Soldiering On

So, I just discovered that somehow HALF the index for every book I've read in the last seven years (well, from the letters K-Z) is, well, missing.

But, I'm not going to worry about that right now, because I've got books to review! Apparently, I'll be rebuilding an index tomorrow instead of, like, taking a nap.


Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Well, I like that the author has an alternate spelling of my name I've not seen before. ;-) This YA novel had an interesting premise: a found tapestry in a dusty bookshop holds more than images - it holds the life of a young man, who happens to come to life when tugged on by the gal who bought it...

I liked it okay, but found myself skimming to get to the end, which, somehow is never a good sign....

All That Is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd

I've always had a girlcrush on Ashley Judd (except for that U of K thing) - she's smart, she's accomplished, she's married to a racerboy and she's a great humanitarian.

This memoir lays it all out - her traumatic childhood, her efforts to stem the tide of AIDS around the world, her relationships, her work, and her overarching struggle with depression. This felt like a very *raw* memoir, but an incredibly smart, well-written one. While I feel like a crappy human for not doing more like Ashley does, I'm glad to know what she's accomplished. It was surreal to read this at the same time I've been watching "The Judds" on OWN...

Run for Your Life by Michaesl Ledwidge

This is another Michael Bennett, NYPD detective, novel, and I enjoyed listening to it just as much as the last one I listened to (Worst Case). Bennett is on the case of a man who calls himself "The Teacher", who is killing people who are rude in NYC (no, seriously). Sounded cheesy, but it all worked - the narrators really bring it to life. I'm going to have to see if there are any other audio editions of Bennett novels...

The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Love Josh, loved his memoir, loved meeting him at ALA a couple of years ago, love "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" on Green TV, love the soap I just ordered, loved this memoir. Words escape me - I'm such a Beek Geek. LOVED this memoir - the sub-title really describes the whole memoir. :-)

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