Latest Literature

Somehow my numbers are a bit slow out of the gate, reading-wise, for 2013 but I swear I'm reading! How about a peek at the latest reviews, eh?

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I absolutely loved this book - the perfect antidote to a lot of heavier reads I've been slogging through lately! Poppy Wyatt has a job she loves, and is about to marry a super catch - but everything starts to spin out of control when she loses her engagement ring in a hotel, then her phone...and confiscates another one belonging to the assistant of Sam Roxton - high powered businessman. What begins as a simple business arrangement to keep communication open in the case of the missing ring soon turns into Poppy and Sam's lifes becoming inextricably linked. Charming, fun, fast and rewarding - I love Kinsella novels!

Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark

This is the first novel I've read my Clark, but it is actually the second book in her "Rachel McKnight, DA" series, though I had no trouble diving right in! Rachel is a well-drawn character, and one the reader is glad to ride along with as a seemingly random murder of a homeless leads Rachel - and her reliable friends - on a goose chase of epic proportions around Los Angeles in pursuit of the truth. I really enjoyed this novel - I listened to the audiobook and was glad for the company and the solid narration. Recommended!

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Honestly, I don't get what all the hype is about. I know that makes me a bad librarian and everything, but I just could NOT get into this non-fiction work which has apparently won every award possible and be lauded left and right last year. A Mumbai slum and the people who live there in desperation...not my cup of tea, no matter how well written it may be. 

 Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I admit it, I wanted to read this after seeing the movie trailer, filled with great actors and actresses and the soaring voice of Florence Welch. This young adult novel is a bit of a switch up - the boy is the normal mortal, the girl is the one with powers (not witch, but "caster"), and yes, they fall in love but the novel has so much more swirling around it, dating back to the Civil War and beyond. Very gothic and Southern, I thought this was a good read, though I'm not sure how the series is going to spin out into four books...

The Duke Is Mine by Eloisa James

I must admit, I think James is rapidly becoming one of my favorite (or is my favorite?) Regency authors.I love her blend of romance, witticism, character development and not taking herself too seriously when she writes fun Regency romances. This one is a take on "The Princess and the Pea" - but you have to read to find out how. ;-)

Do Life by Ben Davis

I've been a reader of Ben's blog for years, since seeing his inspirational video on YouTube (see it here). Ben has taken the success of his blog into the book world, talking about his personal journey to wellness while also giving tips and encouragement to those who may also struggle with weight and wellness. Lighthearted and sincere - just like Ben - this is a good read for those needing a bit of a kick, or who are also fans of Ben's.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Since meeting Mike at ALA last year (shout out to a Hoosier author, who has since visited by library as a speaker!), I've been wanting to read Ashfall. But here was my problem - the entire novel is about Yellowstone blowing up. I couldn't read it until WELL after our Yellowstone trip last fall, and it's been continually checked out since then! Anyhoo, I finally read it, and I'm still exhausted! This harrowing novel for young adults starts with Alex being home alone in Iowa (his family took a weekend trip to Illinois) when Yellowstone's supervolcano blows up, rendering the world dark, ash filled, foodless and frankly, frightening. Alex makes the trip to Illinois alone (at first), encountering all manner of badness along the way. The first in a trilogy, I can't imagine how the story is going to go from here, but man, Mullin wrote a page turner! Recommended for all ages, but especially for teens who dig survivalist stuff, apocalyptic fiction, or just a well written, male-centric read.

A Rogue of My Own by Johanna Lindsey

Meh. I need to stop checking her out - I never seem to enjoy them.

The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

Aww...Brat Packer turned travel writer. I always loved me some Andrew, and this is a solid, well written travelogue and examination into his eventual marriage, but I found my mind wandering while reading, not really keeping me fully engaged. Still love ya, Kevin Dolenz/Blane McDonough/Jonathan Switcher!

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