Bookish Gifts 2010 – Bookish Wreath Snowflake Ornament Thingy

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2010 by sherid

Kinda Cute, I think. Find it here. ref=sr_list_2&ga_search_query=book+paper+wreath&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Posted in The Line on December 7, 2010 by sherid

Amazon.com Review

Product Description
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

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What I liked:  Well, this was definitely a page turner.  I read this very fast, and stayed up past midnight to finish it which I never do, because sleep is precious people, I mean really.  It has a good build up to a crazy plot twist, and it really delivers on the mystery and suspense level, however I’m not sure I would have passed this off as literary fiction.  Which brings me too…

What I didn’t like:  The dialog in the book is pretty bad, especially the parts in which she is talking to her shrink (whom we never hear one peep from the entire book, she could have been talking to the wall for all we know).  First off, she sounds like some 1950’s police detective…Say Doc, you must think I’m a really screwed up broad eh???  Not a quote but an example, it was almost laughable.  Also, I felt the book teetered on voyeurism at times.  I caught myself wondeing, why do I want to read in such detail about a woman being tortured, beaten, and raped repeatedly?  Am I weird?  I dunno, sometimes it made me feel dirty is all I’m saying.

Recommend?  Sure, it’s a good read that will keep you engrossed, but go into like you might be reading a mass market paperback that someone lent you, don’t expect a Booker Prize winner, but yet still a couple of levels above James Patterson.

 

 

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2010 by sherid

Two Words: Read it.

Triple Play – Sedaris, Lippman, and Bennett

Posted in Hot Tip, Score, The Line on November 16, 2010 by sherid

I’ve been reading so much and so fast it’s hard to keep up with the blogging.  Today I’m just gonna do a quick and dirty triple play on three books that I have read recently, starting with Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk:  A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris.

Biased.  That’s what I am when it comes to David Sedaris.  I love, Love, LURVE him.  In his latest book he takes a shot at Aesop’s Fables, Sedaris style.  I read this quickly, mostly while taking a long bath.  I enjoyed it, it was clever but not as laugh out loud funny as I’d expected.  I can’t help thinking that I only liked it because I am such a Sedaris fan girl, otherwise I may have chunked it.

Next up, I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman.  I have read a couple of books by Lippman, and this was far and away my favorite.  It’s about a woman who was abducted for the entire Summer when she was 15 years old.  Now 38, she gets a letter from her abductor who has been living on death row and is about to be executed.   Now, she must decide whether or not to communicate with her abductor.  The novel is interesting because it really is a psychological study into how individuals react in dangerous situations.  This book reminded me of something that happened in my hometown many years ago.  A police officer went on a rampage, pulled over and raped 2 women, and then went into a local bank and shot one teller in the head and held the rest  hostage.  One of them was a girlfriend of a guy I knew, a friend of mine.  They always struck me as a funny pair, he was so charismatic and funny, and she was so quiet, never said a word.  After it was over, and stories from the bank emerged, it turns out she had survived by literally chatting up the officer.  She talked to him, said she had a cousin on the force, offered to get him a soda.  She was the first one released as a hostage.  Weird, but that story kept coming to mind as I was reading this book.  Interesting read.

And finally we come to An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.  The queen has a new hobby and it’s reading!  Unfortunatly, hobbies are rather frowned upon for queens.  I would review this myself, but feel it could only be done properly with a Brittish accent so I leave it in the good hands of Completely Novel’s video blog:  Carry on!

Hope you enjoyed my triple play.  Soon to come are my thoughts on The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Versailles by Kathryn Davis, and Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

Poetry Drop by Matthew Rohrer

Posted in Poetry Drop on November 10, 2010 by sherid

This was the poem of the day from Poets.org today, and I thought it was kinda sweet.  Here it is.  Enjoy.

 

The Emperor
by Matthew Rohrer

She sends me a text

she’s coming home

the train emerges

from underground
I light the fire under

the pot, I pour her

a glass of wine

I fold a napkin under

a little fork
the wind blows the rain

into the windows

the emperor himself

is not this happy

In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 by sherid

Amazon.com Review

Bill Bryson follows his Appalachian amble, A Walk in the Woods, with the story of his exploits in Australia, where A-bombs go off unnoticed, prime ministers disappear into the surf, and cheery citizens coexist with the world’s deadliest creatures: toxic caterpillars, aggressive seashells, crocodiles, sharks, snakes, and the deadliest of them all, the dreaded box jellyfish. And that’s just the beginning, as Bryson treks through sunbaked deserts and up endless coastlines, crisscrossing the “under-discovered” Down Under in search of all things interesting.
 
What I liked:  Bryson is a funny guy, he revels in his self deprecating style of humor which makes him always seem like an alien in a strange land.  He cracks me up with his snarky wit and hilarious imagery.
 
“If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles, or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback .”
 
I also learned a great deal about Australia, its wacky topography and  deadly animals. 
 
What I didn’t like:  I’ll be perfectly candid here, and say I didn’t really love this book.  I found many chapters to be honestly quite boring and droll.  I ended up skimming a decent amount.  I wish he  would have talked more about the animals and culture of Australia and a little less about the history, because lets face it – Australia has lived a peaceful existence for many years, no wars, no coups, no civil unrest – how interesting can that be?  That being said, I do plan to keep reading and following Bill Bryson.  I have heard that the book he wrote about England – Notes from a Small Island, is really good so maybe I’ll try that one next.
 
What about you?  Have you read this book?  Did you like it or not?  What’s you favorite Bryson book?

This is ME right now! and I couldn’t be happier.

Posted in Home Field Advantage on October 29, 2010 by sherid