Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Been Reading?

Yikes-o-rama! I need to get cracking on a book post!

Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith: I don't care if it's similar to the 44 Scotland Street series. My undying love for AMS (with the usual disclaimer about the Isabel Dalhousie novels) lives on.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard: My mom really liked this book. Me? Not so much. It struck me as a slightly fleshed out cowboy romance novel.

If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous: It had a few clumsy moments, but overall I enjoyed it.

This is first I've heard of ganguro fashion in Japan. Weird.

Maisie Dobbs and Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear: YES! I have finally found another mystery series to read! These remind me very much of my beloved Molly Murphy mysteries. Whee!

A Lost Wife's Tale by Marion McGilvary: I can't remember much about this book. I'm afraid that doesn't say much to recommend it, does it? (Cute website though.)

Still Alice by Lisa Genova: Don't read this if you're worried about getting Alzheimer's. Maybe I am getting Alzheimer's and that's why I can't remember that other book.

Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House by Meghan Daum: No. No no no no. I just didn't like this one bit. I expected a book about house hunting, not Meghan Daum's psyche.

Every Crooked Nanny by Kathy Hogan Trocheck aka Mary Kay Andrews: Vacation book! Actually not a bad little mystery. I would read more from this series. (Her blog also looks quite interesting!)

Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah: I try to read some of the books from the high school summer reading lists each summer. This is one I've had on my shelf for ages, and I decided to take it along on the trip. Well, I wish I could give it an enthusiastic recommendation when kids come in looking for their summer reading books, but I thought it was boring. I'm sorry. I feel badly about this one.

Echoes by Maeve Binchy: Another author who feels like an old, familiar sweater. I always enjoy a Binchy. Love the updated cover! She has a new book coming out in March--wheee!

And now for the non-starters, a couple of titles I just couldn't get into:

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais: This book met with all sorts of critical success, but I couldn't get past page 45. And I usually like books with Anthony Bourdain blurbs on the cover. I think it was too "foodie" for me.

1 comment:

Sherry from Alabama said...

I always enjoy your book reviews and have read several books you have recommended. I am enjoying "Austenland" by Shannon Hale right now. I'll probably finish it today.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine