Seventieth book read this year:

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Description from Amazon:

A small-town baker uses her own magic to confront a post–vampire apocalypse world in this award-winning urban fantasy Neil Gaiman called “pretty much perfect.”

Although it had been mostly deserted since the Voodoo Wars, there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years. Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, head baker at her family’s busy and popular café in downtown New Arcadia, needed a place to get away from all the noise and confusion—of the clientele and her family. Just for a few hours. Just to be able to hear herself think.
She knew about the Others, of course. Everyone did. And several of her family’s best regular customers were from SOF—Special Other Forces—which had been created to deal with the threat and the danger of the Others.
She drove out to her family’s old lakeside cabin and sat on the porch, swinging her feet and enjoying the silence and the silver moonlight on the water.
She never heard them coming. Of course, you don’t when they’re vampires.

I thought this dragged in some places, but overall I really liked it. Looking at reviews and stuff, I see the book seems to get compared to “Buffy” a lot but I personally don’t think it’s anything like that, except that it is about a young (blonde?) girl and there are vampires in it. I’ve also seen that McKinley has stated she won’t write any sequels to Sunshine, which I find disappointing because the story left me very curious about what happens next to the characters! And the fantasy world she created for this is so complex and detailed, it seems ripe for more tales to be set in it…I’m still thinking about the story, even though I finished the book a while ago. Oh, well. In some ways, it’s cool there were so many possibilities left open at the end of the book, because it means I’m free to imagine whatever I want to happen next. Ha, ha. It’s also nice to read a book (particularly about vampires) that isn’t part of a series. One and done!

PS: I love all these covers, particularly the one with the coffee cup, which was the one included with my version of the e-book. The one with her in the red dress is really cool too, though.


City of Bones

It’s Tuesday; time to write a little about the books I’m currently reading. Not really a review, mind you; just a quick recap!

I finally finished reading City of Bones over the weekend. I’d seen the movie adaptation of this a few months back and thought it was okay, but I doubt it would have convinced me to run out and get the book if I hadn’t already owned it. I HAD already bought the book, though, so I went ahead and read it. I’m so glad I did, too, because I enjoyed it a lot! I love vampires and werewolves (especially werewolves) and demon hunters and stuff. And I really like Cassandra Clare’s writing style. I admire the light, deft way she handles exposition, and the detailed way she describes things. And of course the characters are lovely :).

I’ve already got the next two books in this series and I’m sure I will read them at some point. I’m just a bit daunted by the fact that there are two MORE sequels after that, plus the three prequels…It feels like I’m already in the middle of SO many YA series and will never finish or catch up. Makes me a little antsy to think about it, honestly :(.

Anyway, now I’m re-reading Dracula. I’d planned to read this in October (because I’ve been wanting to for a while now and October just seems like a good time to read a vampire novel) but that didn’t happen, so I’m just now getting to it. For the occasion, I pulled out my sweet movie tie-in paperback copy from the 1990s. It includes “8 pages of photos from the magnificent new motion picture.” And yes, that is a matching bookmark! Jealous ;)?


I also have this other Dracula tie-in bookmark that looks like vampire teeth, which is even cooler. Good for reading vampire books in general.


I hadn’t remembered I’d highlighted in this book for some reason-? Normally I don’t do that. Some of the highlighted passages seem to be lines that are in the Francis Ford Coppola movie, but not all of them are. So I guess they were just random things I liked-? Who knows. It was the ’90s. And I was a weird kid.


Happy reading!