Monday, January 2, 2012

Late Homework Assignment

I just found a half-written book post I started ages ago.  Without further ado, here is what I had done!

The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls by Wendy Delsol:  I liked this book, but it's been so long since I read it, I don't remember much about it.  I guess that says something, hmm.  Okay, it was a perfectly good time-filler, but not outstanding.

1105 Yakima Street and 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber:  I should be am ashamed of myself for wasting time on such drivel. 

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky: Now this book is different!  Really quirky and sort of disturbing, but a compelling read.

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: I had to see what all the fuss was about.  Surprisingly, I liked The Hunger Games enough to read on in the series, but Catching Fire didn't seem to break any new ground.  Suzanne Collins has a really unimpressive website considering how successful she is!

Mrs. Tim of the Regiment by D. E. Stevenson:  Enjoyed other Mrs. Tim books much more than this first one.  I'm glad I read those first or I'd have never continued!

Who was Changed and Who was Dead by Barbara Comyns: This is an older book that's been re-released, and boy is it strange!  Good-strange, though. 

Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson:  Speaking of strange...  This one didn't do it for me.  Managed to finish it, but just barely.

The Faithful Place by Tana French: I picked this up when I felt like I needed an easy read, and it fit the bill.  I got a kick out of the dialogue, as it's very Irish, with plenty of colorful expressions!

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos:  Couldn't wait for this to come out, as I usually like her books.  Very disappointing.  Had a hard time finishing. 

French Leave by Anna Gavalda: I was trying to think of how to describe this.  Instead of it being like reading a book, it was like reading a piece of writing.  I don't know if that makes any sense, but it's the best I can do!  Not unpleasant, just nothing to sink into.

Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays by Joel Waldfogel: This isn't a funny, lighthearted book about consumption.  It's very economics assignment, so beware!  The premise is that the utility of presents received is never going to approach the utility of things you buy for yourself, thus presents are ineffecient.  I agree, but it makes for a boring book!

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan: Hillary Jordan is the author of the amazing Mudbound, so when I heard she had a new book out I was excited.  Then I read about the book and thought it sounded way too science fiction-y for my tastes.  I finally gave in and tried it and loved it. 

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris:  On the other hand, I am not much for vampire books, and this did nothing to change my mind.  I read it purely for the sake of doing readers' advisory at the library, and I hated every page.


Anita said...

Interesting list, I appreciate that you share your thoughts on each. Just for kicks, here is what I have loaded on my device this week:

-Whose Body? Lord Peter Wimsey Series, Book 1; by Dorothy L. Sayers
-The Cat Who Said Cheese, Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit Series, Book 18; by Lilian Jackson Braun
-Bet Against the House, Freddie O'Neal Mystery Series, Book 5; by Catherine Dain
-Mausoleum, Ben Abbott Mystery Series, Book 5; by Justin Scott
-The Winter Garden Mystery, Daisy Dalrymple Series, Book 2; by Carola Dunn

Yep, I am currently into light mysteries! I have read several of the Daisy Dalrymple books and many of the Cat Who.. series (but oh so long ago!), just recently started the series on Freddie O'Neal.

And that is my contribution! :D

Darling Petunia said...

I do see you like mysteries! I do too, but I go in streaks. :)