Monday, February 27, 2006
Treasures For Other Bibliophiles
If you too are a bibliophile, then I want you to know about these, if you don't already.
Nancy Pearl, a librarian, has written two books of recommended reading called Book Lust and More Book Lust. I had originally checked them out from the library, but I ended up buying them so that I could make notes and and mark things on the pages.
I just discovered a magazine called Bookmarks this past week. It is "for everyone who hasn't read everything". It's pretty cool.
Gaiman, Hornby, Suess, Cabot & Maguire
A literary law firm? No, just the authors I've been reading in, oh, probably the last six weeks. I've gotten behind with my posts, so I've reluctantly agreed with myself to put all five of these together in one post.
Anansi Boys is the first book that I have read by Neil Gaiman, although I've been aware of him for awhile. I can say with a great deal of confidence that it will not be the last book by Neil Gaiman that I will read, because it was a very fun book. It is an unusual book... and that's an understatement. This is also the first science fiction or fantasy book I've read in quite some time.
High Fidelity is the third Nick Hornby novel that I have read, and it is my favorite of his novels for right now. I wouldn't call it a page-turner, but I think it is one that will stay with me. I'm also a fan of the movie.
I recently bought (for $5.00 each) and re-read the following classic Dr. Suess beginner books: The Cat In the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
I finished Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot at least two weeks ago, and I still haven't decided if it was a waste of time, and whether or not I will read any further Heather Wells mysteries Meg Cabot may write.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is definitely worth the time. Gregory Maguire, the book's author, is best known for a book called Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, but I want to read the original Oz series before I start in on an alternate version.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
One Year Old
Oops! I missed my blog's birthday! On Februrary 16th A Work in Progress was one year old!
Oprah Is Starting To Annoy Me
Oprah and her "Oprah Books" are starting to annoy me. I used to think it was kind of cool that she recommended books on her show. Lately, though, I've been annoyed that she has the power to create a literary phenomenon just by opening her mouth. Somehow it doesn't seem fair.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
More On Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner is the author of Good In Bed, In Her Shoes, Little Earthquakes and Goodnight Nobody. She is now also one of my favorite chick-lit authors. Good In Bed is probably my favorite of these four. It is Weiner's first novel, and also a good place to start. In Her Shoes is also excellent, in spite of using an old cliche plot twist (can't tell you which one). I found myself relating to both of the sisters in this book, for different reasons. Little Earthquakes makes me afraid to have children, but it was good too. I could not relate as well with the characters in Little Earthquakes as well as I could with the characters in her two earlier novels, but she was able to make me care about them anyway. Goodnight Nobody was different than the other three. It had a murder-mystery element to it. I enjoyed it, but not near as much as I enjoyed her first three. I had a lot of trouble relating to the mother-of-three main character. Also, the ending was... lacking. The mystery was solved, but a lot of the book revolved around the woman's personnel life, and that was left pretty-open ended. I have to say, though, it would have been difficult to wrap that up in any comfortable, believable fashion. Even though I was a little disappointed in Goodnight Nobody, I'm still looking forward to her next book, whenever and whatever that might be.