Saturday, October 31, 2009


I wonder if it's a coincidence that the two spookier books were my favorites this month?

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger- This is the new book from the author of The Time Traveler's Wife. I have to admit, I liked this better. It's spooky and strange, but not nearly as complicated as TTW. I thought it was very atmospheric.

Where You Once Belonged and The Tie that Binds by Kent Haruf- Haruf's books Plainsong and Eventide are two of my favorites, so it was high time I read some of his other work. Of the two, I preferred the latter, but both were good. Simple and quiet, but strong books.

Confessions of a Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado- Nothing new, really. This is Sandra Bullock's sister, she opened a bakery, etc.

Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged her Fridge, Sold her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days
by Vanessa Farquharson- It's gimmicky, yes. She decides to make one change per day towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I'd skip the book and read the blog.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie- (young adult) A friend at work raved about this book (and heck it won a National Book Award) so I gave it a try. It's good. I still prefer John Green for YA novels. I should probably ask my friend what she liked so much about it. Taryn?

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry- Also recommended by a work friend. Loved this one! Perfect read leading up to Halloween, too, as it's set in Salem.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown- Yep, I read it. And guess what...I actually enjoyed it. I wonder, though, if that's because I so rarely read stuff like this.

101 Things to Do Before You Diet: Because Looking Great Isn't Just About Losing Weight by Mimi Spencer- I love the concept--dressing to flatter, having confidence, etc. I was dismayed, however, to find that there was also quite a bit about, you guessed it, losing weight.

The Carousel by Belva Plain- Yeah it's melodramatic and dated and trashy, but it's still fun to read! This is one of those books you're a little embarrassed by, but we all need to read one of them once in a while!


Bethany said...

Thanks again, Susan! I don't have time to browse the shelves anymore, so I'm relying heavily on your suggestions. :)

Angela Pea said...

Oh - I really liked "Her Fearful Symmetry", too. Thanks for the other recommendations.

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo! More toilet pics on that Sleeping Naked blog, lol. and a pretty funny picture of a cartoon dude doing a poo, lol. The proper way to poo!!

I saved the blog link. That looks like something I'd really enjoy. I'll see if the library has the book.


Lorelei said...

What is the subject of the Lace Reader exactely? The title is tempting... Thx!

Janey said...

You don't need to read books that have anything to do with dieting, if the pics on your blog really are you, you are beautiful just as you are!! You have a great sense of what makes you look good, just get out there and know you are stylish and fab!!