Saturday, November 28, 2009

Children of God Go Bowling by Shannon Olson

7/10 - Fairly entertaining, would be more so if I had spent more time single. Singleness and therapy are the main topics here. Olson sprinkles in enough funnies to keep you entertained, and you can glean a little wisdom through her therapy too. Nothing spectacular.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde

9/10 - This book would definitely fit into my warm fuzzy stories category. Okay, it can cross the touchy feely line occasionally, but not to the point where it's over the top. It's not Lorna Landvik (whom I love anyway). I really loved Pearl, because I've seen her before. I'm an L&D nurse and I've met this rough, scared little girl. Great a typical characters, and the story has a really good flow. Besides, who wouldn't love Leonard.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hot Six by Janet Evanovich

8/10 - Boy Evanovich really knows how to string you along. Just when things really start to heat up, boom, game over. So I'm forced to wait until the next book. I'm really liking these, although I definitely couldn't read them back to back.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Her Daughter's Eyes by Jessica Barksdale Inclan

7/10 - A story about two teenage sisters who are essentially abandoned by their father after their mother dies of breast cancer. The older sister gives birth at home with the younger delivering the baby in secret. Sounded like it would be right up my alley, but I had a hard time really feeling for the characters although I think they are written very well and accurately. Gritty and somewhat reminiscent of Girls in Trouble.

The New A to Z Challenge

Yes, I'm going to do it again. All new to me authors, for every letter A to Z.

A - The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
B - Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
C - The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain
D - The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue
E - The Greatest White Trash Love Story Ever Told by Rhett Ellis
F - The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
G - The Other Mother by Gwendolyn Gross
H - Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
I - Her Daughter's Eyes by Jessica Barksdale Inclan
J - The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
K - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
L - Speak Softly, She Can Hear by Pam Lewis
M - Gracelin O'Malley by Ann Moore
N -
O - B-mother by Maureen O'Brien
P - The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
Q -
R - Empire Falls by Richard Russo
S - The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
T - Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
U - The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall
V -
W - Night by Elie Weisel
X -
Y - Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Z -

Monday, November 02, 2009

The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

5/10 - I hate to say it, but this one became a chore to read. When you only have 25 pages left, and you still have to drag yourself back to it, that's not a good sign. My biggest gripe was the whole premise on which the story was based. Unfortunate children are stolen by hobgoblins or changelings who then turn the child into a changeling and take their place in the human world. Then the cycle repeats itself once it becomes the stolen child's turn to reenter the human world and take another child's place. Why? What's the point? It's just a useless cycle. The whole thing was just a bizarre drawn out tennis match.