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Kate Atkinson When Will There Be Good News?

Another Brodie book, and one of my favourites of hers. Interesting characters, and interconnected and destroyed lives.

Emma Donoghue Touchy Subjects

A collection of stories on taboo and uncomfortable themes. Nicely done.

Brian Francis Fruit

A Canada Reads 2009 selection. About a boy growing up in Sarnia, who has a crazy family, vivid daydreams, and talking nipples. That's right. Totally fun.

Malcolm Gladwell Outliers

I love Gladwell's books! They are fascinating and always make me excited about some new idea. This one looks at superstars in various fields, and breaks down how people rise to the top.

Phillipa Gregory The Virgin's Lover

After this, and The Tudors, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I have many different versions of history in my head. :) It was okay - not particularly memorable, but a fun read.

Joanne Harris Sleep Pale Sister

A gothic tale of madness and revenge that is completely different from her other works. Pretty good.

Marian Keyes This Charming Man

I think I liked Keyes better when her books weren't all in the first person with multiple points of view. I like her stories, and I like her writing style, but I often don't like the voices of her characters. I went back and re-read some of her earlier books to make up for it.

Jayne Ann Krentz Sizzle and Burn

I picked this up from the Quick Reads at the library over Christmas. I used to read her when she was a straight romance novelist, but this one could be described as paranormal suspence romance. Sort of. It was okay, but a bit flat.

Vincent Lam Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

A fantastic book of short stories, all with a medical theme (Lam was/is a doctor), and featuring an interconnecting group of characters. I loved it.

Naomi Novik His Majesty's Dragon
Naomi Novik Throne of Jade

These were entertaining - a cross between Anne McCaffrey's dragon series and the Patrick O'Brien books. I, of course, liked the first one best because I like origin stories. I tuned out during the battle scenes, though.

Michel Trembley The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant

Another Canada Reads 2009 selection. I kind of enjoyed it, but it took me quite a while to get into it. Everyone just seemed so angry and depressed. I liked the picture of 1940's Montreal, though.

Paco Underhill The Call of the Mall

An interesting analysis of how malls work and how malls don't work. It made me glad I don't spend much time in them!

Date: 2009-03-08 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Did you see me in Outliers? =)

Date: 2009-03-08 11:21 pm (UTC)
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I got the Francis book at ALA in galley form, when the title was still "The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington." Hehe. It was cute.

Date: 2009-03-09 06:29 pm (UTC)
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I just started "This Charming Man" today, and so far I like it, but I'm only around page 100, and I haven't gotten past Lola yet. Will have to see what happens when the story switches to another character. :D

Date: 2009-03-09 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I was pretty meh about "This Charming Man" as well-it's probably the only one of her books that hasn't kept me awake to keep on reading it.

I keep reading that Gladwell only uses male examples in Outliers which, if true, is a little irritating. Did you notice that?

Date: 2009-03-09 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I have yet to finish 'This Charming Man' (and now I'm humming the Smiths song), I just don't like it very much. I think I started it nearly a year ago...


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