I'm reading three books right now, and enjoying all of them (so much so, I'm having a hard time choosing between them in my spare moments).
First off, I was lucky enough to obtain a digital copy of Only In Spain by Nellie Bennett from NetGalley. Ms. Bennett is a romantic soul trapped in an Australian department store, until an advertisement for flamenco lessons catches her attention one day. Eventually, lessons lead to a journey to study dance in Spain. I'm about three-quarters through, and it's been a comfortable ride so far. There are a lot of travel logs out there, but Bennett does more than ramble on about a vacation; she explores Spain through flamenco, an intriguing art form I never gave much thought to before.
The second title I'm currently in the middle of is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It follows Cath, a socially awkward college freshman who's obsessed with a fictional character called Simon Snow. Rowell's parody of the Harry Potter fandom is pretty charming, and it's the first young or new adult novel I've seen to really tackle that subject. Fangirl seems to be doing fairly well since its release-- I've noticed it in just about every bookstore I've been to lately. Fans of Harry Potter who are just now leaving home and entering the workforce will find Cath to be a sympathetic character. After all, who really wants to give up the best parts of their childhood?
And last on my list, I finally got around to buying Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Of course, there's been a lot of hype surrounding this book for a while now, and a sequel was just released. I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to my expectations, but I was wrong. I love how creepy this book is. This definitely isn't just a story for kids, or middle grade readers (in fact, I think it might scare them). It's not a cop out, or a clone of other popular series directed at a similar audience.
That should keep me busy for another week or two. By then, it'll be Saint Patrick's Day, and hopefully a little less freezing here in the Boston area. Time to think spring thoughts!