Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.
What are you currently reading? I am about halfway through The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.
What have you recently finished reading? Last night I finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Last week I read (and recently reviewed) The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard. I also just finished Never Let You Go by Erin Healy (review to come).
What are you reading next? I have to start Shanghai Girls by Lisa See next for a book club meeting in June.
What are you reading?
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-oldThis sounds like an intense read! What did you find this week?
realtor, had three goals — sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her
mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open
house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to
leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with
the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote
mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a
second narrative recounting events following her escape — her struggle to piece
her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the
identity of her captor. The truth doesn’t always set you free. Still Missing is
that rare debut find – a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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Friday, May 14, 2010
This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.
Happy Friday! My find this week is Never Let You Go by Erin Healy. I received a review copy this week and it sounds fantastic. Take a look at the Barnes and Noble description:
Lexi lives in the shadow of choices her husband made. Especially Grant's choice to leave seven years ago, without a word. Her relationship with their daughter, Molly, is now the most important thing in her life. Lexi will do anything-work grueling hours, attend church on her only day off, sacrifice financially-just to see Molly smile. When Grant shows up declaring his intent to re-enter their daughter's life, Lexi is skeptical of his motives. She soon determines not to let him near Molly. Then a drug dealer named Warden arrives on Lexi's doorstep, demanding payment of Grant's old debts. But that's just the earthly perspective. Staggering supernatural events are spilling into her world in real and shocking ways. Hell's fury is great, but Heaven's power is greater still. In a novel that defies easy categorization, this has all the early buzz of the breakthrough book of 2010.
It sounds intense and really creepy. I can't wait to read it! What did you find this week?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
by Garth Stein
*I received this as a birthday gift.
Summary: This book revolves around Enzo, a dog with the soul of a man and his race car driving owner, Denny. Together Enzo and Denny navigate the joys and tragedies of life, always believing in the racing philosophy that they live by.
Review: This was the book club's selection for May and it received immense praise from all the members. I absolutely loved this book (when I stopped crying -- who knew dog books make me so emotional?). Enzo is an unbelievably wise and thoughtful character and the plot is (although somewhat predictable) so wonderfully uplifting. Garth Stein does a fantastic job of giving Enzo a distinct voice that the reader immediately falls in love with. He reminds you of why it is so wonderful to be human. And makes you look at your own dog in a whole different light. Rating: ****1/2 out of 5
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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What am I reading now? I just started My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger. This is a fun young adult read that makes me laugh every time I sit down to read.
What did I just finish reading? I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and am hoping to review it early next week. Before that I need to review Kathy Griffin's memoir, the very funny Official Book Club Selection.
What are you reading next? Not sure. I just received We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver from the library and I also picked up a copy of Anna Quindlen's Every Last One. Both books seem pretty deep, so I am not sure which one to read first.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
by Lev Grossman
Penguin Group, 2009
*I borrowed this book from the library
Summary: Quentin, a depressed high school student, finds purpose when he is selected for admission into Brakebills, a college for magicians.
Review: I read somewhere that this book is described as "Harry Potter for adults". Our hero, Quentin, is no Harry Potter. He is flawed and is darker than Harry, but that makes Quentin real and more intriguing. The world that Lev Grossman paints is a vivid one cloaked in darkness. I couldn't distinguish between the good and bad characters because each had moments of terribleness and of brilliance. The plot is fascinating in the beginning as Quentin begins his magical journey, but I lost interest at times when he stumbles as a young adult trying to find happiness. However, I am glad I kept reading because the ending of this book (specifically their adventures in another dimension) were fantastic. Rating: ***1/2 out of 5
Monday, May 3, 2010
I had a fantastic weekend for reading. I was able to finish The Magicians by Lev Grossman (review to come), read half of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (very sad but loving this book), and even read Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin by Kathy Griffin (review to come). I even finished my review of The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I just hope that I can keep the momentum going!
What are you reading? (This meme is hosted by Book Journey).
Sunday, May 2, 2010
By Audrey Niffenegger
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004
*I borrowed this book
Summary: The story of Henry (a librarian with a genetic disease that makes him travel through time) and Claire (the woman who loves him).
Review: The members of my book club raved about this book (and the movie), so I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed by this wonderful story. Niffenegger writes a tale of love and loneliness that made me so sad, I cried like a baby at the end. You know, the kind of tears where you can't read the next line because you eyes are blurry? Henry and Claire are two wonderfully flawed characters who find love but at a huge cost. The narrative never stops and though sometimes confusing (thank goodness the author put in the date and the character's ages or I would have been completely lost) it is a story you can immerse yourself in. Rating: **** out of 5