4.28.2012

Reading Rut?

You know how sometimes you just get in a reading rut - nothing sounds good, or nothing you read is any good, or everything sounds better than reading?

That's where I've been for the last few weeks.

But, in the interest of full disclosure *grin*, here's what I've been reading...



Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

This book got rave reviews, everyone has been blurbing it, it sounded promising....a car full of wedding guests hit and kill a little girl on the way home from the reception, and for the next twenty five years, this book deals with their lives and how that one incident affected their lives. I hated this book so much that when something bad happened to one of the characters, I felt gleeful. THAT'S not good...


The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker

I so wanted to like this book, I really did. It felt like it could have an Alice Hoffman vibe, but even 100 pages into it, I just didn't care that much. And I wondered just how many more times she could use the word 'salt'. Sigh. Disappointed that I didn't like it...


The Pleasure of Your Kiss by Teresa Meideros

Of all the things I've read lately, this Regency romance has been the most enjoyable! Clarinda and her friend, through a series of unfortunate events, find themselves "guests" of a harem, and Clarinda's fiance has paid to have his ne'er-do-well brother retrieve his would-be bride. Too bad the brother was Clarinda's first crush...this book flies along with a great setting, great characters, great romance and a bit of fun and adventure and a few laughs. I really enjoyed it! I have already checked out another Meideros title...

Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth

I was hoping for more examples of how she "pared down and scaled back" their lives, rather than it just being a Bible study. Almost, but not quite...

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

This title was recommended by several ladies in our library book discussion group, so I agreed to make it the title for our April meeting. This hefty tome (550 pages!) is almost impossible to summarize. Here's what I told colleagues it included: Indian citizens in Ethiopia, pregnant nuns, conjoined twins, revolution, betrayal, doctors, hospitals, lengthy medical passages, genital mutilation, STDs, cancer, death, poverty, NY hospitals, betrayal, forgiveness, and I'm sure I'm leaving out about 50 things, because this was a LOOOONG novel with a LOOOOT of detail. My book club absolutely loved every page, though, so if sweeping, epic novels are your thing, this is for you!

Son of Stone by Stuart Woods

I always have a good time listening to Stone Barrington novels, especially those narrated by Tony Roberts. This one, though, was a bit unusual - more of an "in between" book to set up the future, rather than presenting a murder or a mystery to solve. It felt more like a character study than a mystery - and even the murder was telegraphed long before it happened...enjoyable as always, but a bit odd.


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