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2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows. I haven’t been doing much reading lately, and this one was not my cup of tea.
The Widow of The South: Robert Hicks. I found this book to be dull and plodding; very difficult to get into. The only reason I stuck it out was for book club. However, after finishing it, I was glad I read it. I came away with a new perspective on why it is so important to continue tending to the Civil War battlefield grave sites.
Tailchaser’s Song: Tad Williams. My kids are absolutely in love with the Warriors series of books about adventuring cat clans. It reminded me of this book I read quite a while ago, and I decided I needed to revisit it. A charming tale about a cat on a quest to find something lost along with an epic good vs. evil battle.
A Brief History of the Dead: Kevin Brockmeier. Uhhhhh. Hmmm. Interesting concept three quarters of the way through, but the ending? Left much to be desired.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Betty Smith. The classic novel about a girl coming of age at the turn of the 20th century. While I understand its appeal, I found it to be plodding and slow reading.

2008

The Doomsday Book: Connie Willis. This is, by far, one of the better books I have read this year. Connie Willis’ novels have a dry British wit that takes a little while to catch onto in her writing. Once in, you will find the story and characters engaging and endearing. This is a simple time-travel tale with heart; by forcing us to challenge our fears, it requires us to appreciate what allows us to survive and continue on in spite of the worst.
The Accidental Time Machine: Joe Haldeman. A very simple, yet engaging, little time travel story from a washed-up grad student’s perspective. Not terribly deep.
The Stand: Expanded Edition: Stephen King. I originally read The Stand back in 1981. Just like then, I still feel the first quarter of the book is the absolute best. The rest of it was okay. In my opinion the expanded edition doesn’t add all that much valuable content.
City of Ember: Jeanne DuPrau . After my son enthusiastically described this novel for young people, I was eager to read it. I found it somewhat disappointing; the plot was slow and the ending was flat. I do not like it when authors write intentionally for the sequel. Sometimes they are focusing so much on getting a series out of it, they forget to write a good, stand-alone, novel.
Nefertiti: Michelle Moran. This was a very well written novelization of Nefertiti’s reign in ancient egypt. The inner dynamics of the Pharoah’s courts, intrigue, jockeying for power and the repercussions were fascinating. Moran has a knack for illustrating the story with intricate details, but without overwhelming the reader. Plus, the novel’s plot was very fast-paced, never boring.
The Lady and the Unicorn: Tracy Chevalier. For some reason, I remember liking this one the first time I read it. I must have been nuts.
Breaking Dawn: Stephenie Meyer. The fourth, and final, book in the series. This one was going in a direction that I did not like (in fact I did not like the idea of it for the entire time I read this series). However, the author was able to completely suck me in and resolve my unease and heartily accept it. I cannot talk about this one without spoilers. Just read them.
Eclipse: Stephenie Meyer. The third book in this completely addictive series. I did no chores in my house.
Sandrine’s Letter To Tomorrow: Dedra Johnson. Sandrine is a little girl of 10, growing up in New Orleans and Mississippi. Her mother resents her and abuses her, her neighbors and classmates ostracize her due to her light skin, and Sandrine spends her lonely hours trying to make sense of the way she is treated by her mother and predatory men.
New Moon: Stephenie Meyer. This is the second book in the Twilight series. I liked it even better than the first one. Now I cannot wait to sink my fangs into the last two books.
Twilight: Stephenie Meyer. After reading and hearing many glowing recommendations for this series of books, I could no longer resist. I found this book to be great big fun. While the logistics of loving a vampire freak me out a tad, I still want everything to work out.
Fearless Fourteen: Janet Evanovich. This book is one of many in a series of the type my mom and I refer to as jelly beans. Jelly bean books are wonderful, escapism. As a jelly bean is not a gourmet dessert, a book such as this is not deep literature. But they are fun, and tasty, and you can’t have just one.
Seeker: Jack McDevitt. I checked this one out of the library at the same time as Infinity Beach. In it, the characters from Polaris return. They may have discovered a lost civilization, descended from a group of colonists that left Earth thousands of years earlier. This novel had an interesting twist at the end. I still think his writing is pretty weak in the sci-fi area, but as my mother would say, it’s entertaining enough for bathtub reading.
Infinity Beach: Jack McDevitt. I decided to give McDevitt another try in spite of my dissapointment with Polaris earlier. This novel, about a possible alien encounter, was fairly intriguing and fun. Like Polaris, the main character was a woman thrown into a mystery of sorts, revolving around the disappearance of her sister decades earlier. Once I wrapped my brain around the concept this is really more of a mystery story wrapped in the trappings of a sci-fi universe, I was able to enjoy it.
The Book of Lost Things: John Connolly. I must say that I very much enjoyed this novel. I have never picked up anything by Connolly, but I will again. His style was fluid and never stalled. The story is about a boy whose feeling unwanted after the death of his mother. He is mystically transported into a fairy tale land where the tales aren’t so childlike. A little bit unnerving and melancholy, but a good solid enjoyable book.
The Last Days: Scott Westerfeld. Bad Sequel, No! Bad, bad. This boring, pedantic attempt at teen groovyness is a sequel to the much better novel, Peeps. Don’t bother.
Whipping Star: Frank Hebert. This short novel is another example of Frank Hebert’s prowess at believable universe-building. In it, we encounter several unique sentient species, all cooperating to stop the death of super-being called Fannie Mae. If Fannie Mae does, so do all the sentient beings in her universe that are somehow connected to her. Fannie Mae is being whipped to death by a horrifically evil group that somehow think this is to their benefit.
Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell. This classic is a must-read. We give up our rights to information and privacy so willingly. Perhaps you wouldn’t be if you studied this work. Additionally, this novel is so well-written you would not imagine that it has been 60 years since it was first published.
Polaris: Jack McDevitt. This is the first novel that I have read by this particular author. I thought the plot was extremely weak and superficial. It just wasn’t as engaging as I expected. Much too much of the text was dedicated to the female character’s observations on fashion – not quite what I want in a sci-fi adventure. I had heard better things about this author, so I will give him another try.
The Jesus Incident: Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom. This sci-fi novel about humans struggling to conquer a harsh planet so that they have a place to survive was written nearly 30 years ago. I read it as a teenager and really loved it. I tracked down a copy (it is out of print) to re-read. Amazingly, it still holds up well today. It did not seem dated at all. The Jesus Incident reminds us that to be human we need to learn we are all of one body.
The Raw Shark Texts: Steven Hall. Eric Sanderson awakens on the floor of his room not knowing who or where he is. Eventually, he learns he is being hunted by a conceptual shark, a creature that evolved from the connection of words, ideas and people. The shark devours him by taking his memories, although he perceives it as a real animal, complete with his living room turning into an ocean. This is, by far, the weirdest book I’ve read this year.
The Blood Of Flowers: Anita Amirrezvani. This book was a surprisingly quick read about a young girl who suffers misfortune with her family. She learns to make beautiful carpets and lifts herself up. The plot was a little choppy and uneven, the characters were fairly one-dimensional. But, it was still an enjoyable read and would make a good beach book.
1984: George Orwell. This would be the second time that I have read this novel; the first being about 10 years ago. The first half of the book is rich, deeply thoughtful and even the pacing is good. About 2/3 of the way through, some of the philosophical pondering gets a little wearisome. But, then Orwell picks back up with the characters and the events and spins a fantastic yarn about extreme totalitarianism – Totalitarianism that finds its roots in Socialism.
The Thin Man: Dashiell Hammett. Not quite as good as The Maltese Falcon, but still and engaging and delightful diversion.
Neuromancer: William Gibson. Gritty, tough and groundbreaking in his vision of computers in the future. The only really off things were the printers spewing out ribbons of paper. However, portions of the plot were extremely hard to follow or justify. I thought Snow Crash was a little bit better than this one.
The Maltese Falcon: Dashiell Hammett. A superb novel. I absolutely enjoyed reading this one. I can’t wait to read another of Hammett’s works.
The Book Thief: Markus Zusak. This novel about a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany is by far the best book I’ve read to date in 2008. And the killer? It’s narrated by Death. “I traveled the globe . . . handing souls to the conveyor belt of eternity.”
The Mirror: Marlys Millhiser. A story about two women, a grandmother and her granddaughter, who exchange their bodies in time through a magical (or is it posessed?) mirror. While this book was interesting and a good concept, every time I picked it up, I had an uneasy, unnerving feeling. I had a lot of trouble relaxing and enjoying it.
Enchantment: Orson Scott Card. I have enjoyed several books written by OSC. He always has well-developed and intriguing characters that can carry the book, even if the plot does not always do so. Enchantment is a twist on Sleeping Beauty. Ivan, a modern 20th century scholar, becomes transported into 9th century Ukraine, where he kisses and awakens a beautiful, enchanted princess. However, he soon wonders if it really was the smart thing to do. Read this book. It is light, refreshing and fun. Besides, one can never go wrong with talking Bears.
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming: Joshilyn Jackson. I fell in love with Ms. Jackson’s first two books over the past couple of years. They were funny, entertaining, and always had a twist here and there that kept your interest high. While this third novel still has a few similar themes (family ties, secrets, and mother/daughter relationships), it was a much darker story than her first works. At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it; the story started off slowly, and the lack of humor disappointed me. But, about halfway through, the story grabbed me and I found myself staying up later and later just to finish. As usual, this novel was full of well-developed, interesting characters.
The Innocent Man: John Grisham. Grisham tackles a non-fiction story about an innocent man sent to death row. One of the worst books I’ve ever read, Grisham was unable to make even the most innocent of the characters seem sympathetic. It was as if he were merely going through the motions of writing as an exercise, uninspired at best.
Stop Dressing Your 6 Year Old Like a Skank: Celia Rivenbark. This light-hearted collection of essays gives us a glimpse into the life of a slightly aging southern bell coping with motherhood and expectations from her peers.
Nineteen Minutes: Jodi Picoult. The basic event of the novel is a terrifying high school massacre similar to Columbine. We read about the massacre in the first chapter, so I am not spoiling any surprises. The rest of the novel focuses on the events that led up to those minutes as well as the aftermath.I did not enjoy this novel very much. Most of the time, I worried: “What if my child turns out like this one? Or, what if a student where I work decides to go on a rampage?” I just could not get rid of those nagging whispers enough to let go and simply enjoy the reading
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Connie Willis. This time-travel escapade into Victorian England, with a few twists, was very entertaining and engaging. I will definitely try to read more of Ms. Willis’ works, as I found her pacing to be good, her characters strong, and the dialog witty and fun.
1 Dead In Attic . Chris Rose, a resident/columnist out of New Orleans, has published this collection of his own newspaper columns that chronicle the months after Katrina. Due to the newspaper-column style, and the chronological pacing of the sections, it is a unique manner of telling one person’s experience in New Orleans after Katrina. Read it before the movies; because, you know there will be movies. And, you know, the movie makers won’t get it.
Excellent Women is a droll look at a dependable and predictable life through the lives of Mildred, a 30ish British spinster. She is one of the “excellent women” who can be counted upon to step up and do all of the tasks needed by churches, charitable organizations, and helpless, befuddled men.
Three Men in a Boat: This book written over 120 years ago, still holds up. It is funny, witty, sarcastic and charming; a tale of three men, obviously, who take a boat trip up a river in England, visiting and observing towns along the way. Back in the time this book was published, it was quite popular for tourists to travel the same route as our vacationing boaters in the novel. Read it if you are looking for an entertaining, short, wonderful read. This text is also available for free at the Gutenberg Project.
SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully: For the most part, these short essays about life in the south for “southern women” is right on the money. Lighthearted and funny, but may not appeal outside of the region. I especially loved her parenting stories.
Never Let Me Go is one of my recent favorites. I am rereading this for the Dark and Stormy Book Club. It explores the meaning of being human; emotion, soul and death. This is one book that I cannot explain why I am so drawn to the story and the characters. Perhaps because he asks the questions, without direction.
Love in the Time of Cholera: Um. Uh. No. Quite possibly, one of the most disappointing novels I have ever read. I found it ridiculous, annoying and just plain unenjoyable.

2007

Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash
**
I picked this one up based on geek buzz. I did not like it as much as I wanted to, although I really, really enjoyed his use of the “franchise” mentality all through the book. My favorite? The mafia controls the pizza delivery business.
Natasha Trethewey: Native Guard
****
A collection of poetry by a Mississippi native. Won the 2007 Pulitzer; I must say I very much enjoyed reading her work.
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
****
The classic exploration of what it means to be human and the search for the creator. And you must say the title in an exaggerated accent.
Scott Westerfeld: Extras
***
The fourth installment in the Uglies trilogy. Ha ha. Actually, this one is exciting and fast-paced like the first one. I loved how he satirized the idea of face ranks in a “reputation economy.” The higher your face rank (AKA blog ranking) the more you are worth.
Philip K. Dick: The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories
***
Good, paranoid, short stories.
Angie Sage: Magyk
***
One day, at the bookstore, my boy child brought this to me. He said, “You HAVE to read it. You’ll love it.” Guess what? I did love it!
Joel Fuhrman: Eat To Live Ok. So it isn’t fiction. But I did read it cover to cover, so it counts. I learned a lot about nutrition and health; however, I don’t know if I could follow this diet as it is essentially vegetarian.
Dan Simmons: Hard as Nails
**
This is the third installment of Simmons’ novels about a hardened PI named Joe Kurtz. Filled with nasty people, nasty language and nasty scenery – also written with a slightly wry and disturbed sense of humor. These books are not profound, just entertaining.
Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
****
One of our culture’s classic sci-fi novels exploring a dismal future consisting of a decimated earth, very little real life and android conspiracies. It was the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner, but is a much different story.
Sara Gruen: Water For Elephants
**
The details about life in the circus were certainly fascinating, but there was not enough plot to keep this novel from being predictable and somewhat dull.
Margaret Atwood: The Blind Assassin
****
While not an easy book to read due to its complexity, Margaret Atwood has a masterpiece here for us to savor.
John Berendt: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
*
This was a disappointment. After trying to figure out what purpose all of the characters served, I gave up. I think he was parading them all about as if to say, “look how quaint and stupid these little Southern townies are.
Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere
****
After The Road, I had to find something happy, fun, and engaging. This book was it. As always, Gaiman delights us with mystical tales that may not really be so mystical after all.
Cormac McCarthy: The Road
????
I was so disturbed by the premise of the book, that I am not recovered enough to review it. A nightmarish post apocalyptic survival story – and I mean, nightmarish.
J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
***
No spoilers here. I thought she did a good job with the story, and I am happy to have finished it so that no one can accidentally ruin it for me!
Kate Grenville: The Secret River
**
I know this was a Booker Prize short list book, and I know that it has many rave reviews from ordinary people. For whatever reason, I could not get absorbed in this book. I do not know if I was just not in the right mood for it or if the pacing was just so slow it killed the story.
Jasper Fforde: The Big Over Easy
***
Ha ha ha ha ha ha! If you like that sort of thing. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. People who think Monty Python is stupid, need not apply.
Phillip Pullman: The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Book 1
**
An interesting alternative history adventure book set in 18th century England (sort of). A girl finds her destiny trying to save her friend from the Gobblers – they abduct children to perform evil experiments on them. For the “greater good”, of course. I get the feeling this guy doesn’t like the concept of God very much.
Nick Hornby: High Fidelity
**
Nick’s books are better as movies. I don’t know why I keep reading them.
Kathryn Lasky: Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture
***
My son loves this series, and he has been begging me to read them. So, I picked up this first one. The story was much more intense and upsetting that I expected this “children’s” book to be. The horrible treatment the little abducted owlets receive at the hands of the evil owl cult horrified me. This one is not for younger children. I found the story to be engaging and exciting, and I understand why my son loves it.
Jerry Spinelli: Stargirl
***
Another book in my Young Adult binge – I enjoyed this poignant story about a “different” sort of girl. I especially liked that it was told from the point of view of a teenaged boy.
Scott Westerfeld: Midnighters (3): Blue Noon
***
Still fun, still adventure packed and thrilling. I did not like the way it ended, though.
Donna Tartt: The Secret History
***
Well-written. But this weighty story centering around a tight-knit group of soulless students studying greek completely depressed me.
Barry Hanna: Yonder Stands Your Orphan
????
If William Faulkner and Willie Morris produced a child between them, Barry Hannah would be he.
Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
****
Do we live life or survive it? This is the first 4-star book in quite a while.
Diane Setterfield: The Thirteenth Tale
***
At first, I thought I was not liking this book. After about 70 pages in, I decided to give it a few more chapters before giving up. Then suddenly, I realized I was more than halfway through. This book is a dark, brooding, but very interesting story about lost childhoods.
John Gardner: Grendel
***
Every now and then, I pick up a book, read it, only to discover that I think I need a study guide for it. This is one of those books. A very philosophical story about the monster (grendel) in Beowolf, but from the monster’s point of view. He’s half man, half monster – and takes us through several ethics as he matures throughout the story.
Janet Evanovich: Plum Lovin
**
Desperate. This book reads as it it were the cast off ideas from her other (good) books.
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Left hand of Darkness
****
Wow, the second title in a row that ends in “darkness.” I first read this novel as a teenager. Bits and pieces of it have always stuck in my mind, and I always catch myself thinking about it. So, the time has come to re-read it.
Scott Westerfeld: Midnighters (2): Touching Darkness
***
Not as much fun fast paced action as the first book. A little more brooding.
Ted Kooser: Delights & Shadows
***
Yes, I am voluntarily reading a book of poetry. Ted Kooser is/was the Poet Laureate of the US. His poetry rings true, none of that high-falutin’ nonsense that no one understands. His writing exposes the stark contrast between youth and age. Here is one of my favorites:
Biker
Pulling away from a stoplight
with a tire’s sharp bark,
he lifts his scuffed boot and kicks at the air,
and the old dog of inertia gets up with a growl
and shrinks out of the way.
Scott Westerfeld: Midnighters (1): The Secret Hour
***
I am addicted to this writer of teen fiction. The story is fun, fast paced. An appealing adventure, suitable for kids.
P.D. James: The Children of Men
**
First of all, other than the concept of humanity being unable to reproduce, this book is nothing like the movie it spawned. It is dark, depressing, thoughtful, but very dull and plodding. The first half of the book explores the shell that remains of civilization – people just going through the motions. The second half leads us to a new hope for the future, but leaves us with the impression that nothing will really change.
Bill Bryson: A Walk In the Woods
***
The author hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail. The descriptions of the exploits and other people involved are quite funny. But, I will say, the author of this book comes across as one of those people who think that only STUPID folks are residents of the rural deep south. I think he’s just too impatient to “get” the south.
Jane Green: Jemima J
**
About a very large, but very smart and funny woman who at first finds happiness in food, then in obsessive weight loss. The first half of the book was fast-paced, fun to read. The second half, too repetitive, and a descent into moral muckiness. Just not all that interesting really.

(2006)Wow – 34 books this year.

Carl Hiaasen: Skinny Dip Carl Hiaasen: Skinny Dip
Celia Rivenbark: Bless your Heart Tramp Celia Rivenbark: Bless Your Heart Tramp
Jeff Duntemann: The Cunning Blood Jeff Duntemann: The Cunning Blood
Imagine what the world might be like if it were controlled by those “tyrannical” Canadians.
Carl Hiaasen: Sick Puppy Carl Hiaasen: Sick Puppy
I don’t believe this is his best work, but there are some laugh out loud, but sick, moments.
Scott Westerfeld: Peeps Scott Westerfeld: Peeps
Irene Nemirovsky: Suite Française Irene Nemirovsky: Suite Française
Two novellas about WWII written during WWII, by a Jewish Author who died in Aushwitz
Janet Evanovich: Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum Novels) Janet Evanovich: Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum Novels)
David Sedaris: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim David Sedaris: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Scott Westerfeld: Specials (Uglies Trilogy, Book 3) Scott Westerfeld: Specials (Uglies Trilogy, Book 3)
Scott Westerfeld: Pretties (Uglies Trilogy, Book 2) Scott Westerfeld: Pretties (Uglies Trilogy, Book 2)
Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451
Sandy Tolan: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East Sandy Tolan: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Scott Westerfeld: Uglies
Jasper Fforde: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime Jasper Fforde: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Ha ha ha – yeah, I’m weird that way.
Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
I just reread this for my turn to host bookclub. It is definitely great fodder for discussion – a book that really makes you think. (****)
Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson: Peter and the Starcatchers Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson: Peter and the Starcatchers
Yes, *that* dave barry. I got this for my son. He wouldn’t read it. So, I did. I LOVED it. It’s full of great humor, irony. Now my son has picked it up and read half of it overnight. Read it if you ever wonder how Peter Pan got to be Peter Pan. (****)
Gregory Maguire: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Ugh – this one is bogging down in the middle.
Alexander McCall Smith: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) Alexander McCall Smith: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency)
Ok- not the most challenging thing I might pick, but sometimes you just need jelly beans for your brain.
Neil Gaiman: American Gods Neil Gaiman: American Gods
Ancient gods preparing for an epic battle at, of all places, Rock City on Lookout mountain — is just one of the highlights of this odd, but enticing book.
Willie Morris: A Prayer for the Opening of the Little League Season Willie Morris: A Prayer for the Opening of the Little League Season
Sweet – like the 6-4-3 double play. An excellent gift for coaches.
Julia  Alvarez: In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez: In the Time of the Butterflies
An interesting fictional monument to women who fought the dictatorial politics of the Dominican Republic, and died for their cause.
Christopher Moore: A Dirty Job : A Novel Christopher Moore: A Dirty Job : A Novel
A funny little ditty ’bout death. Of course, my family finds death to be somewhat amusing, but not everybody does.
Ian Mcewan: Atonement: A Novel Ian Mcewan: Atonement: A Novel
This is like ” lifting free weights” but for your brain. Get a spotter. Not easy to read, but an amazing book.
Allison Pearson: I Don't Know How She Does It : The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother Allison Pearson: I Don’t Know How She Does It : The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
I don’t usually like chick-lit, too formulaic. But this one was a bit more intelligent – I liked the main character.
Sarah Dunant: In the Company of the Courtesan : A Novel Sarah Dunant: In the Company of the Courtesan : A Novel
Very good writer – take it to the beach this summer!
Lisa See: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan : A Novel Lisa See: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan : A Novel
Sad, but powerful.
Lois Lowry: The Giver Lois Lowry: The Giver
This is an award winning children’s / young adult book. It was extremely good – I will look forward to when my child is old enough to read it, so we can talk about love, pain and moral choices.
Ronlyn Domingue: The Mercy of Thin Air : A Novel Ronlyn Domingue: The Mercy of Thin Air : A Novel
Norah  Vincent: Self-Made Man : One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Norah Vincent: Self-Made Man : One Woman’s Journey into Manhood and Back
This peek into the world of men is well-written, and surprisingly not what I expected.
Nanci Kincaid: As Hot as It Was You Ought to Thank Me : A Novel Nanci Kincaid: As Hot as It Was You Ought to Thank Me : A Novel
I can only give this one 3 stars. It started out well enough and the characters are robust, but they just didn’t mesh together into a great story. Left me unsatisfied in the end.
Frank McCourt: Teacher Man : A Memoir Frank McCourt: Teacher Man : A Memoir
I hated Angela’s Ashes, but liked this better.
Joshilyn Jackson: Gods in Alabama Joshilyn Jackson: Gods in Alabama
At first I did not think I would like it, but it wrapped itself around me like a whole lot of kudzu – I was trapped! ha ha ha – yeah,I’m a freak.
Philippa Gregory: The Other Boleyn Girl Philippa Gregory: The Other Boleyn Girl
Very well written historical fiction. Compelling and exciting.
Gregory Maguire: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister : A Novel Gregory Maguire: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister : A Novel>
You are never too old for fairy tales. This book starts off slow, but picks up as you begin to know and feel for the characters.

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