What Are You Reading This Spring?

itsmondayTime to join in again for the Book Journey meme, “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”

I finished reading and reviewing Les Miserables, which was quite the long haul.  Read the review(s!) here: Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

I read and enjoyed the other books on my previous list, with reviews coming up in the next week.  I’ll have Scarlet up tomorrow.  (Addendum: It’s up now!)

Right now I’m in the middle of My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, because I love her most famous book, Rebecca.  I first heard about this one years ago, and thought I didn’t want to read it because it was too much like Rebecca–another mysterious woman who may be good or may be monstrous, though in this case it’s her husband who died under mysterious circumstances.  So I put that one at the back of my mind and read three other, very different, books by du Maurier…and didn’t find them to be all that good.  Yet I’m convinced by Rebecca that du Maurier is absolutely brilliant!  And thus I’m deciding that maybe it makes sense after all to read her most Rebecca-like other book.  So far, I’m liking it better than the others!

Spring BooksAfter this one, I have a big stack of fantasy I’m eager to jump into.  The Once Upon a Time “challenge” runs every spring, and I may just start in on the fantasy a few days early.  I have a number of rereads piled up, but I want to take a new perspective on them: Chalice by Robin McKinley, because I want to look at it as a Beauty and the Beast retelling; Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, because it was only the second “12 Dancing Princesses” story I ever read, and now I’ve read eight or ten, and written one; The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien which I haven’t read since I was maybe twelve.  And I am vowing and swearing to read Lord of the Rings this spring, and The Hobbit seems like good gateway-Tolkien.

And last, I have been meaning to read Good Omens pretty much forever.  Because, I mean, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman!

I’ll let you know how it goes.  🙂  Happy Spring and Happy Reading this week!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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14 Responses to What Are You Reading This Spring?

  1. Great choices of books on your TBR. I really hope you enjoy your re-read of The Hobbit which is still one of my all time favourite books 🙂

  2. Shandy says:

    I’ve never been interested in reading Tolkien. Good Luck on the challenges.
    What I’m reading

  3. I love du Maurier’s books…haven’t read any in awhile, but bought a copy of Rebecca and Jamaica Inn for a reread. Hope you love My Cousin Rachel…I remember enjoying it, and also the movie with Joanne Woodward. An old movie, obviously.

    Here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  4. Heather says:

    I love Good Omens. I’m looking forward to reading Scarlet too.

  5. therelentlessreader says:

    I can’t wait to finally sink my teeth into Les Mis. I plan on doing that at some point in 2013. 🙂 I’m not sure exactly when but it will be happening 🙂 Have a fantastic week of reading!

  6. Malin says:

    Wooow, I would love to read Les Miserables but it’s just too long..

    • That’s what I thought too, but it’s worth the time, and reads faster than you might expect. You could always look at it like a five-book series and spread it out–each of the five Volumes is somewhat self-contained.

  7. dianem57 says:

    Still reading “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People” and “First Things First” by Stephen Covey, because they’re more self-help books than ones you just read straight through. Also reading, “The Aviator’s Wife,” by Melanie Benjamin, a novel imagining the marriage between Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh. So far, it’s very good and seems quite accurate to the historical details.

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