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Books #102-108

102) The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne (Chick-Lit, 413 pages)
Charming and fun (and funny at points!). I loved the main character, in both her incarnations, and fell in love with the story from page one. I will definitely read the rest of the series. 4/5

103) Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann (Mystery, 352 pages)
The herd's shepherd is murdered and the flock take it upon themselves to solve the crime. Charming, funny, and really interesting to see a sheep's-eye-view of the world. 3.5/5

104) Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne (Chick-Lit, 368 pages)
The second book in Browne's Little Lady Agency series is not quite as enjoyable as the first book, though given how much I liked the first one, that meant I still liked this one a fair bit.
Due to Nelson's going off to sea for a few months and deciding to take the time to redo the house, Melissa finds herself homeless and goes to New York with Jonathan.
Formulaic but ultimately fun. However, Melissa's inability to deal with Gabi and Allegra made me grit my teeth, as did her doormat personality peeking through every so often.
I'm looking forward to the third book. 3.5/5

105) The Blonde Theory by Kristin Harmel (Chick-Lit, 304 pages)
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I liked it, particularly the ending, which was a refreshing change-of-pace. However, there were certain things that made me grit my teeth throughout. The ditzy scenes were teeth-grittingly painful at times, and for someone who was so smart and successful, Harper was amazingly naive. 3.5/5

106) The Little Lady Agency and the Prince by Hester Browne (Chick-Lit, 400 pages)
This is my favorite book of the three. In this one, you can really see Melissa figure out who she is and what she wants from her life. More annoying characters (Gabi and Allegra) are rarely seen and/or toned down, and Granny takes a larger role. But this was the book that made me really like Melissa, who had always seemed too resigned about her life, but cheerfully in denial about it. Browne gave her more depth in this book, and I loved that Prince Nicky helped Melissa figure out her life. Loved it. 4/5

107) Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Young Adult, 480 pages)
This was 100% cracked out, hilarious awesomeness. 4/5

108) The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Fowler (Fiction, 288 pages)
I enjoyed the movie so picked up the book. The book proved to be sluggish and just this side of uninteresting enough that I finished it, though it took me a while. I didn't connect with any of the characters, who were more or less interchangeable, despite Fowler's attempt to make them quirky. There was too much focus of the characters' background instead of the here and now of the book, with each section focusing on a different character -- which only made me annoyed as the first characters were boring, and the later interesting backgrounds came up too late to make me appreciate the characters. 2.5/5
Tags: chicklit, mystery, young adult
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