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12:31 pm: what I've been reading
I’ve been using the library more (especially online, though I still prefer real books to electronic ones, dammit), so I know I’ve forgotten a few things* I’ve read. Oops.

Ames & Haber’s Your Seven-Year-Old: Life in a Minor Key was not as helpful (well... at least not as practical) as Ames’ book about 2-year-olds, but I suspect that’s because there’s not much you can do about a 7YO except be patient, listen, and not take it personally. :sigh:

Having so thoroughly enjoyed Austen’s Sense & Sensibility and Emma, I recently re-read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Oh dear. In historical context, it’s certainly an important novel, but it’s just not, erm… not… that interesting. Especially the first half. Yikes. My memory of it was very fond; I shudder to think of the person I was to find it so marvelous.

Dunno how I missed Jude Deveraux’ Legend, as I thought I’d read everything she’s written. It includes time travel, which I think Deveraux does well (Remembrance is good; A Knight in Shining Armor is probably my favorite). She’s not a Gabaldon, but her books are quite different from Gabaldon’s (and significantly shorter, which limits the room to develop things & all). Fun read.

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl got excellent reviews and I found it mostly lived up to them. A more twisty mystery than it first appears (wife disappears after a clearly faked robbery, presumed murdered by husband), it kept me interested throughout. But for all that, I was disappointed in the ending.

Lori Foster’s Run the Risk is a silly adventure-romance with implausible characters, a ridiculous plot, and OK sex. There are no egregious grammatical errors and it moved along, however, so I’d put it in the “meh” pile.

I think Ben Goldacre recommended Huff’s How to Lie with Statistics, but maybe Amazon recommended it when I was looking at Ben Goldacre’s books. Dunno. In any case, it’s a short, sweet little book that delivers on its title. Good stuff. I was especially impressed that it wasn’t filled with horrid, sexist examples, despite being written in 1954. Well done, Huff! May your legacy live on! (er… not the lying, which he doesn’t actually do [but many others sadly do, dagnabbit], but understanding the potential for misleading the innumerate.)

I don’t remember Linda Lael Miller’s The Creed Legacy, but there it is in my “already read this” pile. Hmmph. I guess I must’ve read it, but even reading the back gave me no clues. This is not a good sign. I hate to give up on Miller – she’s so very prolific that she’s kept me supplied with silly romances for several months – but I think I may have to. Though if the choice is this completely forgettable fluff and Jane Eyre… I think I’ve done my time with Victorian Lit.

I finally read Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series when a friend lent me the third book. So of course I had to read the first and second before the third. I’m glad I also read the last, as it’s the best, I think. They’re reasonably well written, compelling enough in their way, and utterly silly. The characters are fairly well drawn, but idiotic. Stephen King said it best when he compared Twilight to Harry Potter: "Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend."

I liked the last book the best because it’s the only one where the protagonist (er… what’s-her-name) has powers (like everyone else), instead of being a strong-willed, weak-bodied, super-dependent cupcake.

Rick Riordan’s The Mark of Athena is a fine addition to the Heroes of Olympus series. Annabeth is more central to the story than in the previous books, which I like. Teddy hasn’t finished the last one, so hasn’t started this yet. He doesn’t have much patience with the relationship aspects, which are the same bits I like best (the perils of reading kid lit).

Nora Roberts’ Mysterious is a collection of three fairly interesting Harlequins. Good writing, outrageous plots, reasonably compelling characters, virtually no sex. Good bathtub read.

Sherryl Woods’ Where Azaleas Bloom is a longer-form Harlequin. Well written, interesting characters, routine (but not absurd, which is sometimes a selling point), little sex. Another one for the tub. The romance equivalent of a cozy mystery - not challenging, inoffensive, but kinda.. .cozy.

* Books, I mean. I never write about magazines and such, do I? I have print subscriptions to Newsweek, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Harvard Business Review, Parents, Brain/Child, Cooks Illustrated, Nutrition Action, Consumer Reports, CR Health News thingy, and ΦΚΦ Forum. I occasionally buy other magazines (trashy ones, mostly), and often read random things at the gym (Cosmo, Redbook, Sports Illustrated, Bloomberg, Money, Sheepdog Rescue [I wish that were a lie]). Tracking what I read online would be even more insane.

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Date:October 19th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)

I love that you read a bit of everything

I really don't know how you manage to fit in so much reading time, but I really enjoy your book reviews. I've been in a bit of a slump reading-wise for a while now- for both brainy and trashy books. And I dunno why. When I read your reviews, it makes me _think_ about picking up a book again.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Twilight series, but I can pick them apart piece by piece.
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Date:October 19th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)


Wow, geez... that really makes me feel good. I love books and am beyond thrilled if I can do anything to bring someone along for the ride.

You made my day!
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