Jennifer Weiner – Best Friends Forever
Jennifer Weiner – Certain Girls
Jeremy De Quidt – The Toymaker
Chris Priestley – Tales of Terror from The Black Ship

Seth Godin – Tribes
Seth Grahame-Smith – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Call it an average of two books a month, which is moderate and gives in the the occasional itch to pick up a new book and be reading it on the way out of the store.

The Jennifer Weiner books were a fairly early buy, not too long after Abraham Lincoln. I’ve always more or less liked Weiner’s books. Her first, Good In Bed, was fairly ground-breaking with a fat protagonist struggling with all the problems of being a fat woman, something I can totally relate to.

Weiner have diverted to other issues, like sibling rivalry in In Her Shoes or estranged best friends in Best Friends Forever, both quite enjoyable. But Certain Girls, which is a sequel to her first book, didn’t hold me for very long. The alternating first person POVs/chapters lost me rather quickly, especially when I found the younger protagonist rather annoying.

Abraham Lincoln was awesome! Maybe it’s because he’s killing vampires, creatures which are overpopulating the fiction shelves following the popularity of Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood, and generally annoying the heck out of me when I browse the YA shelves. But I’ve always liked it when some creative writer puts a twist into a familiar tale, real or not.

I picked up The Black Ship because the illustrations reminded me strongly of Edward Gorey’s work and the first few pages were not too bad. It turned out to be a rather interesting collection of short spooky tales, part of a series of spooky books. Of course, I didn’t see any of the other books when I bought this one. Sigh.

The Toymaker had a prologue that would make you go WOW and buy the book to find out what happens. Finding a way to transplant a real heart into a wooden toy and make it come to life? Yes, please. It was not too bad in all, but could have spent less of the book approaching the ideas in the prologue from a completely roundabout tangent.

I picked up Tribes in KL after pushing myself past the introduction chapters of Linchpin and and finding Seth Godin really, really good. This is what I’m reading now.

Another recently consumed book not pictured here (coz Shin Yi took off with it yesterday) is Gary Chapman’s The Five Languages of Love, given to me by Albert and Serina when all I did was ask to borrow it. (Thanks, guys.) The book is aimed at married couples, but it does provide some useful insight for everyone else and can be applied to the people you hang out with a lot.

Usually I’ll end a post with some idea of what I’ll blog about next, but who am I kidding. I might not be compelled to blog again for another two months.

So this post ends here.

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