Friday, April 11, 2008

You Know It Would Be Books...

...that would pull me out of a fug. Stolen from kemtee who stole it from Eryn

1. What book are you currently reading?
Book? As in the singular? Surely you jest. Right now I am reading Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job, Anne Bishop's Tangled Webs, Simon Winchester's Krakatoa, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Things I Learned From Knitting (Whether I Wanted To Or Not). Yes, I am a champion multi-tasker.

2. When you think of a good story, what are the first 3 books that come to mind?
I am going to have to agree with Kemtee here - I was blown away by Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. As with Kemtee, the rest of the books in the series are great, but the first one holds a special place for me. I crushed on Jamie when he explained to Claire why he was a virgin and then what happens afterward (sigh...). And to continue in the alternative history theme, another book that has phenomenal storytelling from multiple points of view is S.M. Stirling's Island In the Sea of Time. I've touted this book and author before - and I will continue to do so. It has been nearly ten years since I first read this book and I still find myself daydreaming sometimes about it. It is another story world that has spawned multiple sequels (so there are plenty of books to keep you busy). The third would be Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart, which introduced a fascinating alternative Europe. And yes, another book that heralded a series, but the first book is stand-alone amazing.

3. Which 3 books would you recommend for summer 2008 beach reading?
If you are a plus-size girl and haven't read Jennifer Weiner's Good In Bed, you simply must. I was so freaking happy to see that there is a sequel of sorts, Certain Girls, now - you can bet it is on my library wish list. Also, I would include Charlaine Harris' Dead Until Dark, the first in the Sookie Stackhouse vampire mysteries. And for a third, J.D. Robb's Naked In Death, because you know it is going to be a long summer and why not pick a book that has twenty-some-odd sequels?

4. Any knitting books you would care to share?
The knitting book I use time and time again is Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges. I simply don't know what I
would do without it.

5. What is next on your reading list?
The next books on my bedside bookshelf are Ilona Andrews' Magic Burns, C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp's Touch of Evil, Karen Chance's Embrace the Night, and Sunny's Lucinda, Darkly.

6. Tag three other knitters for this meme:
I don't tag people, so anyone who wants to play - please do so.


Thanks for the well-wishes, people. It really means a lot to me. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who slips into the Smiths when blue.


kemtee said...

Yay! Off to stalk my library's online catalogue….

Bezzie said...

For a second I thought you were going to be reading "Magic Buns."

Jo said...

Well, that would be an entirely different genre altogether ;)

Nell said...

Thanks for all the suggestions!

Tez Miller said...

Coinkydink - I'm reading Magic Burns now, too :-)

Have a lovely day! :-)

P.S. Nell - the beer-swillin' kitty in your userpic is gorgeous!