Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Hookup Artist

The Hookup Artist by Tucker Shaw

My friend m. warned me that this book wasn't as cute as I would want it to be, but the prospect of a guy who sets up all his friends and finally falls for one of the guys he is trying to set up was just too delicious to pass up. But she was right, as always, and while this was a good read, it wasn't the escapism-happiness I was looking for.

I checked it out. 197 pgs.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Icing on the Lake

Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark
Cute teen romance, with ice skating, and brothers.
342 pgs

Sunday, September 17, 2006

True Confessions

True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas
The diary of an actress who left 6 months in rehab to live in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attend highschool as a normal teenage girl, which may be her most challenging role yet. Great movie references, and real people instead of stereotypes. I checked it out. 260 pgs.

Also, I listened to The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King, narrated by Jenny Sterlin, which was even better than I remembered it. Sometimes I worry that most of my knowledge of the world comes from fiction, even my knowledge of literature. My conception of Sherlock Holmes and his cohorts is from novels that pretend that the Conan Doyle stories are fiction and that Holmes and Watson were real. 13.75 hrs.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Nick and Norah's infinite playlist

Nick and Norah's infinite playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This book takes place in one night, and I read it in a single sitting. Nick and Norah are straight edge Bridge and Tunnel teens who start their night with a kiss that begins their adventure.
Fabulous music references thoughout. I checked it out. 183 pgs.

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
Ruby McQueen has fallen for the rich bad boy on the motorcycle, and she can't get him out of her head. Her librarian mother makes her attend her book group, the Casserole Queens, and the old people there try to help.
I checked it out. 308 pgs.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is an excellent combination of chick lit, British fiction and a Napoleonic-Era Regency Romance. Hooray! I just listened to the book on CD again, and it was fabulous. I originally reviewed it for Papercuts. 14 hours.

I also read The 5 people you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Even though I would be lying if I said I didn't appreciate a good tearjerker now and again, I had trouble concentrating on the deeper meaning through my sobs. Hopefully at my book group today I can figure out the book more clearly. 196 pgs.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Dead Beat

The Dead Beat was one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read, but mainly because I like obituaries. 256 pgs.

I reviewed Ready or Not? by – Chris Manby for fresh fiction. The reappearance of an old college flame, and a eye-brow-less rugby-playing fiance can cause pre-wedding jitters.
336 pgs.

I Told You I Was Sick

Isn't that just the best book title ever?
I Told You I Was Sick: A Grave Book of Curious Epitaphs collects humorous gravestone writing, mainly from Britain and American, with interesting background research and explanations.
I told you I was sick.
I checked it out. 286 pages.

A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman
Another teen romantic comedy from Simon Pulse publishing. Norah needs an extacurricular for her college application, so she starts a book club at the coffee shop where her best friend has a crush on a barista, secretly hoping to get some 'extracurricular' activity of her own with another adorable guy who shows up to the first book club meeting.
I checked it out. 234 pgs.