Monthly Archives: May 2013

Armchair BEA: Nonfiction Ups & Mostly Downs

So, nonfiction and I aren’t best friends. Sadly there isn’t even a section for it on my blog because it’s only once every few years I find one that I actually want/force myself to read. For me reading is an escape, so when I go to pick out a book to read I almost always pick up the nonfiction book…look at it…think “I should really read this,” then put it back down and grab something about dragons.

There have been a few nonfiction books I’ve really enjoyed, which does give me hope for others.  (Two of them I read thinking there were fiction, so I was baffled when I realized they were nonfiction and I actually liked them.)

So Far from the Bamboo GroveThe first nonfiction book I remember reading and then re-reading multiple times as a kid was So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins. (This was a story I didn’t realize was nonfiction until this past year when I was shelving it at my library!)  I still remember parts of the story and am trying to get my younger sister to read (no such luck) but I did recently purchase a used copy so I will be giving it a re-read in the future. It is a powerful story about Korean’s and Japanese after WWII ends.  I remember being shocked and impressed with the Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dogfemale characters in the story for everything they had to survive through.

Another nonfiction I enjoyed (but didn’t realize was nonfiction until after I finished) was Marley and Me by John Grogan.  This one actually brought me back into reading my freshmen year of college.  It was one of those books I was excited to come home to and read at night. (And yes, the book is better.)

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank FamilyThe most recent nonfiction book I’ve read was Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Familiy by Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold.  I guess I also adore The Diary of Anne Frank, which is one read by most, but this story was so intriguing because it was told by Miep! The lady who helped hide the Franks.  I listened to this book on audio and will probably give it another listen someday, because it was amazing (I am fascinated by how people lived during WWII).

I did also try listening to the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it bored me to tears. I was really excited about it, but just couldn’t stick it out.

So do you have any nonfiction-that-read-like-fiction recommendations for me? I’d love to expand my horizons!

Armchair BEA: Giveaway!

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The Ashford AffairSo it’s giveaway day on Armchair BEA…yay!!! And if you’ve been on my blog before you probably know that I think Lauren Willig is amazing.  Soo, I’m going to be giving away a copy of her latest standalone book, The Ashford Affair. (Check out my review here.) Willig is a super awesome author. She’s great to her readers (she sent me a Christmas card with a book plate a few years ago when I e-mailed her about not being able to make it to any of her book signings because I live in the middle of nowhere!)and she writes amazing books : ) Plus I was so excited about this book coming out I accidentally bought 3 copies without realizing it, but now one of you will be lucky enough to win one!

Rules:

  • Must be over 16 years old.
  • Must live in the US or Canada.
  • A winner will be chosen at random on June 3rd and I will notify the winner by e-mail.  Please respond to the e-mail within 48 hours so I don’t have to choose another winner 🙂

Despite the fact Rafflecopter doesn’t easily work with WordPress blogs…I’m using it anyways because I like it. So if you click on the link below where it says “Enter Here” a new page will just open with a Rafflecopter entry form to fill out. Good Luck!

Congratulations to the BookAttict on snagging The Ashford Affair!  Thank you to all who participated !!

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Author Interview with the Wonderful Nancy Klann-Moren

A while back I posted a review of a wonderful book called the The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren.   And Nancy was nice enough to give us an interview with some insight into who she is, her books, and her writing process!  (Plus, she also recently found out that the The Clock of Life is a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Awards! Exciting : ) So check out this interview with the wonderful Nancy Klann-Moren:

First let us get to know you : ) Tell us a little bit about who you are.

Over the years I’ve had two husbands, two sons, 5 grand kids, and a whole mess of cats.

I learned to handicap the ponies and take no prisoners at the poker table, from my bookie Grandpa.  On my eleventh birthday Gramps took me to the track, where I ate my first pastrami sandwich and then picked the daily double, to win $657.

I love the folds on the legs of toddlers, a great shower head, convertibles, a 75% off sale, the chatter of morning birds, the Basque country, cheeseburgers, long, long walks along the ocean shore, and the taxi drivers in France―really.

I make primitive wall hangings from found objects collected on walks.  I gather pods and seeds from trees, and pieces of driftwood, and the occasional palm cloth.

I love to make up stories and have been writing fiction for over 15 years.

How did you come with your idea for the book The Clock of Life in particular?

Similar to a novel I’m working on now, The Clock Of Life began as a short story of about 4,000 words.  It deals with friendship, and also bigotry.

One morning while in a workshop at The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, I read my short story. When I finished, the instructor, Sid Stebel, asked what I was doing for the next couple years, because, “What you have written isn’t a short story, it’s a novel.” Because of the weight of the subject matter, I took up the challenge.

The idea of human inequality and how it comes to be has always been a concept I’m unable to understand, so the foundation of that aspect of the book was more emotional than cerebral.  And, it has always been hard for me to stomach the politics of why we went into Vietnam (and most wars since.)  Looking back at those times in our history, it’s clear to me our American protests changed the status quo.

There was a lot of research involved, but I had a ball weaving these two chapters of our history, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, throughout the novel.

Do you have any favorite times or places to write?

I write on the computer, in my office.  The first and most difficult step is sitting my butt in the chair and giving my writing a higher priority than, oh, everything else.  I don’t write in coffee shops, or public places, and I don’t have a musical playlist to write to because I prefer silence.  I “see” the scenes in my head, and “hear” the voices during the conversations.  For me, outside noise gets in the way of the process.

This is a question I have personally, but others may have too (hopefully it’s not just me); when you write have you already fully created your characters (like their whole history, personality, etc.) or do they develop it as you write? You had amazing characters in The Clock of Life, so I’m curious as to what your process was.

As I said before, The Clock Of Life was originally a short story.  In writing that, most of the character’s personalities evolved organically.  I imagined them as if I was watching a film, and they did indeed develop as I wrote.

When I began the novel I already had a relationship with most of them, with the exception of Jason Lee’s father.  Since he died in Vietnam before the tale begins, in the early chapters his life’s story is conveyed by others.  By the time I got to chapter 19, (when Jason Lee finds his father’s journal from March 1965, when he went to Selma to take part in the Right-to-Vote march from Selma to Montgomery) I realized I didn’t really understand the man.  The major events were there, but the chapter read more like a history lesson than a personal journal.

So, I worked up a character study.  In doing so I found out a lot about his personality.  While being kind and compassionate, at the same time he was hot-tempered, impatient, and he was extremely fond of the word douchebag.  I discovered why he felt the way he did about civil rights, and was able to use that later in the book.  That freed me up to write the journal entries with his unique voice and persona.

 I know you have a book of short stories out called Like the Flies on the Patio, tell us a little about that.

Thanks for asking about that.  I started writing short stories as a creative outlet while on long plane rides traveling for my work in advertising and marketing. I love the discipline, with its economy of words.  There’s a magical element about peeling the layers and exploring the characters motives, their decency, and their struggle to make sense of the turns their lives have taken.  Most of the stories in this collection revolve around friendships, real or imagined.  The protagonists and narrators have distinctive voices that are tragic, funny, and poignant at the same time.

 Do you have any other books or stories that you are currently working on?

Yes.  It also started out as a short story.  Without giving away too much, the premise is loosely based on the time a friend and I found an old diary, and went to find the person who wrote it.  This novel takes two women on a cross country road trip.  Their names are not Thelma and Louise, but I’m hoping their story will be just as memorable.

Who are some of your favorite authors to read? Are there any who inspired you?

Ray Bradbury, Flannary O’Connor, Pat Conroy, Susan Cisneros

From these skilled pros I learned that writing can be playful.  I’m drawn to the rhythms throughout their work.  For me, they transform writing from the craft of storytelling, to fine art.

Do you have any advice for new writers out there?

Getting advice on how I should write never worked very well for me because my process is more organic than structured or disciplined. The two things I can say for sure are, don’t give up, and don’t let others make you doubt yourself (or if they do, shake it off fast and get back to your project.) Keep going no matter how long it takes, because it’s the only way it will happen.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes.  Readers hold the key to any writer’s heart.  Readers are our raison d’être, and I am particularly grateful to everyone who has expressed appreciation for my efforts.

Check out Nancy’s website here and my review of The Clock of Life here.

 

 

Armchair BEA: Blogger Development and Genre Fiction Discovery !

So, I’m relatively new to the whole blogging show, but so far (I think anywho) it’s been going great! At least it’s a TON of fun which I think is what matters the most.  If you’re not having fun while you’re blogging, your blog will suffer.  I love coming home and getting to write about books (after a day at work filled with only getting to look at them and sometimes, when I’m lucky, recommend them!).  It’s also so cool when people and publishers contact you to help promote something of theirs or want you to review one of their books…and others respond to it after it’s posted! (It makes me feel special and happy…I’m easily amused : )

I guess to try and develop my blog my first step was to (of course since I’m a librarian) check out as many books as I could find on blogging and go from there.  But after that I was on my own, so here are the top 5 things I’ve learned as I’ve started (starting) to develop my blog :

  •     Write in the style you’re comfortable with.

Then you’ll develop your own unique style.  Whether that be formal and structured or more laid back with your personality at the heart of it.

  •      Visit others blogs and Interact!

It’s so important to go and see who else is out there and what is being talked about.  You’ll discover hot meme’s, topics, different ways to post or format your layout. Plus, you get to meet so many awesome people!

  •       Make time for blogging.

Blogging is time consuming. So sometimes you just gotta make the time to do it.  And sometimes you gotta take a break too and not feel bad about it.  Planning would probably come in handy here, but I haven’t gotten that far yet…

  •       Don’t get discouraged!

Sometimes you’ll write posts that aren’t as popular as others and that’s okay.  Just move on.

  •      Connect via social media and other great sites.

All my posts go directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Some of them I also Pin to Pinterest.  Plus I’ve also started discovering other outlets to connect with too like Bloglovin and Blognation.

Now onto genre fiction….

 I love a mix of genres, some more than others, and some I have no love for (respect yes, just not love).

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)I like to read a mix of YA and adult fantasy and paranormal, historical fiction, book club books, and then just some random ones I find with cool looking covers.  The only things I don’t like to read are hardcore romances, westerns, most Christian fiction, and most of the books where the author’s name is larger than the actual title.

 I am drawn to dragons, magic, and mythical creatures in the fantasy genre. Books like Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, Sage’s Septimus Heap Magyk series, and the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia.

 GiltIn the historical fiction genre I zone in on WWII, the Underground Railroad, and English History. My favorites are; Gilt by Katherine Longshore, The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen, the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

 Check out one of my earlier Top Ten Tuesday’s on words or topics that make me instantly make me pick up a book for some more recommendations on books in these genres : )

What are some ways you’ve developed your log? What are some of your favorite genres or books within your favorite genres?

Armchair BookExpo America! Introductions : )

Design credit: Emily of Emily’s Reading Room

So I saw this over on Turn the Page Reviews and Pages Unbound and I just had to join in on the fun! This is for all of us who can’t make it to BookExpo America (BEA), but want to do something fun anywho. Today is for introductions!

1.  Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 

Hello! I’m Steph and I’ve been blogging for about 3 months now.  I started blogging because even though I work in a library sometimes it isn’t possible to share your real opinions about books with everyone nor is it possible to meet people with the same taste or enthusiasm in them.  And now since I work in such a small town at such a tiny library, I work alone for the most part so there’s really no co-workers to discuss books with either.  So I started blogging to connect with others who share the same love and joy and to be able to really share my true feelings about the books I read.

2.  Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 

It’s my 24th birthday today! And I’m marrying a DJ even though I don’t dance : )

3.  If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 

Hmm…well I’ll be obvious and say J.K. Rowling.  There is so much she could teach you! It would be incredible to spend time with her even if it was just dinner. I love her : )

4.  What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

I love connecting with people you would never meet or talk to otherwise.  Plus you get to share your real opinions without feeling bad about it or getting judged for it. It’s so fun!

5.  What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 

Well, this is kinda cheating because I’ve already visited it, but I would like to visit it again; The British Library.   It is wonderful! I spent hours there looking around at some of the amazing treasures they had on display and could spend sooo much longer there! (Here are some of my notes from visiting: “We saw a bunch of original manuscripts and papers written by Lewis Carrol, Jane Austen, The Beatles, Sylvia Plath (pretty handwriting), (possibly) Shakespeare, Wordsworth (messy writing, which surprised me), Chalotte Bronte (elegant).  We also saw the Magna Carta (not that cool), the Gutenberg Bible, tons of illuminated works, and some of Freud’s and DaVinci’s own handwritten notes.”) If you’re ever in London you NEED to visit the British Library.

So  now you know a little more about me! Let me know if you’re participating too!

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes From Books I’ve Read!

Top Ten Quotes From Books I’ve Read Thus Far

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

I love finding quotes worth saving and remembering within books.  It’s like finding buried treasure.  Every time you recall the quote it’ll bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye for some reason or other. And they can mean completely different things to everyone. It’s wonderful! So here are 10 of my favorite quotes (not all of them of course… I don’t really have a ranking system and they speak to me differently at different times):

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo

People say strange things, the boy thought.  Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything.  And better still to be alone with one’s books.  They tell their incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them.  But when you’re talking to people they say some things that are so strange that you don’t know how to continue the conversation.

The Invention of Hugo CabretThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

 “Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason?” he asked Isabelle.  “They are built to make you laugh, like the mouse here, or tell the time, like clocks, or to fill you with wonder, like the automaton.  Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do.

“You know, machines never have any extra parts.  They have the exact same number and type of parts they need.  So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason.  And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

   …and never forget that until the day when God deigns to unveil the future to mankind, all human wisdom is contained in these two words: ‘wait’ and ‘hope’.

Mansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen

It was a gloomy prospect, and all that she could do was to throw a mist over it, and hope when the mist cleared away, she could see something else.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne CollinsGregor the Overlander by Suzanne  Collins 

Even if times got bad, he would never again deny himself the possibility that the future might be happy even if the present was painful. He would allow himself dreams.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.

Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

You get older and you learn there is one sentence just four worlds long and if you can say it to yourself it offers more comfort than almost any other. It goes like this… Ready ” “Ready.” “At least I tried.”

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

“Do I have to talk to insane people?”
“You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.”

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

Stacking the Shelves! June Edition

[STSmall%255B4%255D.png]Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

So this is my first time participating in this meme. I’ve seen it all over so figured I’d give it a try since I have sooo many books I’ve recently acquired : ) This is my “intended” June reading list. Of course there will be a whole slug of junior fiction in there too with trying to figure out what in the world to do for upcoming kid’s book clubs in the fall (if you have any great suggestions send ‘em my way!)

The Storm Protocol    And the Mountains Echoed    The Fairest of Them All  

The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove

I received this copy from the author and I’m very excited to dive into it. Click on the title to see the description on Amazon.com.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseni

I’ve waited years for another book from Hosseni to come out…and it’s here! It’s finally here!

The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

Since I’m really into fairy tales, I was really excited when I was able to get this one through NetGalley.

Rose Under Fire   Stoker's Manuscript   Fearless

Rose Under Fire by Elisabeth Wein

Okay, I know I haven’t read Code Name Verity yet, but it is sitting on my shelf. And I do know I’m going to love it and this book looks just as good! Again thank you NetGalley….

Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty

I got this one through LibraryThing Early Reviewers and I’m really excited to read it. I’ve been looking for something kinda like Kostova’s The Historian for a looong time now…

Fearless by Cornelia Funke

A sequel from one of my favorite authors ever!

The Golem and the Jinni   Pure (Pure, #1)   Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)

The Golem and the Jinni

I loved the title and the cover is super cool.  No idea what it is about, but I checked it out based on those facts so we will see.

Pure by Julianna Baggot

I hear this is amazing, but it hasn’t been super popular at the library, so I want to read it so I can (hopefully) recommend it to dystopian fans.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Another sequel, but I’m afraid to read it until I have the third one in hand too…

House of Secrets (House of Secrets, #1)   Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer…

House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

Chris Columbus directed Harry Potter. It’s gotta be good, right?

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

I’m fascinated by this time period and the author is popular with my patrons, but I would not read any of her other books. So hopefully I’ll see what all the “rage” is about…

So I have a TON to read in June…but I am very excited about each and every one of them!

Are you reading any on my list? If not what are you reading this coming month??

Pumpkin Decorating Palooza! A Family Library Program

So I’m stealing this post from my old blog and posting it here now, in May, because if anyone else is like me, planning fall events has already started even before Summer Reading Program Kick-Off happens.  And this was such a fun program that was a huge hit, I just thought I would share : )

 This past October I really wanted to have a pumpkin decorating contest throughout the month to add some fun decorations around the library and get more people into the library who might not have stopped in before.  I was kinda stuck on how to get people to actually birng in their own pumpkins though.  Soo…I decided to have a Pumpkin Decorating Palooza!

I was worried it would be too spendy for my limited budget, but it really wasn’t considering most of the supplies were just random stuff I found in my craft cabinet. And I found these great little fake pumpkins at the dollar store!  The program ended up being a huge hit and it will most likely become an annual event.

 

Supplies Needed:

– Fake Pumpkins (Dollar Store)

– Paint and Paintbrushes

– Glue

– Mod Podge

– Misc. Decorating Supplies:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Google Eyes
  • Mesh fabric
  • Paper crowns
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Old book pages
  • and whatever random crafty things you have…

– Old newspapers (to cover tables)

Here’s What Went Down:

First I gathered all of my supplies and began to cover all of the tables in newspaper.  (I did enlist some help from teens to get all of the tables covered 😉

Then I stocked up a table and designated it the “Supply Table”.

Then I got all of the pumpkins out and waited for people to come!

Thankfully I had a couple volunteers to help with handing out the pumpkins and helping kids pick out supplies!  When people started coming in we gave them each a pumpkin and told them to be as creative as they could be. We also said that if they wanted paint to tell us which color and we would pour some on the paper next to them which turned out to be a great idea! They didn’t get the paint everywhere and everyone was able to see all of the colors.

This was a super easy program as almost every child had a parent come with them and the kids didn’t need much direction when it came to decorating.  And I had so much fun seeing what these kids came up with!

Once the deocrating had commenced (and all of my pumpkins were taken!)  I told everyone that they could take their pumpkin home or they could leave it at the library for people to vote on throughout the month and they could win a prize from the local bakery (that got their attention!).

The cleanup was a breeze too.  I got rid of a ton of old craft supplies and the tables cleaned up just by taking off the newspapers.

Plus I got a ton of pumpkins to put in the library (and I heard someone say “Who’d have thought we could do this at a library?”  Made my day :)!  Now people keep asking if they can bring in their own pumpkins, which is just what I wanted!

Overall, a big success and hopefully I can repeat it next year! I think I will try asking locals for donations of real pumpkins too for painting and decorating purposes to cut down on costs.

Top Ten (couple days late) Thursday! Favorite Covers of Books I’ve Read

I judge books by their covers.  If I don’t know the author, the cover is extremely important along with the title of course.  Since I love how much a great cover can do for books, I really didn’t want to miss out on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday so I’ve made it Top Ten Thursday : )Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. So here are my top ten favorite covers of books I’ve read:

The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1)

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

 I pre-ordered this book solely based on the cover and fell in love with the magical series.

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)

Magyk by Angie Sage

 I only picked this book up because of the cover and the series is amazing too.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

There are many different covers for this book, but I LOVE the one I got. If you have all three in the series with this cover and put them together they make a cool pattern too.Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

 Purple is my favorite color and the detail on the cover picture is sooo pretty.

The Aviary Gate

Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman

 Bought this book purely because of the beautiful cover when I was visiting Hay on Wye in Wales (one of the coolest towns ever btw!)

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 Don’t like circuses, but this cover is by far one of my favorite covers of all time.  Gorgeous and I would totally go to that circus!

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Another series I read purely based on the cover and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Apothecary

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

I entered a giveaway for this one based on the cover and it is a super neat story.  The sequel is coming out in the next few months and I can NOT wait for it!

Museum of Thieves (The Keepers, #1)

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner

Picked this one up while shelving because of how interesting the cover looked.  An adventure waiting to happen…and it sure was!

Cinder (Crónicas lunares, #1)

Italian version of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 I want to own this version of Cinder soooo bad even if I can’t read it because the cover is sooo incredible.

Smitten with Dan Brown: Review of Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

Inferno #4
Dan Brown
Adult Fiction
Rating 5

So I’ve been away from my computer for days…My excuse; Dan Brown (and Summer Reading Program madness blurgh :S ).  I know a lot of people are giving horrible reviews of this book, but, honestly, I loved it.  Dan Brown is one of the few popular “niche” writers I enjoy reading. Sure his writing is pretty formulaic and you can tell it is definitely a “Dan Brown book,” but they are fun and I find them to be interesting because of how they make me think about the world while I’m reading them. Yes, I know the ideas in his books take real facts and then put them into extraordinary circumstances, but having books based in facts is a cool idea.  (I love researching the facts in his books just to “double-check” them and see what really is out there.) Plus, the descriptions in a few of his books, especially the Langdon series, make me add places to my “Need to Travel to List” (Paris, Turkey, Italy…the list is never-ending).   Ok, enough defending Dan Brown, he is far richer than me so I don’t feel too bad for him I just don’t want people thinking this book is terrible just because some people want to rant about how horrible it is he has another book out.

Anywho,  Inferno was far better than the last book in the series, Lost Symbol , which I quite honestly detested (mainly for one reason which I won’t state here because it is a major spoiler).  Inferno centers around Dante and his famous work The Divine Comedy, a madman with an overzealous belief in overpopulation, and some very interesting characters.  Having never read the entire Divine Comedy (and not liking what I tried to read in college a few years ago) I was skeptical of this one, but a thorough understanding of Dante and Hell is not necessary as Brown, of course, provides plenty of facts about the writer, the literature, the time period, and all kinds of other fun stuff.  The story moves along quickly like all of Brown’s other novels, making it hard to find a place to stop reading for the night.  Plus, having read all of Dan Brown’s other books before, I honestly did not guess the ending to this one!

So, yes I do admit to enjoying Dan Brown books : )

Did you like this book? Are you a fan of Dan Brown?  Are there any formulaic or niche writer’s you enjoy reading?

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