Sunday, August 24, 2008

Summer Reading

It's been way too long since I posted about books! Never fear--I've been reading.

Pitch Perfect: the Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin: I used to LOVE going to the a cappella concerts at school, so I was excited to read this book about what goes on behind the scenes. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure someone without fond memories of a cappella concerts in the chapel would find it interesting.

Civil and Strange by Clair Ni Aonghusa: I found this one by searching the library catalog for books set in Ireland. It's about a woman who moves from Dublin to a small town where she used to spend her summers. "Civil and strange" refers to the advice she gets for dealing with the townspeople who are constantly into everyone else's business. It was okay, but not super exciting.

The Bay at Midnight by Diane Chamberlain: I enjoyed the first Diane C. book I read, so I figured I'd try a few others. This one centers on the mystery of a teenage girl's murder and weaves together past and present while exploring family dynamics and secrets. I sailed through this book. Really liked it.

Evan and Elle by Rhys Bowen: Another Evan Evans mystery, of course!

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand: A library patron recommended this to me, and it looked really summery and vacationy so I figured why not? It was okay, but not the greatest. About two sisters and a friend who spend the summer on Nantucket confronting big life changes. Ho hum.

Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain: Yep, another one. I've been saying that Chamberlain's novels sort of remind me of Jodi Picoult, and then this one shows up and there's a blurb on the front cover calling her the Southern Jodi Picoult! I have to say, of the books I've read, this one is the most like a Picoult. Another one that I sailed right through.

H.R.H. by Danielle Steel: My first Danielle Steel book ever! I thought it was my responsibility as a library worker to have some familiarity with her books. It's fluff, which is about what I expected. Very easy to read...repetitive...a fairy tale. But not horrible.


Anonymous said...

Had to laugh about HRH by Danielle Steele. My best friend soapboxed on how bad it was for at least 30 minutes. She couldn't believe she "wasted 5 hrs. of her life on that *book.* She said she refuses to buy anymore DS in protest, lol Mags

Darling Petunia said...

Correction: Five hours AND thirty minutes!!!!