Aug. 1st, 2009

eleneariel: (celtic)
I don't even know WHAT was going on here, but I was in too much of a hurry to take a second photo.

Day 213 )
eleneariel: (go carefully my heart)
1. Men Were Deceivers Ever, Patricia Veryan
 As usual, a credible plot with sprinkles of random laugh-out-loud fun!
 
2. My Secret Life on the McJob, Jerry Newman
This is supposed to be a book to teach management principles based on things that the author, a college professor, learned by going "undercover" and working various fast food jobs. I don't know why I thought it would be interesting, I don't know why I ordered it from PBS, and I don't know why I found it so enthralling that I read it in a day and a half.
 
But it's not just me, because I casually left it laying around the house and within 48 hours both my mother and my father had read it and said the same sorts of things.
 
3. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
My thoughts on Neil Gaiman: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3. In a literary way, of course, because he's old enough to be my father, if my father had married at a normal age and you know, wasn't already ancient instead of being merely old. But Gaiman!  He has plot! He has character! He has funny, clever, real, awesome dialog! Neverwhere is fantasy that I believe in.
 
4. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters, Leslie M. M. Blume
So, so, so, so adorable! Cute but with some real meat to the story. Love this. 
 
5. The Unadulterated Cat, Terry Pratchett
[livejournal.com profile] jkgeroo  hasn't gotten a thank you card for this yet (and The Last Hero, YAY!), but I already read it! Terry Pratchett is clearly a cat owner - I KNEW it. Anyone who has ever owned - or been owned by - a Real Cat(tm) will understand this book completely. 
 
6. Cherished Enemy, Patricia Veryan
See review for  Men Were Deceivers Ever. : )
 
7. Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle, Gordon Korman
I didn't expect much from this book, but it turned out surprisingly good! The writing was decent and the story, well, sort of Sopranos-for-teens. The various "Uncles" were hilarious, as was the main character's more-than-a-little sarcastic narration.

8. This Proud Heart, Pearl S. Buck
When [livejournal.com profile] ruthette  loans me books, invariably the one I save until last to read, the one I think I'm least interested in, turns out to be the best of the bunch. Something about this style captured me, even as the story raised many questions. Susan is a pre-Martha Stewart Martha Stewart - perfect at everything she puts her hand to. When she marries, she whips up her wedding dress, without a pattern, in a matter of days, and bakes her own wedding cake - and makes it all look easy. But ... she's also an artist. She has an amazing talent to sculpt, first in clay and later in marble. But she wants to have it all - to be the perfect wife, mother AND artist. Her perfection drives away most of the people in her life, and in the end, she is able to be one out of the three - and it's not wife or mother. Which raises the questions - how much should you sacrifice for art? And ultimately, should we pity Susan, or admire her? Or condemn her?
 
9. Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, Steve Harvey
I had some serious reservations about this book, but it turned out better than I expected - still, Steve Harvey speaks for Steve Harvey, not the entire male population as he claims. So I'd be curious to see just how much of what he says IS true of the majority of men. I like his no-nonsense style, though.

10. Unshaken, Francine Rivers

Read this last night - I'm not entire sure what I think. It's so easy for novelizations of Biblical stories to just feel wrong. This was a pretty decent one, though, and obviously a quick read as I finished it in one evening. If anything I think it's River's writing style that rubs me wrong; it feels a little jerky and stilted.

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