While I recently recovered from a reading slump and took off into my reading again at a breakneck pace, I seem to have slowed down once again. I don't feel a slump coming on, but I am slammed with research assignments to write up for my students, essays to grade, and general end-of-semester craziness to handle. While I'm currently in the midst of giving up on one of my reads, I'm happily trucking along through the other. Although, I wish I could gulp it down just a wee bit quicker.
I review a lot of books. Or at least I have a lot of books on my review pile. It often takes me a while to get through them given my busy school schedule and my own picks in between. Right now the book I'm trucking through is a particularly interesting title for review in the May issue of Estella's Revenge. Master, by Colette Gale, is an erotic retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. I don't read much erotica, admittedly, but I will pick one up when they come through for review.
I read Gale's first novel, Unmasqued, a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera and enjoyed it more than any other erotica I've picked up. It was tasteful, very readable, and fun since I really enjoy retellings. It took plenty of liberties with the original, but overall it was just a really fun read.
I'm only about 30 pages into Master, but so far I'm just as pleased as I was with Unmasqued. Here's hoping it holds up!
As for my other recent read, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, I absolutely cannot get into it. I'm sure it's a great book--I've heard plenty of others rave about it--but I just don't give a flip at the moment. That means I'll be going to my first face-to-face book group meeting having not read the book, but at least I've read enough that I can talk about why I didn't finish it.
For now I'm off to rejoin Edmond Dantes and Mercedes Hidalgo in Marseille. I hope everyone has a great Sunday!