Today’s question: What are you currently reading? How do you like it?
Well, I purposely finished reading my last book a couple days ago so that I could specifically write about the book I’m reading today in the Book Chat. Because you all knew that I was reading ‘Brain on Fire’ by Susannah Cahalan, since I wrote about it earlier this week, and I didn’t feel like repeating myself twice in one week, and because I am still in a reading frenzy, and because I’ve been SO EXCITED to read this book for the last couple weeks. /end long sentence
You may (or may not) remember yesterday when I reviewed a book called Graceling by Kristin Cashore? I actually finished reading it earlier this month but hadn’t had much time to finish writing my review, even though I loved it. It was actually the book that Jessica (our host for the Book Chat) sent me for our Blogger Book Swap a few months ago. I had heard so much about this book, even knew the BASIC premise of the story, but never picked it up.
I must say the only reason I chose to read it now is because I knew how much Jessica loved it. Otherwise, I may never have bothered to check out the series. I’m SO glad she introduced me and further pushed me to read this book, because it is seriously one of my favorites right now.
I’m currently reading the second book in the series, FIRE. It’s not the same characters, but it’s set in the same seven kingdoms (so some characters are recurring). I know that in the past, some people have had difficulty reading the second book because they’re unrelated in terms of actual plot, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I went through a legitimate book depression when I finished Graceling, and basically any way I could return to this world, I’d be happy. Not to mention Kristin Cashore has such amazing writing, so it’s just an overall pleasure to read her work.
I’m not very far in the novel yet, but I’m already very much enjoying it. I’ve read other authors who try and re-visit fantasy worlds that they have created with new characters, but it falls short because the new people that get introduced are TOO similar to the old ones. It’s often difficult to discern where the old characters end, and the new begin, because their stories seem so intertwined, even in the authors’ mind. I don’t see that whatsoever in FIRE, and I’m relieved.
What I do see, is how Cashore further develops the kingdoms; she expands & introduces new places, new creatures, and new developments to an already surreal, and beautiful world.
I can’t wait to immerse myself further into this second story. I already have ‘Bitterblue’, the third in the trilogy, sitting on my bookshelf! Seriously, if you’re a fan of YA and have pushed this series aside like I did for so many years, give it a try. It’s so worth it.
What are you currently reading?