Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sometimes there is nothing better than a good book!

      I am so excited because today I ordered the brand new book from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I have read all 11 books so far, and I'm completely obsessed with them. These books are what the HBO show True Blood is based off of, however the show is complete trash (in my opnion, mind you), border line soft-core porn, really. The books have the same characters and slightly same plots but are not as dark and debaucherous as the show, they're actually pretty humorous. Charlaine writes her characters with amazing sarcasm and wit. Don't get me wrong, there are romances and therefore there are intamacy scenes but they're appropriate enough for a grown adult to not read and cringe over. At least not this adult. I can't get enough of the love-hate romance between Sookie, the book's heroine, and Eric the Viking Vampire with a huge ego and uncharacteristic adoration of Sookie. My mom and 4 of my best friends and I started this series a few years ago, and about once a year we all either send or recieve a mass text with the release date for the next addition to the series. It's like Christmas!
     There is nothing I like better than a good book, I don't limit myself to one genre, I read everything. Once a year, at the beginning of Summer, I read my favorite book of all time, Pride and Prejudice. I have a thing for English literature, I love Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Forster. I am also a huge fan of Irishman, James Joyce. Six months ago I picked up a copy of Much Ado About Nothing, and found myself seriously enjoying Shakespeare's humor as I became more familiar with his writing and adept at reading it. So, there is a huge place in my heart for classics, but I'm not a book snob. I've also read the Twilight Series- 5 or 6 times over. The entire Vampire Diaries series (noticing a theme?) and a ton more fiction, sci-fi, drama, and non-fiction pieces of literature. I am ALWAYS in the mood for a recommendation. So please take the time to comment and tell me your favorite book, or a new one you've read that you would suggest to a fellow bibliophile. Here are a few favorites of mine and a few that I'm hoping to read soon! Love ya, Layne

Lovely Layne's Good Reads:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (if you go into it knowing it is a downer you will appreciate the writing more)
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie (perfect beach book-guilty reading)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man- James Joyce
Close Range by Annie Proulx (this woman has a twisted sense of humor and irony)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (his stuff is a little too vulgar for me these days, but I used to love him and this was my favorite book of his)
Redeeming Love and Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers (awesome feel-good, faith building books)

Lovely Layne's Need to Read List:

Poison Wood Bible- my mom's favorite
Grapes of Wrath- don't judge, I know I need to read it but I don't really want to read it.
Pioneer Woman's book


Emily and Cory said...

Love your taste in books! James Joyce is great and I read Pride and Prejudice a few times a year. Once your start reading Shakespeare, I agree that he is very funny! Twelfth Night is next on my list of classics to read. I enjoy reading posts about books and recommendations as well. Now I feel like I need to write more about books!

amazey said...

I love the Sookie Stackhouse series too. I never did watch the show on tv but just seeing the previews and clips, I am not a fan. I was going to tell you about the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton but there are some pretty graphic intimate scenes in her books especially the later ones. The first couple books in the series are not bad though.

Layne Stalvey said...

I'll look into Anita Blake...would you say more graphic than Sookie? I can handle adult, I just don't like to venture into unnecessarily raunchy. My girlfriend got Dead Reckoning today and already finished it, said it was great! I was sad to hear that next year's book will be the last in the series. Emily, PLEASE post about books, it will give me more ideas.