Tuesday, February 16, 2010

On the topic of reading...

My very cool friend Megan challenged herself to read 50 books this year. I would like to do the same. I'm off to a good start. She posts reviews on her blog. Maybe I'll do that sometime in the future. For now, you'll have to make do with a list and a very simple rating from me. Five stars is a good thing. One star, not so much. Get it? See, I knew my basic readership was gifted.

2010 Reads To Date:
With a Hammer For My Heart by George Ella Lyon ***
Taft by Ann Patchett **** (Could have been five if I understood the ending)
Bel Canto by Ann Patchet ***** (WOW!)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger ****
Smash Cut by Sandra Brown ***
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier ***
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers ****

The only book that I would rate as a one star (or less, if I could figure out how to do that) I can't really list because I only made it through about three chapters before I determined that it was an utter waste of the paper it was printed on. I should have known that when I picked it up at Half-Price Books on the one dollar shelf and there were multiple copies of it! I didn't really give it a good once over then, just noticed that it was written by Shari Shattuck, who played Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless for a brief stint. Hardly a real literary credential, I know. But it was a DOLLAR....and it looked like a fun, interesting mystery about the world of geishas. WRONG. It was crap, which I would have realized had I followed my teacherly advice and read the first poorly written page, or even scanned the back of the book more carefully. Lethal, the title I selected, turns out to be just one of in a series of books by the "Naughty Girls of Downtown Press." Their motto? "Good girls go to Heaven. Bad girls go Downtown." 'Nuff said.

I have an extensive list of wanna-reads in my journal, but that is in my desk at school...where I haven't been for four whole days. I would like to branch out into different genres (cookbooks don't count!), read/reread more classics, and find some authors whose styles inspire me. Ann Patchett is pretty phenomenal. Each of her books (and I think I've read most, except The Magician's Assistant) is unique. No predictability. Her settings range from a home for pregnant teens in rural western Kentucky to an unnamed South American country's capital. Thought provoking stuff.

By the way, as I type this blog, I am wearing a crown. It is bejeweled and has purple puffy feathers and sequins. So, that means that what I say goes, right??

1 comment:

Megan said...

You are too kind!! And I'm waaaay jealous that you are soooo far ahead of me on the reading goal. However, I'm going to be a supportive friend and say, "YOU GO GIRL!!! WAY TO ROCK IT!!" Don't you wish we could get paid to read? I'd be the size of a small nation, but man, how fun would that job be?!?!?