9.17.2014

Like a Mix Tape

I often think I read the same sort of novel again and again...until I put them together and realize I kinda read all over the place! Here's a latest grouping...

Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me by Rachel Bertsche is the type of nonfiction I'm drawing to - the experiential, try-something-every-month kind. :-) In this, Bertsche decided to focus on a different celebrity for guidance in various parts of her life...have a body like Jen Aniston, cook like Gwyneth, work like Tina Fey, have a marriage like Jennifer Garner...and she chronicles her month-by-month progress while overlaying her own life and plans to get pregnant. Super easy, readable, and fun - a good mix of frothy celebrity but real life implementation.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira is a young adult novel, and, as the name implies, Laurel is given the assignment to write a letter to a dead person, but instead of picking one person (or the obvious person, her sister), she writes lots of letters...Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix, Janis Joplin and many more. I liked the format of this novel, but disliked that a few things felt unresolved at the end. I wanted a more concrete answer. Would definitely appeal to older teens who might remember some of the icons she writes to...

The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich is a frothy chick lit novel that is clearly capitalizing on the 50 Shades movement, but in a really sweet way. She's a restauranteur, he's a famous pro baseball player, and they fall head over heels. But when he wants to incorporate some, um, more unconventional bedroom practices - and then they get caught - things spiral out of control. Will these two crazy kids make it?! Cutesy chick lit...

Surrender to the Viking by Joanna Fulford was checked out purely because my friend Jen has developed a thing for Vikings. ;-) This was a Harlequin Historical, but the author tried to really incorporate good historical detail, names and settings into this fairly cookie cutter romance. Fun!

Sylvester by Georgette Heyer was an audiobook listen for exactly one reason : RICHARD ARMITAGE NARRATED IT. That is all. ;-) Okay, not all. This was a great listen - a spirited heroine, a case of mistaken identity, a snowstorm, a subterfuge, and a pair of very disturbing eyebrows. ;-) A GREAT listen!