Wednesday, 26 October 2011

It's Oh So Quiet.... Shush....Shush....

Y'all must have noticed it's all been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately. Well, okay, a lot quiet.

I've been taking an odd break, which came about spontaneously thanks to a few factors. One is that I haven't felt the need to review the last few books I've read. Here are very short thoughts about them:

Rynn's World by Steve Parker - Good start, but ultimately tiresome with some very repetitive one-on-one combat scenes.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore - Enjoyable. Strong female character who had enough flaws to feel real.

Fire by Kristin Cashore - Took a while to get going. Fire annoyed me as a central character in this one, and I found the world building to be too insubstantial to connect with.

Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast - Hmm.... A guilty pleasure? Not sure it could even be classed as that! Awful writing, including throwing in a whole heap of "hip" teen terms that felt very awkward. The very definition of a perfect Mary Sue in the form of Zoey, who is wonderful and has loads of boys after her etc etc

Betrayed by P.C. and Kristin Cast - Yep, I went ahead and read the second one - despite my feelings about the first. And it all just got much, much worse. Not impressed. And, with the overt sexual themes, not terribly impressed that youngsters are reading it...

Now tackling Rosebush by Michele Jaffe and you might even get a full review of that!

The other thing keeping me away from reading/blogging is that I have started to knit again, and I'm enjoying it hugely. I have two projects on the go - a lovely chunky red jumper for me, and a soft baby blanket for Mieneke's second little bundle of joy. Those are definitely keeping me busy.

What have y'all been up to?


  1. Ah I'm glad you're okay, I was starting to get a little worried! I know exactly what you mean with the knitting, when I started again it took over from the reading for a while!

  2. I too was starting to wonder where all the posts had gone! Glad to see you're okay.

    What have I been up to? Aside from reading, mostly work. And work. And... that's about it. My own knitting and embroidery has fallen by the wayside, since I'm finding myself with less and less time in which to do anything other than work-related stuff, and when I'm not doing that, I feel almost honour-bound to fit some reading time in so that I can keep content on the blog.

    But now you're making me want to knit more...

  3. My sister is in the same basket as you. Always "complains" that her knitting is getting in the way of her reading and reading doesn't let her knit as much as she would like... hahaha I always find it funny!
    Aren't you going to do a review about Graceling ? I would be interesting to know a little bit more about this since it's in my interested-in list. Why don't you do short review format where you write just a paragraph for each book and give a quick rating?

  4. Good to see you're still reading like a maniac, even if the pressure of reviewing has lifted somewhat :)

    Good luck with the knitting, you know you've got the skill down when you can knit a woolly Cthulu :P