I noticed today that I haven't posted about reading for a long time, since just after Christmas I think. I started the year taking part in the 100 book challenge, but I've stopped, as I was just forcing myself to read, and it removes the enjoyment.
The other reason is that I keep note of what I read(more or less) on Goodreads - feel free to add me if you have an account and haven't already. I've gone through phases of not reading much, and ones where, as in the last two weeks, I read 5 books in a week. I figure that I read alot, and I read a variety, so it's probably enough!
Recently, I've really enjoyed most of what I've read, but the one I had the most preconceptions about turned out to be the one I enjoyed most!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
I have put off reading 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies', partly because I didn't want to be disappointed by it (I am a huge Austen fan), and because I have heard/read alot of scathing reviews in it.
I was expecting to be disappointed, but I wasn't. In fact, I think Grahame-Green has done a brilliant job of adding the zombie element to the story. In it, we find that the Bennet girls live in an England over-run with zombies, are trained in the 'deadly arts', and are the best zombie hunters in their area.
It is a really good mixture of classic fiction and fantasy - I found it very like what Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have been had it been written in the 1800s! I read it in one sitting, absorbing the story well known to me, whilst enjoying the new parts. Austen's grand romance is still there, but the girls occasionally have some zombies to deal with. One of the highlights of the book for me is that it has classic book illustrations, but they are of zombies eating people's brains, or Elizabeth Bennet fighting with them!
The additions are well written in, which is an accomplishment when working with Austen's beautiful storytelling.. They bring moments of humour and horror to the story, without actually detracting from the central theme. I don't think everyone would enjoy it - I happen to like both classic and fantasy, which made it an easy read for me. The only thing I would say is that if people are worried about reading it, they should try - they may well like it!