Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Monday

It's Monday.  I woke up with a headache.  It's been raining and overcast for going on two weeks now.  You know what I want?  A big mug of hot chocolate, a window seat with lots of cushions, and a warm, fuzzy blanket.  Oh, and a book.  Or, like, twelve of them.

Sadly, the only things on my docket today revolve around running errands and going to the Post Office.  (Cue sobbing and the ripping out of hair.)  (Also, doesn't docket sound much cooler than to do list?  Docket rhymes with rocket, but to do rhymes with...ahem, moving on.)  But there's no reason YOU can't curl up with a good book.  To that end, taa-daa!  Suggestions.  And, in honor of Halloween, they are all supernatural and/or filled with Things You Could Dress Up As.  Some are almost as scary as Lady Gaga, even.

Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins.  Witches! Vampires! Demons! Snarky, sarcastic narrator! Sophie and Evie would totally sit at the same table at lunch.

The Mermaid's Mirror, by L.K. Madigan.  Umm, MERMAIDS.  Pretty, haunting mermaids, with a fascinating mythology and an examination of what family means and how we are tied to those around us.  Also, kissing.

Nightshade, by Andrea Cremer.  Although I've never been too into werewolves, Andrea creates an entirely new mythology.  The pack dynamics as translated to high school cliques was especially intriguing and well done.  Plus, you know, a strong heroine and two hot guys.  What's not to like?

Zombies Vs Unicorns, by a whole bunch of people.  I really enjoy short stories but find most anthologies to be hit and miss.  The short story form is very hard to get right.  I'm nearly done with this one and every single author got it right.  Meg Cabot's in particular made me laugh out loud, but I always love some creepy Carrie Ryan and quirky Maureen Johnson, too.

(Umm, I'm not saying Carrie Ryan herself is creepy.  She's freaking awesome and one of my favorites.)

Speaking of, I also recommend The Forest of Hands and Teeth and its sequel, The Dead Tossed Waves, by Carrie Ryan.  Apparently she has nightmares that she's back at her old job doing lawyerly things.  I'm so glad she's writing instead, giving the rest of us zombie horde nightmares.

The Replacement, by Brenna Yovanoff.  I loved her interpretation of the fey, and this moody, melancholy book.  You could almost feel the gray days and the dripping, seeping, soaking water through the pages.

And finally, White Cat, by Holly Black.  Magic noir, complete with crime families who can change you with a single touch.  What gangster story wouldn't be better with a touch of magic?

So, there you go.  Enjoy.  And if any of you have a creamy yellow room with dark wood bookshelves and a well-cushioned window seat overlooking a rainy, foggy, green-filled landscape, please for the love call me and let me borrow it.

17 comments:

Mundie Moms said...

*hands you a book of books with a mug of hot chocolate*

If you really don't want to go to the post office, I don't mind driving you as you know how well my sense of direction is. You can probably read the whole box of books I've handed you by the time I finally get you there, and they will probably be closed. At least you can't say you didn't try. HAHAHA

I LOVE the list of books and totally agree. Now you've got me wanting to sit in a huge window seat w/ my stack of books, and hot cocoa.

Leigh said...

Hey Kiersten. I have all of the required elements though I'm seriously lacking in dark wood, would painted cream do? Loads of cushions, windowseat. Greenery and foggy day I can give you an abundence, along with loads of all your very favourite books... including your own. Enjoy that trip to the post office though, sounds a blast.

Emi said...

I don't think anything could be as scary as Lady Gaga. Ever. But that doesn't mean the books can't try!

I have Zombies vs. Unicorns waiting on my shelf to be read, and I can't wait to get to it. I couldn't think of a better combination of creatures, now that the whole vampires vs. werewolves thing has been done and *ducks from raging fans* overcooked. I'm happy to see that you've recommended it. I'll have to check out the other books too! Though, I just finished reading Paranormalcy, and that was like the perfect October read. :)

I hope you get to drink that mug of hot chocolate. I could really go for one right now as well. It's all rainy outside and awful for being productive.

Sara B. Larson said...

All awesome books (the ones I've read anyway, which are most of them). Wish I could curl up with a book, too. Unfortunately I have a docket just about like yours today. Is that the right way to use that word? Oh well, something like that. ;)

Colene Murphy said...

Would love to curl up with a book and a blanket (and follow it up with a nice nap perhaps) But I, like you, have things to do.

Hope you get your errands done with enough time to relax!

Jessica said...

Great suggested book list! I've read almost all of them already and enjoyed each and every one. I hope you get to put your feet up with a good book soon!!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

"Some are almost as scary as Lady Gaga, even." LOL She is scary! :)

Kelsey said...

Awesome recommendations! I agree about Nightshade and most of the others are in my TBR :)

Christine said...

Are window seats actually comfy? I am redoing our "book nook" and am considering removing the loveseat and replacing it with a window seat! Just want a cozy, COMFY space to curl up and read to myself and my kidlets!

Flur said...

You are mocking me by listing books I want to read even though you telepathically know I have a pile of pchem homework waiting for me. It would be so nice to take some time and read... and really this homework should only take 6-8 hours and it isn't due until 9am tomorrow... and sleep is so overrated.

I do not posses this room you mention since I live in a dorm room, but I do have a tub of chocolate ice cream in the freezer and that's really all I need. :)

Abby Minard said...

Oh, I totally still need to read Zombies Vs Unicorns!

And that room sounds wonderful- I'll join you once you find one.

gracie said...

Hi!
I just finished Paranormalcy like 2 seconds ago and wanted to say it was FANTASTIC!!!!!!! I am an addict when it comes to all things supernatural. Let me tell you writing is definitely your forte! This book was so unbelievable refreshing to read. Your book just hit number one on my list of all time favs. Cannot wait for a sequel!

Kristyn M- THE OSU

Ishta Mercurio said...

Great book list! i picked up THE REPLACEMENT at the bookstore a while ago and was really impressed by the beginning. I also must get to reading HEX HALL sometime soon...

Re: your ideal window seat, you need to get yourself to Scotland. Edinburgh has an abundance of window seats like that. Seriously. You'd love it. (I miss Edinburgh...*sniff*)

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Well, now how am I supposed to decide? Too many choices at once! :-)

Regina said...

Thank you for all of those wonderful suggestions for reading. I put away five books over the weekend. They were all fabulous. Now I have more to look forward to.

gracie said...

I just bought Nightshade on my nook last night and am LOVING it! I am completely enthralled with this book! I look up book number two and was sooo sad when I realized that it doesn't come out until JULY! I love series, but I am not very patient when it comes to waiting for the sequel. Oh well, time to start an new book. Hmm which one next??? Hex Hall seems good!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great recommendations. I've either read or want to read all of them. Thanks.