Saturday, 5 February 2011
What I've been Reading:
And speaking of the FAB-U-LOUS Emily Giffin (whose first book, 'Something Borrowed' is currently "in-the-can" (which is movie-speak for has been made I believe) and a trailer imminent... not that I'm obsessed or anything *I LOVE YOU EMILY!* her latest book 'Heart of the Matter' is just stunning. I knew it would be. See - another eagerly awaited which didn't disappoint. The characterisations are so spot-on and so disarmingly diametrically opposed that half the admiration is in how brilliantly they are woven together to produce such a flawless piece of art. yes, it's art. At it's finest. Get it, read it. You'll be drooling for a back catalogue of Ms Giffin's works. Seriously.
It's taken me a while to get round to reading 'Avalon High' which has more to do with the 'system' in the room we fondly to refer to as the 'Study' (it's the smallest room of the house stacked to the rafters with books, paper, more books, leads that lead precisely nowhere and yet more books, you get the idea...). And although The Girl has always referred to this as her favourite read of all time, I just wasn't convinced by it's very loud pink and shouty cover and the fact it's got some kind of Girl Warrior wielding a sword on the outside. Don't get me wrong, I like Teenage fiction, I just though this might be pushing it a bit. But the minute I read the opening bars of Tennyson's "The Lady of Shallott" I realised I'd died and gone to Literary Heaven. This was poem that got me through my A-levels. If it hadn't been for the Willows whitening, the Aspens quivering and the bower eaves entombing the fair maiden who was cursed from looking out of her window onto Camelot, then I'd have given up mid-term. For 2 years I was the Lady of Shallott. Sometimes I still am. And the story was just lovely. It brought back all my hormonal feelings, in a good way and made me feel happy. And a book that can transport and evoke such feelings HAS to go to the top of the pile.
I can't believe how far through it I already am - only 4 days in. It's a bright, breezy, fun read and although the characters aren't brilliantly sculpted, the story doesn't really warrant too much depth. And one of them, I'm almost sure has a definite Simon Cowell feel to him. It's a page-turning mood-enhancer... and it's got plenty of hot sex if you like your read a bit spicy - rather reminiscent of the early Bonkbuster.
So that's where I am. How 'bout you?