Over the holidays, I had some time to get lost in a few great books. I realize it’s March and I’m writing about what I read over the holidays – that’s how far behind I am in life! I wanted to share this series with you since there is still time to catch up before the final installment releases.
Abandon series by Meg Cabot
This trilogy is a modern take on the Hades and Persephone Greek myth. Meg Cabot, one of my all-time favorite writers, once again manages to tell a compelling story with vivid characters and witty humor. Abandon is the first book of the trilogy and takes place in Cayo Hueso (based on Key West). It introduces us to Pierce, a sixteen year old girl who escapes death and falls in love with John – a death deity. Abandon is followed by Underworld which explores Pierce and John’s unconventional relationship and its consequences. The much anticipated third book in the trilogy, Awaken, comes out this summer.
If you like Greek mythology and clever storytelling, you’ll die (pun intended) over these books. I know Awaken will be the first book on my summer reading list!
I haven’t been too impressed by the movies out lately, but there have been some wonderful books out! Here are some other books I’ve read and enjoyed:
Have you read any of these books? What other books have you read and enjoyed lately?
Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer and my favorite thing to do during this hot season is to get lost in a good book. Since I will be starting classes again in a few weeks, I’ve been reading fiction like a maniac since I won’t get much time to do so soon. One of the books I recently finished was Star Island, written by Carl Hiaasen. This popular Floridian satirical novelist is best known for Strip Tease, but his most recent book made me laugh every chapter.
Set in mostly Florida, this novel tells the story of a disturbing, yet comical relationship of an obsessed paparazzi and a commercial pop star. When the pop star’s stand-in gets kidnapped, it takes a team of colorful characters to set everything straight. Hiaasen’s witty sense of writing and interesting character back-stories will leave you laughing and thinking about the unnerving details of stardom. If you want a clever and candid story to read this summer, pick up Star Island.
Other books I recently read and enjoyed are:
What books are you planning to read this summer?
I was sick over the holidays, so I took this time to do a digital detox. No internet, no email, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Pinterest. Not even my blog! It felt good to rest and unplug. I started to read the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy. I loved it so much, I read all three books in the trilogy this week (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay). One word defines these books: riveting. From the moment I opened the book, I was hooked on the intriguing plot and invested into the well-defined characters.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with such poetic writing, literary symbolism and realistic themes. Suzanne Collins‘ creative world is foreign and at the same time, very real. Do yourself a favor and read these books.
Other books I’ve recently read and enjoyed are:
Overbite by Meg Cabot
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
I can’t wait for the first movie out on March! Have you read the Hunger Games trilogy? What did you think?
Is this another vampire book? Well, yes. But it’s different- I promise! This fun and entertaining novel by Meg Cabot actually makes fun of all the vampire hype in today’s pop culture. The leading lady and protagonist, Meena, can’t stand how vampires have taken over the world and she makes fun of other girls and women who love these ridiculous creatures. That is until real vampires start to run her life.
Meg Cabot is a genius when it comes to writing for today’s women and young females and I adore her books. I was a little hesitant to read this and I really didn’t want to read another vampire book (some of you know how many I’ve read!). I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get swept away in a fast-paced story with captivating characters and wants to have a good laugh!
I can’t wait to read the sequel “Overbite” as soon as I can get my hands on it.
Have you read Insatiable or any other Meg Cabot books? What do you think?
Other books I also recently read and enjoyed:
-Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
-The Red Queen – Philippa Gregory
Ever since I could read, I’ve had my nose stuck in a book. I love literature and always enjoy hearing about and reading new books. I know I normally write about style and fashion, but reading is such a big part of my life that it is part of my personal style. So, I’m trying a new category reviewing the current books that I’ve read. Please feel free to add your own comments and book suggestions!
I probably will not be reviewing the newest book that has been released as most of the books I read are from the library. Also, since I started graduate school, I am reading more textbooks that fiction, so many of these books I actually listened on tape during my work commute. I hope you enjoy!
Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
This novel is from the perspective of the alleged mistress of William Shakespeare- Anne Whateley. I love the way Harper pieces together what little is documented about Shakespeare’s personal life and creates a beautiful love story of what could have been true. It also combines my love of the medieval/Elizabethan era and Shakespeare writing into a tale of a unique and sometimes tumultuous relationship. I definitely recommend it!
Other books I currently read and enjoyed are:
- The White Queen- Philip Gregory
- Persuasion- Jane Austen
-The Host- Stephenie Meyer
-Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follet
Have you read Mistress Shakespeare? What did you think?