Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday Topic: What was the best book you read this month?

October was pretty crazy for me. Most of the books I read this month were text books about either history or sociology. I still managed to read some amazing fiction this month and couldn't possibly pick just one.
I read:

The Odyssey by Homer

This wasn't voluntary but I always enjoy The Odyssey anyway. This was my third time reading it.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

I love, love, love this book! It's an old favorite that I go back to whenever I need some comfort. Daughter of the Forest is a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales and the imagery is beautiful.

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

This is the last book in the Thursday Next series. It follows the exploits of Thursday Next, a member of the fiction policing agency, Jurisfiction which makes sure that all books continue to unfold as they should and that the fictional characters don't escape into the real world. All the books in the series are uproariously funny and I always find myself laughing out loud and then being incapable of explaining to anyone what I found so funny simply because the plots are so bizarre. Thursday Next must be read to be appreciated. And Jasper Fforde (besides being brilliant) has an awesome last name.


  1. My Latin teacher at school read to us from The Odyssey on Saturdays (yes, we had school on Saturday mornings). Nice memories. I read the Eyre Affair after reading Jane Eyre, and I must at least thank Jasper Fforde for giving me a reason to read Jane Eyre (I wanted to read his book, but I thought I should read the Bronte novel first so I would understand any references). I really enjoyed Jane Eyre, far more than I expected to. And subsequently, I enjoyed The Eyre Affair. Fun. First time I read a male novelist writing a 1st person female POV. It can be done, ladies and gents!

    And his first name's as good as his last. I bet his agent would have signed him for his name alone! :)

  2. Jane Eyre is another one of my favorites. Jasper Fforde hooked me from the first.

  3. @Colin: I know, his name is so awesome!

    I, on the other hand, was tricked by the title and tried to read First Among Sequels (the last in the series) first... It was confusing to say the least. (Illegal cheese trade? Stupidity surplus? Where did the dodo come from?!?!)