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Sep. 23rd, 2009 08:43 pm
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Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott Which Brings Me to You

Something about this book felt way too voyeuristic - I was squirmily uncomfortable through most of it, not because it was especially graphic, but it just felt weird. Hmm.

Mary Balogh Then Comes Seduction
Mary Balogh At Last Comes Love

I really do love Mary Balogh's romances. I particularly liked At Last Comes Love - I'm a sucker for the marriage of wacky circumstances in a historical romance.

Libba Bray A Great and Terrible Beauty

So, a few years ago I picked up a book at a bookswap because I liked the cover, and it turned out it was the middle book of a trilogy. I hung onto it for a couple of years, finally getting rid of it when [livejournal.com profile] sarcasma was taking stuff to Goodwill. And then, of course, I heard enough about the series to pick up the first one. Timing! Anyway, I enjoyed this enough to get the next book out of the library, and I'm now finishing off the series.

Christopher Brookmyre A Snowball in Hell

A sequel of sorts to my favourite Brookmyre ever! It was fun.

Christopher Buckley Florence of Arabia

A satire of US-Middle East relations, involving a TV station, a feminist revolution, and of course lots of wacky hijinks. Very funny.

Vikram Chandra Sacred Games

A fantastic (and extraordinarily heavy to lug around) book about the relationship between a cop and a gangster in Mumbai, told in stories both epic and minute. Loved it.

Elaine Dundy The Dud Avocado

I have no idea why I put this book on hold at the library. And also, while it was on hold, I'd gotten the idea that it was some sort of book about language. Instead it was a novel from the 30s (?) about an American girl who goes to France for an adventure. It was okay, I suppose. I wasn't totally sold.

Vanessa Farquarson Sleeping Naked is Green

In her website, green as a thistle, the author made one green change each day for a year, from the tiny (the very first one is switching to recycled paper towels) to the huge (shutting off her refrigerator!). The book, thankfully, isn't a rehash of the website, but instead tells all the stories from around those changes, the other things that were happening in her life during this time. A fun read. Also, her mom is my doctor, which I only figured out from seeing pictures of her book launch.

Andy Greenwald Miss Misery

An entertaining novel about a writer who creates a false online persona to research an article about teens on an LJ-like site. And then his alternate persona comes to life. Wacky! Also, I loved that there was a bit about the weirdness of a cat who liked to hang out in a dripping sink. :D

Mercedes Lackey Phoenix and Ashes
Mercedes Lackey The Fire Rose
Mercedes Lackey The Wizard of London
Mercedes Lackey The Gates of Sleep
Mercedes Lackey Reserved for the Cat

After having re-read all of the Valdemar books in very quick succession over the last couple of months, I still felt like I needed more comfort reading, so I tried these Elemental Masters book. They're not bad - based on fairy tales, which gets a little annoying to me sometimes, depending on how well I know the story, but fun.

Cheryl Peck Revenge of the Paste Eaters: Memoirs of a Misfit

Meh. I got about half way through before I realized I hadn't laughed once at what were supposed to be humourous remembrances. Boring!

Emily Pohl-Weary A Girl Like Sugar

I've had this post ready to go for a couple of weeks, except for this book. Apparently I have nothing to say! So I'm just going to leave it be.

Amanda Quick The Third Circle

Her books are all very similar, but you know, I'm okay with that for fluffy reading. But I felt the romance of this one was lost with all the suspense parts.

Nora Roberts Vision in White

Secretly, I think I'd be an excellent wedding planner, despite the fact that (or perhaps because) I don't particularly believe in marriage, and think most wedding stuff is a bit silly. So I was quickly hooked by this first book in a quartet about a group of friends who run a wedding planning company together. Also, I'm happy about Roberts' return to straight-up romance, away from the supernatural.

Marc Romano Crossworld: One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession

A fun, fascinating look at the work of competitive crosswording. I liked the stuff about crosswords (the building, the solving) more than his personal experiences.

Curtis Sittenfeld American Wife

This was great. I was a little wary, knowing that it was supposedly based on Laura Bush's life (but fiction), and occasionally I was taken out of the book, wondering how much was true (and what Laura Bush thought of it all), but it was ultimately engrossing, especially the first half.

Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age

I started this years ago (I think it was the first Stephenson I tried) and I totally couldn't get into it. This time, I loved it. Awesome.

Jennifer Weiner Certain Girls

The sequel to Good in Bed, which I loved. I didn't love this one quite as much, but it was nice to revisit the characters, in a way that felt natural.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] c0untmystars.livejournal.com
The wedding planner book sounds like fun. The two Nora Roberts I've read previously were straight romance and I really enjoyed them... so far Tribute, which has a supernatural-ish element to it, is kind of "meh".

Also, I had no idea that Christopher Buckley had another book out! I still love The White House Mess and Thank You For Smoking, I might have to check that one out.

Date: 2009-09-24 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silentreverie.livejournal.com
You're always posting about books and writers I have never even heard of! That's good though, as they sound interesting and I'm adding lots of books to my wishlist. :D

Date: 2009-09-24 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sh1mm3r.livejournal.com
I think you can blame the Dundy on me. I had read it based on the friend who gives me the most recommendations, because he thought I was like the main character. It made me smile a little but just seemed too old fashioned (and I think I was reading thinking why am I like her, which automatically made me more engaged).

Date: 2009-09-24 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sh1mm3r.livejournal.com
I went back and looked at my review of it, and clearly it was because of the librarian angle at the end.

“Now called for something entirely different. Now called for something drastically unrunning away. Now called for – what? Suddenly I had it. Now called for becoming a librarian!”

Date: 2009-09-24 07:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starfishchick
Yay, I'm glad you liked the crossword book! (And I agree entirely with your assessment!) When I had it from the library I photocopied the puzzles but haven't tried them yet - did you try them?

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