Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What I'm Reading

Currently reading: the host by Stephenie Meyer and Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster

I know, I know, it's terrible to read more than one book at a time. I never do it! But Lost in Austen was ready to be picked up at the library and I just took a peek...

The subtitle of Lost in Austen is Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure. It's a "choose your own adventure" book! Remember them? I do, I was at school when they first came out, and really captured the imagination of my friends and I. We used to write our own romantic versions on scraps of paper and distribute them during boring classes. We'd write up until an important decision had to be made, then let the reader tick the box that corresponded to their choice. (eg Tick here [ ] if Jessica wears her blue bikini to the pool party and here [ ] if she chooses her pink one piece swimsuit.) The reader would pass back the paper with their decision, then we'd write the next part of the story according to whichever decision they had made! (It's a wonder we learnt anything at school!)
From inside the book:
How to Play
This book is no ordinary book, and should not be read through from beginning to end. It contains many different adventures, and the path you take will depend on the choices you make along the way...your success will also depend on how well you do in the following five categories:your Accomplishments, Intelligence, Confidence, Connections and Fortune (which could mean either luck or money)....In order to increase your chances of marrying well you must try to improve your scores and gain more Connections and Accomplishments...
I found this completely irresistable, and started reading (playing) immediately!
On the "To Be Read" pile: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris - can't wait, can't wait can't wait!!!
Leading in a Culture of Change by Michael Fullan (text for second semester - just arrived in the mail today)
the internet and information skills: a guide for teachers and school librarians by James E. Herring (also for uni)
On reserve at my local library: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips
Happy reading everyone!

6 comments:

thewrittenword said...

This one is on my list too and I can't wait to read it (might even bring it with me on vacation)!

Fiona said...

From what I've read so far, I think it is a perfect vacation read :)

Lovesromances said...

This one looked like fun, but I left it off my list. I read the Rossetti Letter and enjoyed it.(I found it as a bargain book and was pleasantly surprised.)

Fiona said...

I saw The Rossetti Letter as a bargain book the other day. I was very tempted, but didn't buy it. I have two kids that take up most of my budget (!) so I try to be careful when spending money.

Lula O said...

Lost in Austen is a book too? It sounds totally cool, now if only the chance of my local library carrying it weren't slim to none. Hmm..off to Borders.

Fiona said...

Sometimes the local library surprises! I'm studying to be a librarian at the moment and my main passion is for public libraries and the wonderful resource they can be to the community. Let me know if your library surprises you!