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Reading update

August 3, 2005

Well, I’m still searching for what happened to my summer. If anyone finds it please let me know.

While I’ve been searching I’ve also been reading. I haven’t read as many books as this same time last year, but I’m pushing hard to get close.

I finished Conspiracy in Death by Robb. I didn’t care for this one as much as I have some of the previous ones. For some reason I had trouble getting my brain to engage, and realize that I did know what the words on the page meant, and even worse than that that I truly did know how to read. At some points it seemed like I was just staring at the page wondering what those marks on the page were. Once I got my brain to function properly(yes, some of you might argue that it’s still not doing so) I was able to read the book. I do firmly believe this brain glitch detracted from my fully enjoying Conspiracy in Death.

From there I read First Kiss by Kylie Adams. This is is the second book in the Bridesmaid Chronicles, and one that did nothing for me personally. The heroine is self centered, and if she had been more humane so to speak there would have been no story.

I did enjoy Balancing In High Heels by Eileen Rendahl. The heroine has an anger managemetn issue, and there are tips for dealing with anger at the beginning of each chapter. There is also a bit of her workbook responses at the beginning of each chapter. I had told the dinner club that a different book I bought was very Jewish, and I worried how that would affect sales. This book is also a Jewish Heroine, but one I felt that more people could relate to. I should also mention that this is probably classified as chick lit, but I had read the author’s previous book and enjoyed, so was really looking forward to this one.

My final read for July was Confessions of a Lingerie Addict by Jennifer Ashley. This was written in first person for the most part, which I know a lot of people don’t care for. Doesn’t bother me. An insecure heroine who decides to buy sexy lingerie after what she thinks was a one night stand with an unknown man. I thought this was a good read, and one that many might also consider to be chick lit.

Now I’m reading The Nosy Neighbor by Fern Michaels.

Have a great week.


Reading Update

June 12, 2005

Being on summer break from school has helped my reading a lot! During the school year the house suffers because of the hectic schedule, and now it’s suffering because I can’t tear myself away from my reading pile.

Since last I updated I finished Sweetgrass by Mary Alice Monroe. I’m told that this author had veered into stories that were very focused on conservation issues. Sweetgrass was not that type of book. It was a story of family. I personally found it to be a wonderful story of a family torn apart by tragedy, and in the end brought back together to fend off yet another tragedy that could have ultimately torn them apart forever. I’m a cryer, and if a book touches me deeply will cry as it winds down. I didn’t cry over Sweetgrass, but have to say if I were a keeper I would be adding another title to my keeper shelf!

From Sweetgrass I decided that I needed something a little more suspensful. I’m still slowly but surely working my way through a first time read of the In Death books by J.D. Robb AKA Nora Roberts. I just read Holiday in Death. I first read Naked in Death as a group read with some friends, because we all had it and were all putting it off. None of us thought we’d enjoy it. One friend was totally hooked, and read all of them right in a row. Now she buys them as soon as they’re out in hardcover and devours them. The other friend is about 3 books ahead of me in the series, but as she doesn’t read quickly there’s a slight chance I could overtake her. As you see I’ve still a ways to go!

Next up decided I wanted something that I could read in maybe a day. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks has been calling my name for quite some time. When he published his first book The Notebook I was gifted with it, and hooked. Once upon a time his books didn’t languish in my TBR pile, but now unfortuantely they do. Towards the end of The Wedding I did get teary eyed, but managed to not let those tears spill out.

After a quick shopping trip with a friend today I’ve finished The Wedding. Really enjoyed it, and have to hunt down the other book I have by Sparks in my pile. Found out he has a new one coming out in September, and wonder if I could get caught up by then.

Now I’m reading Riggs Park by Ellyn Bache. I’ve only read a few pages, and really can’t comment. I do know the main character is 50 something, and of Jewish descent. So watch this space, and I’ll be back to post more about it.

Those who know who they are will have to forgive me for not posting images or links as that still seems to be something I don’t understand. Maybe one day we’ll manage a time that they can give me a lesson.

Reading Update

May 18, 2005

I finished Snowed In by Christina Bartolomeo. I knew it wasn’t romance, but more like women’s fiction, so wasn’t expecting a happy ending. I was however primed for an ending that left me feeling satisfied. I turned the last page(didn’t know it was the last page at the time) and went HUH? I can’t quite express it, but the final paragraph doesn’t leave you to believe it’s truly the fnal paragraph.

After finishing Snowed In I chose to read A Date With The Other Side by Erin McCarthy. In between band concerts, and suffering the yuch brought on by my allergies I managed to finish it in the wee hours before work this morning. I really enjoyed this one. It was my first read by this author, and I’m pleased to announce I have at least one more in the TBR pile. A Date With The Other Side does have a paranormal element in it, and while it plays a big part in the story line I didn’t feel like it was so highlighted that the book could have been classified as paranormal.

Now I’m undecided about what to read. So I’ll sign off, and go through the TBR pile.

Happy reading to all!


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