Aloha Friday: What Are You Reading?

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blogland anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

So this week, I want to know…

What book are you reading right now? Is it GOOD?
If you aren’t reading anything, what would you like to be reading?

To answer my own question, right now I’m reading The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde. I’ve been reading it for two or three weeks right now. Fforde books always take me awhile because the plots are packed and intense and full of detail, but in an amazing way. The book, which is third in a series which begins with The Eyre Affair, takes place largely in a fictional world, that is, in a world inside of fiction. Where books are taken very seriously because they live inside of them. There is a whole government in this world responsible for the caring and maintaining of literature from the inside and it appears that books are written here, rather than by the author, as one might expect. So there are all these amazing little gems about the jurisfiction agents working to keep things running smoothly, and it’s absurd and brilliant and… well just wonderful.

Last night I read a paragraph that looked like this:

“Take the first had had and that that in the book by way of example,” explained Lady Cavendish, “You would have thought that that first had had had had good occasion to be seen as had, had you not? Had had had approval but had had had not; equally it is true to say that that that that had had approval but that that other that that had not.”

So I’m thinking you can understand why it’s taking me awhile to finish this, but still LOVING it. And I normally read before bed, when of course, I’m the most tired, so I rarely get more than a chapter in in one night. 🙂

25 thoughts on “Aloha Friday: What Are You Reading?

  1. @ Allison : I guess I can agree with that, but the genres are so different, to an extent, that I kind of view them separately if that makes sense. I also think it’s a series that gets better as you go (which HP also did IMO). By the end of the first book I was completely hooked, by the end of the series… phew, it was like I’d gone through a war or something. I was changed. 😛


  2. I have jumped on the Twilight bandwagon! I am reading the first book and the second is waiting for me at the library! So far I am really enjoying it, but it doesn’t compare to HP!


  3. I am reading a lot of news online! I am also reading a lot of blogs! I read TIME and Newsweek, as well as the book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart. I am a month behind on reading The Daily Bible.


  4. Also reading a lot of blogs. I am reading the Bible. Plus I am reading the Mitford series by Jan Karon to my wife in the evening.


  5. @ Jen – Daily Big Top : Hmmm well have you read the Twilight series yet? That’s always fun. Light can be tough. I really like Jennifer Weiner and Janet Evanovich for a good light read, but lately I’ve been all about the YA stuff like A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, The Luxe by Anna Godberson, the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld… Can’t get enough.


  6. Want to hear something really sad? I’m not reading anything!! I have absolutely no books from the library home and I’m too broke to buy anything new. I’m waiting for some of my requested books to show up. You know my Good Reads choices. But truthfully I am dying to read Betrayed by P.C. Cast and the third blue bloods novel Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz. Both are continuations – and maybe will be series if not then trilogy’s. I can’t wait to get my hands on them at least.


  7. I’m reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. I like it, but it’s a hearty read and taking me a while to get through. I also am supposed to be reading “How to Behave so your Preschooler will, too” by Sal Severe, but it’s dry. I also think I’m going to reread “Hot and Bothered” by Annie Downey because I loved it so much and keep thinking about it, and I can refresh it for my book club meeting!


  8. Have I told you how cute your blog looks? Love it!!

    I’m reading a book called Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is pretty good so far-very well-written. I’m struggling a bit with getting to that point where I really want to see what is going to happen. I like it when a book really grabs you and you can’t put it down. This isn’t happening with this one so far.


  9. I have literally 2 more minutes in The Thirteenth Tale. I’ll finish it on the way to the library this afternoon. Loved it. Absolutely amazing book. I’ll start Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos next, it’s already waiting in the glove box.

    I’m reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman which I’m also enjoying. It’s appropriate for the season, which is why it was released the end of last month.

    Oh I read The Eyre Affair and I thought it was ok. It might have also been because I hadn’t read Jane Eyre yet (I’ve since read it twice), but someone about the cutesy literary world just rubbed me the wrong way. The paragraph you quoted is a perfect example of what turned me off.


  10. Right now I am too involved in knitting to read. One of these days I will actually listen to a book on CD while I knit so I can do both. Eventually I will start to read again (waiting for a few books from the library), but for now I will be happy while reading my oldest Magic Tree House Books 🙂


  11. @ Amanda : I’ve got Deja Dead on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I love Bones so I’m hoping I’ll like her books, too.

    I should read Nick and Norah – I’ve heard two negative reviews of the movie now but if it’s available in book I bet that’s a better route to go.


  12. I JUST finished the shopaholic series. I JUST started reading THE RULE OF FOUR by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. far so good..i just started reading last night and then my son demanded my attention. So i only read the prologue and the very first few pages. I’m only on pg 13!


  13. I’m reading Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs, and the story line is so familiar that I feel like I’ve read it before. It’s a pretty great book, as far as murder mysteries go. It’s not a genre I read a lot of, so I can give a professional opinion, but I like it.

    I decided to read it because it’s Kathy’s first novel. She’s now written over a dozen and is on the Times Bestseller’s list. I’m going to assume her writing style has matured, because her first novel is a little slow going – or it could be that I’ve been reading it when I’m dead tired.

    I have Villette by one of the bronte sisters, but I think I’ll return it before I read it. It doesn’t look like a book I want to read right now. I also started Faefever, but got one page in before I realized that I didn’t want to have to remember the entire world and all the made up names for creatures of another fantasy novel right now.

    I did just read Son of the Mob, which was very good and I highly recommend. I also love love loved Nick and Norah’s infinate playlist. The novel was great and brought me back to the days of meeting a random boy and staying out all night on the town. Sadly, the movie was terrible and butchered the book. They gave most of Nick’s lines to other characters…what the hell is that about?

    Anyways, I’ve been reading a lot mainly because I can’t do much else while I’m feeding Aby.


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