Some of My Favorite Books

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Hazards of Good Breeding -- Didn't read it after all

Well, I started reading The Hazards of Good Breeding by Jessica Shattuck
 a few nights ago, but it just did not hold my interest. I think I just couldn't relate to the upper crust characters. I am sorry I put as much time into it as I did.

I watched Season 1 of The Big C with Laura Linney and finished the last episode last night. That's when I decided that life is too short to read boring books. Mind you, this book may not be boring to all readers, but it was to me, so I pulled the bookmark out (at page 120 or so, geez) and put the book on the pile to return to the library. I don't remember when I've devoted that many pages to a book and not finished it.

If I don't read a book, I usually know it in the first 5 or 10 pages and stop there. Which leads me to this great writing book: 

What about you? Do you ever read one-third of a book and then stop? Does it piss you off that you wasted the time? It does me.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

I finally finished reading The Brightest Star in the Sky last night. It seems like it took me forever! This was a really good book, though, like the author had in mind, I'm sure, it took a little figuring out who (or what) in the heck the spirit was who floated around this book.

The action centers around an apartment house in Dublin and the lives of the residents there. I'd never read any of her books before and was pleasantly surprised. It was funny and touching in places. I'll have to check out her other books.

Have you read any of Marian Keyes' books?

Book Read: The Brightest Star in the Sky
Author:  Marian Keyes
ISBN:  978-0-670-02140-6

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Betrayal of Trust by J.A. Jance

Well, it seems like it took me forever to read this book (and it sort of did), but I started at least two other books before starting this one that didn't hold my interest. At all. So, I know that blew two or three days. Anyway, I liked Betrayal of Trust, I just read it slow.

If you've never read any of J.A. Jance's books, she's a mystery writer who writes several book series:  J.P. Beaumont (this was one of them), Joanna Brady, Ali Reynolds, and Walker family books. I've liked what I've read but I haven't read many of them. I've found that with her books, you can pick one up mid-series and not feel like you're missing much. I'm sure they're better, like any book series, if you read them all in order by series. Oh well.

Have you read any of J.A. Jance's books? What series do you like best?

Book Read: Betrayal of Trust
Author:  J.A. Jance
ISBN:  978-0-06-173115-0


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