August 10, 2009

Summer Reading...

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I love Laurie King's Mary Russell series. A new one recently came out and I found it on the rental shelf at the library. The Language of Bees. It wasn't her best, but I loved it nonetheless and was sad when it came to an end. It always seems too long til the next one is slated to publish. (and this one had a decidedly "unfinished" feel to it, a to-be-continued vibe). At the end of the novel, I was missing the characters enough that I had to go back and re-read the first novel in the series: The Beekeeper's Appentice. Loved it all over again.

Also read three Martha Grimes mysteries. Pretty much disliked them all ... vehemently (surprising for me, as I usually enjoy MG's books).

Against my better judgment, I read a couple Sophie Kinsella books: Shopaholic & Baby and Remember Me?. Hated them both.

And somehow I ended up reading a bunch of random books that all revolved around war-torn WWII Europe:
I am David by Anne Holm and L. W. Kingsland - excellent.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - also excellent.
Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling - so-so literature, but fascinating story of the looting of Europe's art treasures by Adolph & his gang of thugs...

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9 comments:

Deidra said...

I've got The Book Thief on my dresser. Glad you liked it. It's next on my list.

Heather said...

I've loved every single one of your recommendations-- so glad I now have a few more to add to my list!

Kat said...

I thought that "The Book Thief" was great. Katie is on this holocaust kick. She read that. And read "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas."

Now, I will admit an affinity to Sophie Kinsella. I liked the Shopaholic book. The first one. And then they all went downhill. I could not even finish "Shopaholic and Baby." But I did like "Remember Me?"

I am reading "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" right now...and it is excellent...

Melinda said...

I'm with you on the Sophie Kinsella books...they are just a little bit too cheesy I think!

Tracy P. said...

You're the only person I know who reads with a camera and a fish-eye lens in her hand. What must that do to the words? I need old lady glasses as it is!
;-)

Leslie said...

thanks for your note...
your so so sweet...

love your summer reading list.

love even more the way the clouds look...

need to plan a day.. SOON!

Kat said...

In case you were wondering...I just finished the Guernsey book. And I think I will add it to my top ten list. It was fabulous.

SKELLER said...

Deidra - I think you'll enjoy Book Thief!

Heather - glad to be of service (you know, I get half my great book recommendations from Heidi!)

Kat - I'll have to check out The Boy in Striped Pajamas ... I already read and liked Guernsey/Potato Society.

Tracy - hehe. I'm not suggesting I can actually *read* the book thru the fisheye lens (in fact, I have to pull books almost up to my nose to see the words ... so embarrassing and inconvenient). I just really really had to show the sky I was enjoying while reading by the window... ;-)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, I just love a good book. Sometimes I get Sophie Kinsella just because it is so light and fluffy and ridiculous. Right now I am reading Jodi Piccoult. They always make me feel so sad. I don't know why I keep trying them. I don't want to feel sad! : (