Monday, July 26, 2010

It's Monday: What are you reading? (10)

It's Monday: What are you reading? is a weekly meme from BookJourney.

I read:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Lonnnggg book, but very interesting plot - What happened to the gods that immigrants brought to America? Apparently America isn't too hospitable. I haven't read too much of Gaiman, Stardust is the only book in my collection, so I can't really say how it fits into his regular format. Stardust is a bit more family-friendly than this one, but they're both (sorta) on-the-road books.

One word of warning, this book may be a bit too bulky for a once-a-month book group; it's meaty and takes some time to get through.

I listened to:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Audio book)
I really could not get into this book. It's Twilight-lite, in the worst way. Girl inexplicably and instantaneously falls for boy, this time because she's been staring at him in his wolf form for years. Never had a conversation before, never even knew he was a human (or humanesque) until he shows up on her doorstep and she just *knows*. Then there's the chaste cuddling in bed that "she knows she just can't live without" (paraphrased).

I couldn't do it. I got about three discs into a nine disc audio book and had to quit. The readers were alright - the female reader was a little to breathy for my taste (though that was probably what they were aiming for) and the male reader wasn't tops on the female voices, but otherwise they were both pretty good. That still wasn't enough to keep me listening.

Currently Reading:
Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger

To Read:
Road trip coming up next week, so I plan on "reading" a lot of audio books. More to come in two weeks!


  1. Interesting about Shiver. This is one I have but have not read yet. Hope you find something you really enjoy for this next week! :D

  2. Thanks for your thoughts on Shiver. It's EVERYWHERE, but I have been reluctant to read it. Since you've likened it to bad Twilight (which I hated anyway), I think I will pass.
    Here is my Monday review:

  3. I think this is the first post I've come across where somebody hasn't raved about Shiver... I'm hopeing to have a look at it sometime, but it's always good to hear another opinion :)

  4. I really need to try to get into audio-books - might help me tame this out of control TBR pile! But I don't think I'd be able to stick with Shiver, either. Hope you enjoy all your reading this week!
    My Monday List

  5. American Gods is one of my favorites. I also love his book Neverwhere.

  6. Thanks for sharing! I haven't read Gaiman, but I have heard a lot about him. Don't know if I will read Shiver--I just finished the Twilight Saga and that is enough YA for me for a while!