Style on a Shoestring by Andy Paige: I don't know if I really learned any money-saving tips from this book, but it includes good information about choosing clothes that fit well and flatter. Also check out the Cents of Style website.
Gunn's Golden Rules by Tim Gunn: I love Tim, but the book seemed a little unfocused. Still, it's not long, and he's delightful, so worth checking out of the library.
No Place Like Home: a Memoir in 39 Apartments by Brooke Berman: I grabbed this book because of its cover, but once I read more about it, I didn't expect to like it. Surprise--I liked it quite a bit. There are, perhaps, a few too many references to playwright prizes she's won (ahem), but I like her.
Series Mysteries: Tea mysteries, coffee mysteries, herb mysteries. None were standouts, but they are easy, comfy reads when I'm just not sure what I want or can't get into anything else.
Vintage Mysteries: Okay, that's not really a genre, but I'm using it anyway.
Pass the Gravy by A. A. Fair: First published in 1960, and boy does it show! Fun to read, just as a period piece.
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman: First published in 1966. This is the first book in the still-popular Mrs. Pollifax series. If you're unfamiliar with Mrs. P, she's a grandmother who is kind of at loose ends, so she goes to the CIA and asks for a job. Due to a mix up, they send her on assignment. Funny book.
Juvenile Titles: Unfortunately, I thought they were both boring and didn't finish either one.
Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now by Lauren Child: I still love Lauren Child's illustrations and Lola is my fashion icon, but this lacked a spark.
A Tugging String: A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era by David Greenberg: Just bo-ring. Ugh. Stay away!
Life Sentences by Laura Lipmann: Something was just off about this book. As I was reading it, I kept thinking, "Why am I finishing this?" but I plowed through. Do I get a gold star?
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: I read this because it's on one of our school reading lists, and I try to familiarize myself with a few of the titles every year. Like many others, I had a hard time with the naivete of the narrator. I guess it has its place in Holocaust literature, but I expected something stronger.
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane: Once I started reading, I realized I'd read this before. It's a good book (and it was the only unread book I had with me on the trip), so I read it again!
Page from a Tennessee Journal by Francine Thomas Howard: Okay, so it's another book about a struggling farm family and race relations, but it's a good one! I really wish this had a better cover, because I think people are skipping over it at the library. Try it!
1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber: I know, I know, I should be ashamed of myself, but I am completely addicted to the Cedar Cove series.
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok: I read this a long time ago and could have sworn I'd blogged it, but now I can't find it, so forgive me if I'm repeating myself. While I liked the book, I really wish there had been more to it. I wanted more details, more description. Still worthwhile.