Mega Book Review
I have been reading a lot lately, and I think the book review posts are probably kind of boring, so I decided to do 4 in one on this bad boy. We have had a really wierd, hectic week, so reading has been a nice escape for me. My dentist tried to make me a pirate, my trivia team had a rough time last night, and our bathtub was finally delivered, but missing a piece, so I think some escapism is justified.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
I had heard a lot about how funny David Sedaris is before reading this book, which is why I bought it. It’s a series of short stories about his life, and they are pretty funny. I read a few of them to Hubby, and he didn’t seem to find it as funny as I did. I enjoyed it, and will probably read more of his books, if I find them on the clearance shelf. The Clever Chick Rating this earns is a “Liked it, will be passing it on to friends, and I would buy more of his books if they were super cheap”. I need to condense my rating system, but stars, or thumbs up don’t really give my opinion accurately.
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
The Bean Trees is by the same author as The Poisonwood Bible, which I really enjoyed. This one is about a young, maybe early-twenties, girl from Kentucky, who decides to drive across the country and just live where ever her car breaks down. As she’s driving across the country, someone sticks a two year old girl in her car for her to care for. She ends up in Tucson, Arizona, and the story develops from there. It was interesting, although not as good as The Poisonwood Bible, in my opinion. On the Clever Chick Scale it gets a “I will pass this on to friends, and even though I’ll continue to read her novels, I maybe pickier about which ones”.
Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis
I was feeling lazy, so I grabbed a chick lit book off the shelf. It turned out to be a really intrigueing murder-mystery-chick-book, and I was pleasantly surprised. The main character is an author of murder mysteries, who is possibly being stalked and forced to live out one of her own novels. The characters were great, and well developed, without any of that somebody-acting-stupid-to-move-the-plot-along stuff. I did actually guess a little bit of the plot, which means it must have been pretty obvious, but it was good, none-the-less. On the Clever Chick Scale this earns a “Will definitely pass it on to friends, and watch for other books of hers on the clearance shelves”.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
This book starts out very interesting, but ended well before lots of loose ends had been tied up. In the 1970’s, youth in Chinese cities were sent to live in the country for “reeducation” by the Communist regime. This book tells the story of two boys who move to a village together, and how they adjust to life there. The historical parts were what I found most interesting, but then it devolves into a love story, and ends too soon. On the Clever Chick Scale it gets a “Didn’t fulfill its potential, but it was well written, so I’ll pass it on to friends”.
Whew. Or as Mi Madre says “Hoot!” (she also says she doesn’t want to be Mommy Dearest, so she’s Mi Madre now). That was a long trek. Maybe I’ll do more of the future book reviews like this, instead of one post dedicated to each book. I think it kind of works better. With all this reading, I haven’t been crafting much, but I have been going and doing interesting things, so you have that to look forward to. Plus, I may do a whole post about zombies. The delights never end here!
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