Sunday, April 15, 2007


Recently finished:

The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield. My mom loaned me this one and it's been on the best seller's list for a couple of months. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I found there were a few sections which tried to be a little shocking without moving the story forward. This isn't a trait I find endearing in books. It was a good story and the author did a nice job of me drawing me in, however I wasn't fond of some of the more trite aspects of the narrative (yes, we all loved Jane Eyre - move on, now). Another thing that didn't thrill me about this one, was I couldn't figure out the genre - was it a mystery or historical fiction, a love story or a family saga? I don't mean to be negative here, because I really did enjoy this book it's just not the novel of the year as some are portraying it to be.

The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne. Yes, this is chick lit, but I read it in Vegas by the pool and while the other girls were showering (I was waiting my turn), so it doesn't break my rules. It follows the classic chick lit formula, we get a lot of self-affirming girl talk, and it is even set across the pond. One twist here is that the heroine doesn't only act like a prostitute, but is mistaken for one is this book. It's not a bad read for the beach; just know what you are getting into with it and you won't be disappointed. Suffice to say I won't be reading the sequel anytime soon.

Am Currently Reading:
Middlesex:A Novel by Jeffery Eugenides. Sara passed this on to me after she finished it in Vegas; she said she had a tough time getting through it, but that it is a really good book. I'm about half way through and so far I am really into it. I like the voice of the narrator and how I feel like I am traveling with him in time through his ancestry.

Mik - I will take up your suggestion for that historical fiction book. I really like these types of books. The Other Boleyn Girl really got me hooked on the Elizabethan era of England. Guess it's time to move elsewhere in Europe!

1 comment:

Mikalene said...

Oooh--The Other Boleyn Girl? Sounds good. Right now I'm reading Fatal Majasty which is about Mary Queen of Scots. My last few reads were on Elizabeth I and Anne Bolyn, and they both mention Mary QoS and how horrible she was. I wanted to get her side of the story. :)