So, last time I posted about books, I had just started Lev Grossman's The Magicians. I liked it so much, that after finishing it, I read the sequel -- The Magician King. If you have read Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling -- check out these books. They reference the authors I just mentioned in fun ways and are reminiscent of their works. We warned -- these are not for young children. There is lots of drinking, some sex and other grown up things. I'm eagerly awaiting the 3rd book in this trilogy(?).
After that, I stuck with the magic theme and read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This was an absolutely wonderful book -- a sort of magical love story set primarily in a unusual circus (more sideshow-esque really).
Having seen my first trailer for the Hunger Games movie which is coming out quite soon, I quickly re-read the entire Hunger Games Trilogy. Just as good as the first time. I love these books for their lack of black and white. I think they would be a great read for teens (keep in mind, these have a lot of death in them) -- much better than the Twilight books, which I have also read and found to be anti-feminist in a disturbing way.
Room by Emma Donoghue was next as my library *finally* had it on the shelf. You may have heard about this book which is about a woman who is kidnapped and forced to live (and be a sex slave, basically) in a shed. She has a son during her confinement and it is him -- at 5 years of age -- that narrates the story. This voice was off-putting at first, but I quickly became so enggaed in the story, that I didn't even notice it. Excellent book.
And now, I've started Swamplandia! Which I had hoped would suck me in as Room had, but I'm feeling lukewarm about it after reading about 1/4 of it.