Saturday, February 04, 2006

Taking Suggestions

In the last few weeks, I read the following books:

Baudolino by Umberto Eco...and I say to you, do NOT read this book. I finished it, but it was really a struggle, and the only reason I succeeded is, I was sick and didn't have anything else to read. Once I recovered, I still hadn't finished but I persevered, hoping it would improve. Um, no.

14 Hours 'Til Bedtime by Jen Singer, which is about her life with her sons, who are less than two years apart and were both extremely colickly babies. It's funny, easy to read and easy to relate to if you are a mom! Good one for keeping in the bathroom? That is, if your kids let you use the facilities alone...

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks; as I recall, this one was started and finished in an evening, which was not a bad thing. I recommend it for a road trip (if you don't have to drive, that is) or a lazy afternoon (if you ever have such a time!). Oh, and you have to not be disgusted by romantic plotlines or disturbed that the characters sleep together first and everything else comes later. I wish I was disturbed; that is, I am, but not enough to give up reading these books.

Or maybe I can if Dee Henderson's series starting with The Negotiator continues to engage the way this one did. It's a "Christian" book, that is, some of the principal characters are Jesus followers (and some are not, but don't let me give too much away) but it's well written and the characters are relatively believable, well-developed and interesting. I'd like to read number two in the series, though I probably will go ahead and read the follow up to "The Rescue" as well.

Finally, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; unfortunately or fortunately, I knew this was a "Cinderella" based story, so though it was well-written, I couldn't avoid reading it as quickly as possible to try and identify the parallel elements. Overall, I would recommend it, but it wasn't always comfortable reading because some of the characters were so mean, nasty and unlovable!

Can't we all just get along?!

Speaking of getting along, if you have any books you've "gotten along" with recently, I'm up for recommendations!


Kari said...

I just read Wicked while on break between semesters, but I'm guessing you've already read that. Otherwise between my reading for classes and the NYT, I'm not finding much time for fiction but The Kite Runner is next on my list.

Anonymous said...

Have you read any of the Yada Yada Prayer Group series (Neta Jackson)? If you're into fiction it is easy to read and a bit of fun to read because it is set in Rogers Park/Chicago.