Switching Directions

I’ve been reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini. The kid was a mere teenager when he wrote it and that in itself makes it worth reading. He sucks you in with his imagery and storytelling and I am enjoying the book.

HOWEVER, it’s taking me forever to get through it and I don’t think it’s my lack of time anymore. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I find the book entertaining and every time I put it down I want to know what happens next. But I’m just not rivited.

So I’m going to take a break from Eragon for a book or two. And I’m going to start this little vacation with The Lion’s Daughter by Loretta Chase.

While I’m looking forward to reading this book – I happen to be a huge Loretta Chase fan – it’s really a means to an end, said end being Lord of Scoundrels. I’ve heard nothing but high praise for this book for the last however many years and my curiosity has finally gotten the better of me. But I can’t just start with LOS. I have to read the series in chronological order (as opposed to publishing date order which is not correct reading order, or so I’ve been told.)

My only hesitation with this plan is that Taylor has been on to me for about three years to read Eragon. So if you all can help me here and not tell him I’ve put it aside for a few days I would really appreciate it. I’m going to have to be a closet reader, I guess.


Taylor and I were discussing this the other day and we could use a little help. I’ve been a Californian, a New Mexican, an Arkansan, and now a Pennsylvanian. What would I be if I lived in New Hampshire?? Anyone know??


  1. Anonymous on November 10, 2006 at 11:23 am

    The reason you are not getting into Eragon is because there is not a nearly naked man on the front!!To Jen’s Fans – Eragon is an awesome book and the sequel Eldest is even better. I loved them both.Todd (aka – DH)

  2. Jenster on November 10, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    Um, you may actually have a point. Let’s not mention this to Taylor, please?? He’ll draw his own conclusions anyway.Jen

  3. JenniferTX on November 10, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    I understand about not being all that into a book for whatever reason — it happens to me more and more often, unfortunately. Honestly, the more I learn about writing, the pickier I become about my reading. But the books that don’t seem to grab me for some unknown reason are the ones I try to analyze the most — I want to figure out what the author did (or didn’t do) so I can hopefully not make the same mistake(s).And I think you would be a New Hampshirite if you were from there. That’s the sort of thing I wonder about from time to time. It’s not to know that others can be as strange as I am. 🙂

  4. The Book Girl, A.K.A. Jodi on November 10, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    What would you be if you lived in New Hampshire?? Malcontent…like you are every where else live apparently! LOL

  5. Kristie (J) on November 11, 2006 at 12:25 am

    Oooohhh – looks like you have some good reads ahead of you if you can gracefully put down Eragon for a while. I just reread The Lion’s Daughter a few months ago and liked it much better the second time. And Lord of Scoundrels – well, it’s Lord of Scoundrels 🙂

  6. Jenster on November 11, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    Jennifer – I think part of my problem is the awe I feel every time I read this kid’s book. He’s so talented and I can’t seem to get past that. lolAnd thanks for the info. What if I lived in Vermont? Or Oregon? This stuff could drive me crazy!Jodi – You’re so funny! Actually I’ve liked every where I’ve lived. So far, anyway.Kristie – I don’t know if it was graceful or not, but I did put Eragon aside. I read about half of The Lion’s Daughter last night and am thoroughly enjoying it. I need to get DH to move some boxes of books out of the garage and up to my sitting room so I can find Lord of Scoundrels and the rest of the books! And soon!!Jen

  7. Devonna on November 11, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    I liked Jodi’s answer the best 🙂 If you lived in New Hampshire, would you be an East Coaster ~ or is that a cop out? How about a Noreaster, like the storm?

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