Thursday, January 17, 2008

I'm reading, I swear...

First off, a little escapism with Rogue's Lady by Julis Justiss - a bonafide Harlequin regency romance. I checked it out; 377 pages.

Then, two books in quick succession for book groups - Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, which was a delicious re-read that I savored page by page. Seriously, that lady can sure turn a phrase, and some of the dialogue makes me laugh out loud, or run into the other room to read it to the spouse. I read my paperback copy from high school -- 315 pages.

On Monday, Lit with Lunch discussed Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, which was also a re-read although a different kind of enjoyment (French realism is not for everyone.) I think I was more shocked at the sex scenes now than I was when I as assigned to read it when I was 14 (or I understood more of the innuendo anyway). Seriously, who carries out their adulterous affair on a bench at the back of their husband's garden? Tacky and uncomfortable, that's what I say. I will admit that in the 15 years since I last read the book that the never-ending carriage ride tryst through the streets got a whole lot funnier though. I read my tattered paperback copy from high school - 322 pages.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

YA reads

The Alison Rules by Catherine Clark
I picked this one up after reading Frozen Rodeo earlier this month, and it was also delightful, although much more of a tearjerker than I was expecting. Highly recommended though!
264 pages.

If We Kiss by Rachel Vail
For a book with a bright pink cover that I thought was going to be delicious gossip about a couple falling in love while their divorced parents did the same, this turned out to be a surprisingly sweet and very insightful look at ...well...fluttery emotions in one's tummy that lead to misbehavior at the most innocent of levels.
259 pages.