The Book Nook: Halloween Edition

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I love to read.  I mean it, I loooove it.  As a kid I quickly ran through all of the age appropriate books (hellooo American Girl,) by around the 3rd grade and was already reading my parents books off the shelves by the age of 12. (This is probably where my shameless love of romance novels comes from, I blame you mom.)  My love for bad Nora Roberts aside, I really wanted to share with you all the books that I've been reading that are really good as I come across them in a semi-annual post, The Book Nook.

I've always been a huge fan of fantasy fiction, with some of my favorites being series such as Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and of course Harry Potter.  Knowing my love of these epic sagas, I recently received a little gift in the mail from Mr. B containing one of his favorite books, The Magicians, by Lev Grossman.  (So nice, right?!)  He'd described the book as an 'adult Harry Potter,' and while I was a bit skeptical, (really who can top Harry?)  I was eager to dig into the book, and I'm so glad! 
The Magicians is narrated by Quentin Coldwater, a gifted high school senior who has secretly carried on his childhood obsession with a book series about 5 children who travel to the magical land of Filleroy. Quentin struggles with the feeling that there is something missing from his life in Brooklyn, (which cannot live up to his dream fantasy world of Filleroy,) when he is abruptly admitted into an exclusive magical college (Brakebills,)  in up-state New York, where he learns that there is more to magic than simple spells and flicks of wands, in reality it's very difficult, time consuming, and even at times, a little boring...

I can't say enough how much I'm enjoying this book. As adults, we see Quentin and friends struggling with drugs and alcohol, sex, and actually applying magic in a meaningful way once they have graduated.  If you've ever wondered what the dark side of Hogwarts might have entailed, this book may be the answer.

Beings as it's Halloween, I also couldn't help but reminisce about some of my favorite scary books that I read as a child as well, such as Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, (remember The Red Ribbon about the girl with the ribbon tied around her neck, or the Hook where the couple keeps hearing a scratching noise on the roof ?  So scary!)  And who can forgot the Goosebumps and Fear Street series by R.L. Stine?  I loved Deep Trouble (probably plays into my love of Shark Week,) and The Wrong Number
The Dainty Squid's Palahniuk collection, isn't it wonderful?

Finally, I have to share with you all that one of my favorite authors, Chuck Palahniuk, (of Choke and Fight Club fame,) has recently released his newest book, Damned!  Check out the review from The Dainty Squid, she had the book sent to her early to review, the lucky duck!  It looks like a great Halloween read and I can't wait to pick it up. 

Have you read The Magicians, or the sequel The Magician King?  What are some of your favorite scary stories/books? 

2 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to read the Magician. You forgot magical realism!!!

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