Monday, May 31, 2010

Shopaholic and Baby (Sophie Kinsella)

What's not to love about a new Becky Bloomwood nay Brandon book? I mean really. This is one of my most favorite light literature series of all time. It helps that I listened to the last book and the reader had the BEST voice (in terms of match to character). Now when I read this book, I heard it in that voice which enhanced the experience.

The book was adorable and everything I've come to expect from the series.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Body Surfing (Anita Shreve)

An interesting read with a twist ending almost worthy of Piccoult. I love that Anita Shreve writes about the same area in New Hampshire in each book and loves that she reveals that several books were set in the same beach house as this. I'd recommend this book, I even liked the choppy narrative style.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Trouble (Kate Christensen)

I've never read any of her books before and didn't seek this one out - I just saw it on a display shelf at the library and grabbed it to read.

I thought the book was OK. I loved the descriptions of Mexico City, save the bullfight which just grossed me out, but the main character was a little too, blase, for my tastes. For instance, at said bullfight, she totally dismissed whatever squeamishness she has about the event with the rationalization that it would have happened whether she was there or not.

Beyond that though, the novel is interesting. It had a shocking opening, with the main character looking at herself in the mirror and realizing that she needed to leave her loveless marriage. Interesting, but bizarre.

The other thing that seemed weird was how easily everything was resolved. The book isn't neat by any means, but Josie finds is simple to step out of her marriage, simple to deal with the entanglements and ultimately tragedy that is her trip to Mexico and even deals with her massive estrangement from her daughter in a relatively simplistic manner. But maybe this is just an extension of the blase remark above.

In any event, it's a quick read and the lot is interesting. I just didn't love the characters.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

World Without End (Ken Follett)

So this book should count as at least three reads. Really. It's the sequel to Pillars of the Earth which I read two years ago during a weeklong vacation. Couldn't put down the first one and the same was true for this one, which was set 200 years after the first book and spans a generation and a half.

I love these books, for the sheer scope and plot. The dialogue and writing is not that tight - Follett normally (or at least used to) write thrillers and the language is pretty much what you'd expect from them. However, I wonder if his background in that genre is what makes these books a compelling read.

Whatever it is, I recommend them. A!