Some of My Favorite Books

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

Well, I have mixed feelings about The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. I really enjoyed this period book set in the mid 1920s. I think the author did a good job of researching the era and brought to life the period. 

The story was good -- Rose, a woman who was an orphan under some weird circumstances -- goes to secretarial school and becomes a typist for the New York police department. Another typist joins the force and Odalie brings with her another world for Rose.

It was the ending that really made me go "huh?" I don't like to give away endings or even too much about a book but this is worth a read. I'd be curious what you think about it. The whole thing. But especially the ending. 

Author:  Suzanne Rindell
Book:  The Other Typist

Monday, July 7, 2014

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

I started reading another book after I finished Big Brother by Lionel Shriver, but I couldn't finish it. So I started reading Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. Much better!

I liked this book but didn't totally love it. The writing was good, the story was good, but the way it flip flopped back and forth in a month or so time frame made it a tad hard to follow for me for some reason. This novel is based on the true story of a murder that happened near San Francisco in 1876. 

One thing I really found interesting was the use of the term "below job" for you know what. Very interesting. It is below, so it makes sense, I guess!

Author:  Emma Donoghue
Book Read:  Frog Music

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

Wow, Big Brother by Lionel Shriver is a great book. Ms. Shriver took a chapter from her own life--the loss of her older "big" brother from complications of being obese and told a fictional account that, true to her form, was surprising and rang so true. 

In real life, Shriver's older brother lived life large, in all ways, not just his clothing size. In the book this big brother does the same. I read an interview Shriver gave that said she wanted to honor him and help a character in a book lose the weight she was unable to help her brother do.

She tackles this big subject with wit and honesty. I laughed out loud when reading the scene where the sister takes responsibility for cleaning up the overflowing toilet and collects her brother's turds like Easter eggs. It's hilarious and gross all at once.

For more on this book, check out my Bubblews post.

Read it. You'll love it.

Author:  Lionel Shriver
Book Read:  Big Brother

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Okay, every once in awhile I read a book that I really love. I hadn't done that in quite awhile, but Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen did the trick. I love this book!

I wrote about this novel on Squidoo so will let you go there to get a synopsis if you like. 

If you've read other books by Quindlen and liked them, you won't be disappointed. She's a terrific writer and storyteller.

Book Read:  Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Author:  Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman

I finished reading this book on the flight home from my vacation so had almost a week of not reading it, which made the ending more anticlimactic than it should have been. 

I liked this book a lot, much more than Laura Lippman's other more recent books I've read. I think the last one I read that I liked this much was What the Dead Know.

If you like suspenseful well-written novels, check out After I'm Gone.

Book Read:  After I'm Gone
Author:  Laura Lippman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Neighbors Are Watching by Debra Ginsberg

Okay, I rarely do this but I read two books in a row by the same author. After I finished reading Waiting:  The True Confessions of a Waitress, I picked up The Neighbors Are Watching, both by Debra Ginsberg. 

I've read her older novels, and I really liked them. This one was her best, I think. Sort of mystery, sort of crime, all gossip!

I really like the characters, or maybe I should say, I liked disliking some of the characters in this novel. Most had plenty of crud gumming up their works, which always makes for a good read!

Book Read:  The Neighbors Are Watching
Author:  Debra Ginsberg

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg

I really enjoyed Waiting:  The True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg. As a writer and editor, she made her living / supplemented her income waiting tables for 20 years. That's a long time in that industry!

Ginsberg touches on all the big waitressing questions:  

  • Do wait staff spit in food?
  • Does anyone wait tables as a career?
  • Are you really getting decaf coffee when you ask for it? 

Read the book to find out!

Book Read:  Waiting:  The True Confessions of a Waitress
Author:  Debra Ginsberg


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