I’ve been working my way through The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James (which was on my Everything Austen II list). I got to chat with Syrie on Twitter while promoting her newest book Dracula, My Love (which I really enjoyed – you can read my review here) and Syrie has agreed to write a guest post for Everything Austen II and has planned a really big giveaway to go along with it, both to be posted on my blog next week.
Speaking of Austen, have you guys seen the newest blog to hit the book blogging world? Austen Authors is a blog written by twenty Austen fiction writers, some of whom have written guest blog posts for Stephanie’s Written Word (including Lynn Shepherd, Jane Odiwe, Marsha Altman and Marilyn Brant). Please stop by Austen Authors to give them some love!
Lastly, are you tired of taking photos of your beautiful TBR piles, only for them to look dreary once you download them? Check out this awesome post by Natalie, who takes beautiful photos of her books (as you can see above) all using a homemade lightbox!