Archive for December, 2009

Tis the Season

Posted in Well-Spun Tales on December 5, 2009 by Lizzie

With Christmas rapidly approaching (and my birthday for that matter), I keep getting hounded to produce a list of things I want to find, neatly wrapped in reds and greens, under the tree on the morning of December 25th.  So I began my morning with a mug of blueberry cobbler coffee and a list.  There I sat at my kitchen table, drinking more coffee than actually writing out a list of my wants and needs.  After about fifteen long minutes, I had:

1. A one way ticket to Ireland.

2. An apartment far, far away.

3. Yet again another U2 band shirt.

4. Pheonix‘s Wolfgang Amadeus CD

5. Hmmm . . .

Needless to say, I don’t need twenty copies of the same CD, so unless I think up a few more items to clothe my now naked list, I will be stuck with just that.  And maybe a few sweaters that I will never end up wearing.  Thus begins my search for the most promising reads.

1. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

2. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

3. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

4. A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein

5. The Deportees by Roddy Doyle

6. The Murder Room by P.D. James

7. Waterland by Graham Swift

8. 101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes by Stacey J. Miller (Did you seriously think I’d be able to overlook a book that claims a little cake in just a few minutes?)

9. A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth’s Castle by Liza Campbell

10. The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lycett

Any books on your wish list this season?

Awaiting January

Posted in Well-Spun Tales on December 5, 2009 by Lizzie

Every writer knows that reading enriches writing, and even if that fact were not true, it would still be a great excuse to forget the dishes and escape in a book.  I first discovered Elizabeth Kostova‘s The Historian between waitressing shifts this summer, and I spent the next few days engrossed in the lengthy vampire narrative.  I couldn’t put it down, and I even managed to sneak in a few pages between tables at work.  One night when I got home from a particularly long and stressful night, I found that I had left the book at work, and right then and there in my kitchen, I broke down and cried.  I had to wait until my work shift the next night to continue reading.  The Historian was that good.

Now Elizabeth Kostova is finally releasing her second novel, The Swan Thieves, and I am already on the waiting list for the January release.  Her first novel mingled beautiful prose in with spell-binding history and brilliant narrative, and her new novel on French Impressionism promises to be no less intoxicating.

The Swan Thieves will be released January 12, 2010.  Check out Elizabeth Kostova’s glimpse into the upcoming novel above.

Confession

Posted in Well-Spun Tales on December 1, 2009 by Lizzie

I’ll admit it.  I’m a Redwall addict.  I planned on naming my first-born son Matthias years ago.  I could never get enough of swashbuckling buccaneers . . . especially if you add in a cast of furry woodland animals as characters the Brian Jacques way.  Nothing makes a novel like medieval abbeys and fearless warriors and seaweed grog (please reread sentence in a pirate accent for the full effect).  I first picked up Redwall in elementary school because of its enormous size (I’ve always been a fan of long, long books), and with Jacques’ 21st Redwall book, The Sable Quean, coming out in February, I’ve never had to put them down.  There’s nothing like medieval garb and grub.

Am I still allowed to enjoy young adult’s fantasy books?  Uh-huh.  Then why do people still laugh when I admit to being a Redwall junkie?  It’s just like reading Harry Potter or TwilightBut with animals. 

I don’t plan on giving up this series anytime soon.  Even if I do find myself sandwiched between two preteens in line for his latest novel.