What I've Been Reading...

Though the weather outside hasn't really been frightful (until last night....brr!), I have been hunkering down and reading a bit, so let's see what rated well, and what didn't...

Vigilante by Stephen J. Cannell

The whole time I was listening to this one, I was sad. Sad because this is the last of the Shane Scully novels, the character and series created by the fabulously talented Stephen J. Cannell (who passed away from cancer last year). This time, Shane and his fairly new partner Hitch are caught up a cop-hating woman's murder, a television show out to crack cases, and a serious case of frame-up. As always, I love spending time with Scully, and he's going to be missed by me...

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

This is the fourth book in the "Mortal Instruments" young adult series, and thus continuing the adventures of Shadowhunters Clary and Jace, Isabelle and Alec, as well as newly created vampire Simon. It's been so long since I read the first three books (which were fab!) that it took me a while to get back in the groove of the story, and the ending had no resolution, so we know there's going to be another...a great young adult series for fantasy readers who are way beyond Twilight...

enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples and a Beagle Pointer by Jessica Berger Gross

I actually read this memoir-cum-diet book in just an hour or two. Gross is an amusing and honest narrator, detailed her travails with up and down weight loss, and shares some of her tips, recipes and insights into how she lost weight. I knew I wasn't going to be a devotee, though, when it ventured much more into vegan, fresh foods all the time territory, but it was still an engaging diversion and inspiration for a few hours.

You're (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter

Frankly, it was the cover and the word "Venice" in the blurb that caught my eye, but the story kept me reading! Lucy and Nate are 18-year-olds head over heels in love with each other during a summer spent in Venice, and with a kiss sealed by an ancient myth, they are bound forever. But when they return home (she to England, he to America) they inevitably drift apart. So what happens when they cross paths again? Chaos and not exactly happily-ever-after. I thought this was such an intriguing premise, and I had to know how it ended...a fun chick lit read!

The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein by Libby Schmais

I love a diary-format book, especially a fun young adult one! Lotus Lowenstein longs to travel to French, embrace all things French, and also longs to meet a boy who wants the same French experience. She and her best friend Joni start a French club at school, and lo and behold, Sean walks through the door and steals both their hearts. I loved this young adult book with its French references and style, and the inevitable love triangle. Lotus is a fun character to spend time with, and I enjoyed this little novel!

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

I admit it - I only read this after seeing Zac Efron's arms in the trailer. ;-) And actually, the book wasn't as nauseating as some of his others, though of course it features a dog, a death, and a true love. *gags just a little* But the movie looks good!

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

This nonfiction work shares the story of Kamila Sidiqi and her sisters, who find themselves liberated women in Kabul (Afghanistan) one day, and under the oppressive thumb of the Taliban the next. They struggle to make ends meet, and begin a dressmaking enterprise that supports not only themselves, but many other women in the city. There is an air of menace and fear throughout the book as the Taliban look for any excuse to punish any woman. An engaging read, and one we'll be doing for our book discussion next month. Recommended!

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