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She is too fond of books...

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bookish girl in possession of a large library, must be in want of a blog.

Walter the Farting Dog

Walter the Farting Dog - William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, Audrey Colman Sheer brilliance. What can I say...I work with kids!

Empires of Sand

Empires of Sand - David  Ball recommended to me by my dad...sounds like a great adventure!


Enchantment - Orson Scott Card This is no Ender's Game, but nonetheless a beautiful little retelling of Sleeping Beauty & a wonderful escape of a read.
"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
~ Louisa May Alcott "

A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 (A Game of Thrones / A Feast for Crows / A Storm of Swords / Clash of Kings)

A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin ...the beginning of a beautiful friendship, this was. starting clash of kings immediately.

London: The Novel

London - Edward Rutherfurd fabulous.

Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

Fall of Giants  - Ken Follett Somehow these 1000+ pages didn't result in quite the payoff I'd hoped for after reading The Pillars of the Earth but it was still a wild romp about the 14th century Kingsbridge, and overall I enjoyed it. Imagine the basic plot of Pillars revisited with somewhat updated characters and 200 years later, with a few minor twists, and you've got World Without End.A full-fledged escape into the middle ages for those of us who prefer to spend our limited reading time somewhere other than today. In my humble opinion if the editors had done their very best, the book would have ended up 200-300 pages shorter with less of the same plot theme repetition, but it was still highly readable and I would recommend it to historical fiction fans for a good, long, satisfying read.

Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy

Winter of the World - Ken Follett Epic in length & scope, bits of diaglogue & characterization were somewhat unconvincing, and I wouldn't say that Follett is a literary master. However, this was an entertaining, fairly well-researched read that I was able to escape into this fall while touring some European cathedrals built around the time the story takes place and through this long winter. I enjoyed it enough that I am about to embark on the next part of the story in "World Without End." Recommend this novel for those interested in the Middle Ages, Architecture, or who enjoy historical fiction.

Prague: A Novel

Prague - Arthur Phillips I tried. I really tried, but life is too short to read books one doesn't like. I gave it a good solid 150 pages before calling it quits.

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Seven Types of Ambiguity - Elliot Perlman I literally tore through this novel, reading at every opportunity I had between work and other obligations. I thoroughly enjoyed the 7 narrators, the references/discussion of politics, post-modernism, social critique, and relational drama. As a psychotherapist, it gave me a lot to sink my teeth into, and overall I'd say this is one of the best novels I've devoured in quite a while.The last narrative voice was not as satisfying to me, and seemed to function primarily as one to tie up loose ends that may not have been necessary. However, the strong writing and intelligence continued through to the last page, and I was sad to reach the end.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen/A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Mary Russell Novels)

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1) - Laurie R. King Fun, easy read for a rainy afternoon.

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1)

Dead Until Dark  - Charlaine Harris a friend is letting me borrow this series - a friend who knew that i needed something light & easy to take me away from a very stressful work environment. this book pretty much fit the bill. besides, everyone at work is either reading these or watching hbo's "true blood," and this will keep me in the loop around the water cooler. the writing's pretty weak, but the story is fun and a nice escape from real life, particularly if you like vampires, louisiana, and sex. :)

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader - Anne Fadiman It's a book about books, how could i go wrong? Actually, it's a collection of essays about books, and I loved it. I empathized with much this author had to say...from how one treats his/her books (with reverence, or with passion, and everything in between) to how one blends a collection with a partner's. great to read right before bedtime and drift off dreaming about books...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith Cute, clever idea, and fun novelty for the first few chapters, yet in my opinion the zombie bits could have been better. The novelty wore off pretty quick and then it became a bit of a "reader's digest condensed" version of the P&P story with little character development, and not near enough actual zombie mayhem!Still, this is a quick and entertaining read for folks who don't take themselves, or their Jane Austen, too seriously...let's not forget that Ms. Austen herself had some badazz comedic skillz and appreciation of the bizarre. Also, the illustrations alone are worth the purchase! The very thought of Lizzy kicking some serious zombie butt on her walk to Netherfield had me giggling out loud, and the illustration of that scene was priceless.

Shakespeare Wrote for Money

Shakespeare Wrote for Money - Nick Hornby I didn't enjoy this set of articles as much as those in Polysyllabic Spree, but they were still quite entertaining and worth the buy. I love books about books!

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel - Alexander McCall Smith Cute, light, easy reading for a day at the beach or a plane ride. I was given a set of the series, and I don't plan to continue through them, but it was worth the read. I found the novel fairly simplistic, predictable, with not much meat...but some lovely descriptions of Africa and the protagonist was endearing.