Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tess Gerritsen

I'm now into Tess. She wrote (writes) medical thrillers and authored the Rizzoli and Isles series. Yes, the one that is on TV. That's how I got on to her. I like the show and decided to try one of the books and I liked it. So I'm reading all the Macon Library has. Now I'm reading "Call After Midnight" a kind of spy thriller. I like the way she writes. Easy read with some excitement and intrigue.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

First new post in years!

Literally. I wanted to start off with a bang, so I'm going to talk about a book I read a couple weeks ago and then passed on to Jeremy. It's a Rex Stout, so probably many of you have already read it, but it's noteworthy I think. I love Rex Stout and have enjoyed every Nero Wolfe book I've been able to get my hands on, but this one really stood out to me. It's called Some Buried Caesar. It's thrilling for long time fans because Archie meets Lilly Rowan near the beginning, and manages to stir up some trouble with her throughout the story. Also fun is the fact that Nero Wolfe leaves his house and then spends most of the story looking for a comfortable chair. There were so many people with motive that I had a very difficult time figuring out the mystery, although Mr. Wolfe had it solved from the beginning. Jeremy and I were both wondering about one part of the book that never were solved. "What's the difference between a Catholic and a river that runs uphill?" is a joke that Archie starts and never finishes. Apparently there is no ending! A cruel joke played on the reader by not providing a punchline! I recommend it anyway. You can preview it on Google Books.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I have been sick and this book was exactly what I needed for a long weekend home in bed. It creates a very good feeling--that there are lots of people out there willing to help their neighbor at their own expense. Has me questioning why I don't know my neighbors very well, and why so much has changed in neighborhoods in general. Anyway, it is very uplifting and has some really funny moments. All about post WWII and how the people cheered themselves up. Nice little romance in it also.

I have read many books in the last few days, but another of note is And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander. I picked it up because it said lovers of Anne Perry and Elizabeth Peters would enjoy it. It did not disappoint. Suspenseful and romantic historical novel. Full of feisty women who break the rules etc.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

"Chester" (It's a Cat's World)

I heard about this from Nancy Pearl on one of her NPR spots. Here is the Amazon description:
"Chester is more than a picture book. It is a story told and retold by dueling author-illustrators. Melanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then Melanie's cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off. Melanie and her mouse won't take Chester's antics lying down. And Chester is obviously a creative powerhouse with confidence to spare. Where will this war of the picture-book makers lead? Is it a one-way ticket to Chesterville, or will Melanie get her mouse production off the ground?"
The cat even crosses Melanie's name off the cover and prints "Chester" in the author's place. ;-)

Coincidently, I am writing this while sitting on the floor of the apartment, as Edmund took my only chair.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Uncommon Reader

I think someone recommended this already, but I don't remember who. It is a very quick read by Alan Bennett. The book is about Queen Elizabeth II finding out how fun reading is. She begins to read everything and annoy her staff. Here is a quick excerpt I thought some of you would enjoy.

"The librarian at Windsor had been one of many who had urged on Her Majesty the charms of Jane Austen, but being told on all sides how much ma'am would like her books put ma'am off altogether. Besides, she had handicaps as a reader of Jane Austen that were particularly her own. The essence of Jane Austen lies in minute social distinctions, distinctions which the Queen's unique position made it difficult for her to grasp. There was such a chasm between the monarch and even her grandest subject that the social differences beyond that were somewhat telescoped. So the social distinctions of which Jane Austin made so much seemed of even less consequence to the Queen than they did to the ordinary reader, thus making the novels much harder going. To begin with, at any rate, Jane Austen was practically a work of entomology, the characters not quite ants but seeming to the royal reader so much alike as to require a microscope. It was only as she gained in understanding of both literature and human nature that they took on individuality and charm."

For another excerpt from this book visit petrified.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Kansas Bookseller in the news!

So the guy from our own Rainy Day Books was on Morning Edition! Here is the story--it is full of great looking book recommends. Everything these 3 booksellers recommended sounded GREAT! But especially the ones that our Kansas guy talked about. Not that I'm biased.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Email from BJ

since it has been a year or more since i have posted on the book blog, i now don't know how to do it. i have a great book I'd like to post called Three Cups of Tea.

the book is a nonfiction account of a guy named Greg Mortenson went from being a mountain climber to creating a non-profit organization dedicated to building secular schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

i'd love it if you could throw this up there for me!


Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Mystery of Errors

For all you mystery lovers, try Simon Hawke's A Mystery of Errors. It is very funny and one of the main characters is Will Shakespeare! There were many references that I caught, and I am sure many more that I didn't. Here is a little of the author's own explanation from the afterword:

"It may be thought the height of arrogance to use William Shakespeare as a fictional character in a novel, and I imagine there will probably be those who will curl their lips with disdain at the idea, but at the same time, I have a strong suspicion that Shakespeare would have approved, or at the very least, been rather amused by the whole thing. After all, it is precisely the sort of thing he did himself."

Monday, May 12, 2008

Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse

Maci went to the bookstore with Leah, Stella, and Madeline this weekend. Leah read the new Skippyjon Jones to Stella and Maci. These books are a hoot. We brought "Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse" home with us. Maci thinks is it great. She picked right up on the clapping to the songs (just after seeing Stella do it once).

Monday, March 31, 2008

NY Times Article

Well it's not a book review, but I thought this article in the NY Times was very interesting.

Also, because it made me remember when I was first dating Adolfo and saw that he had "The Fountainhead" on his bookshelf. When I asked him about it, he responded that it had been a gift and he never read it. Phew!