Put A Discovery of Witches on Your Summer Reading List. Now!
By vodkamom on June 15, 2011
There are few things in life I enjoy more than reading.
Well, there are my children.
And the dog.
And maybe the cat, and flowers, and taking pictures, riding a bike, hiking in the mountains, laughing with friends, going to yard sales, visiting thrift shops, teaching kindergarten, writing, gardening, kayaking, going to the beach, and a great lobster roll.
Other than those things, reading is on the top of my list. Now, I don't like to lie like some people and claim that I only read those books that appear on the "best-selling" lists - the ones written by only Pulitzer Prize winning authors. I am an equal opportunity reader -- and I read to enjoy, not to judge.
I was thrilled to be asked to review books as part of the BlogHer Book Review team (at least that's what I like to call it) and was even more excited to get my hand on A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.
I have always been fascinated by ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and anything that might go bump in the night; and apparently so is everyone else. Books from these genre seem to fly off the shelves- and not because they are enchanted. People love to read about things that scare them just a bit. I’m no exception.
Now, just because I’m easy, doesn’t mean that I don’t judge writers. I do. I adore great writing and if I feel that a writer is inept, feeble, has poor grammar or just plain horrid, I fling the book across the room. Thankfully, this author was none of the above.
Her premise, a witch and a vampire falling for each other and having to battle all kinds of demons to make it right, is one that is not uncommon. Her writing, however, is. I found it incredibly easy and enjoyable to read, and frankly the further I read the harder it was to put the book down.
She managed to engage me easily. The characters were intelligent, believable and engaging. I found the story to flow amazingly well, and it’s grip on me grew the more that I read. The last half of the book was read in ONE DAY!!
I think she’s an amazing writer. Granted, the theme appears to be one that everyone is latching on to; she does it with amazing talent. This is a book worth reading.
Frankly, it should be on the TOP of your summer reading list. I would send you mine, but my friends are currently in the middle of a FIGHT to the death.
I’ll let you know who wins!
More Like This
Recent Posts by vodkamom
Most Popular on BlogHer
Most Popular on BlogHer
Recent Comments on BlogHer
Switch to mobile view.