Wednesday, December 23, 2009

December 23, 2009

I finished the second book in that series, and now I'm half-heartedly re-reading the third. I can't remember anything about this one, so something tells me I found it boring the first time around.

I read Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright. Very interesting. Now this is the kind of book I love: one that tells me the why's and how's behind a fascinating trait or hobby or habit. A book that I come away from thinking, "Wow! I learned something new about this person!"

Saturday, November 28, 2009

November 26, 2009

I read that book again. And now I'm reading the second in that series.

Like I said...fluff.

Friday, November 20, 2009

*insert sounds of crickets*

I have been reading, but I'm having trouble finding a book that really holds my attention and makes me want to stop everything and finish it.

I read Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin in early October, and then...I drifted...from one book to another, not finishing anything. Last week I picked up Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello.

I think I'm just in the mood for (I hate to say it, because I realize that every author works hard and I don't like to belittle anyone's work) fluff reading.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September 29, 2009

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Sunday, September 6, 2009

September 6, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 26, 2009

Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown by Edmund L. Andrews

August 21, 2009

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August 18, 2009

Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival by Clara Kramer and Stephan Glantz

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August 11, 2009

Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way by Ruth Reichl

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August 10, 2009

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

Friday, July 17, 2009

July 16, 2009

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 9, 2009

Marly and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

July 7, 2009

The Last Great Dance on Earth by Sandra Gulland

Friday, June 26, 2009

June 24, 2009

Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland

June 16, 2009

Tales of Passion Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland

Monday, June 8, 2009

June 7, 2009

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

The chocolate cake recipe at the end is delicious. Make it right now.

May 18, 2009

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Saturday, May 30, 2009

May 29, 2009

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gullard

Sunday, May 24, 2009

May 17, 2009

Just When I Thought I'd Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities by Kathie Lee Gifford.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

10 Most Challenged books of 2008

The ALA has released their list of the 10 most challenged books of 2008. You can read about it here.

I usually like to exercise my rights and read all of the books on this list, however, this year there are some that I don't think I can stomache. Not because I find them offensive, but because I find them to be...drivel.

I just can't believe that these books are the most challenged (two male penguins adopt an abandoned egg), when there are authors like Chuck Palahniuk. I am still trying to bleach my brain after reading one of his books MONTHS ago (and I think I read one of his tamer tomes).

I'm not saying that Palahniuk should be challenged - I don't believe in that kind of censoring in the first place - I'm just saying that when I think of possibly offensive material (and I'm judging only from my own views), none of these would make the list.

May 14, 2009

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Friday, April 3, 2009

April 3, 2009

Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs

If I could host a dinner party, and invite any three people, living or dead, I would ask Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris and Freddie Mercury. It would be the best night of my life. (This is coming from a straight girl.)

April 2, 2009

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

I am seriously pissed about the ending.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

March 23, 2009

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Monday, March 9, 2009

March 9, 2009

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

This is one of the ALA's most frequently challenged books. According to their website, this is due to "sexually explicit and offensive language ", but I have no idea what they are talking about. I don't think there is even a curse word in here. And the only sexual thing I can come up with is that the parents in the story are being extremely giggly and flirty with each other and it's described as 'morning sex behavior', as in - the parents had recently had sex and were acting silly.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

February 28, 2009

The Longing by Beverly Lewis

I think it's safe to say that I'm done with my Amish phase. So much Amish angst!! This was the last in a trilogy, and I had to finish - that's just how I roll.

Monday, February 23, 2009

February 22, 2009

The Forbidden by Beverly Lewis.

Yes, an Amish harlequin. When my beloved saw what I was reading, he rolled his eyes and said "you're turning into my mother".

That's better than turning into my mother.

Friday, February 20, 2009

February 20, 2009

Green Mountain Farm by Elliott Merrick

February 18, 2009

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February 2, 2009

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Monday, February 2, 2009

January 31, 2009

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Monday, January 19, 2009

January 19, 2009

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

January 12, 2009

Swim to Me by Betsy Carter

Friday, January 2, 2009

January 1, 2009

The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir by Patricia Harman

December 24, 2008

Testimony by Anita Shreve