As usual for me, I've got several books going at the moment. So I'll just do a little list.
- The Dark Half. Stephen King
Reading for the RIP V Challenge. I chose it because it's perfect for the challenge, and it's been a long time since I've read anything by Stephen King. Also because I recently saw the movie made from the book, and wanted to see how similar they were. I'm only about halfway through it, and I'm enjoying it, with reservations. King can be a mesmerizing story-teller, but some of the book is a little intense even for someone like me who loves thrillers and scary tales. I actually had nightmares last night, after reading the book at bedtime. So I'd recommend it, but it should probably come with a warning label attached.
- Cards on the Table. Agatha Christie
Also reading for the RIP V Challenge. Also chosen because it's been quite a while since I read anything by the author (who is one of my favorites). I wanted to read something by Christie for RIP/V, and I chose this one because it features (in addition to its star, Hercule Poirot) Mrs. Ariadne Oliver (my favorite Christie character). I'm planning to read (or reread) all the novels with Ariadne appearing in them, and I believe this was the first. I'm enjoying it enormously and I probably would have finished it long ago if I hadn't been seduced by Stephen King. And of course I'd recommend it. How can you go wrong with Agatha Christie?
- The House Next Door. Anne Rivers Siddons
And one more for the RIP V (I love this reading challenge). Also a book chosen because I had seen the movie recently and even though it wasn't great, the story seemed very intriguing. And I had never read anything by Siddons, so I thought this might be a good time to try one of her books (although this one is very different from her usual output). I've only read a couple of chapters, but I'm enjoying it so far. But I'll have to wait until I'm done with it to know if I'd recommend it.
- Juliet. Anne Fortier
This is an advance copy, which I actually received before the book was released. I think it's been out for a couple of months now, so I've sort of missed the boat on this one. It hasn't dazzled me as much as I was expecting it to, but I'm enjoying it enough to keep going. It's a bit of a chunkster, though; so it might take me a while to finish. Again, I'll wait until I'm a little further along before I do any recommending.