I should have read the If you loved this, you'll like... suggestions up the back first, because one of the suggestions was 'The Jane Austen Book Club', which I didn't like. The best bit about this book was the quotes about books and reading at the start of each chapter.
I was suckered in by the blurb. Some women shop. Some eat. Dora cures the blues by bingeing on books. So, Dora shuts out the real world by losing herself in a literary one. Yes! I can relate to this. Dora turns to novels in times of need. That's me. There's a book list at the back of all the works/authors/artists in the order mentioned; I know heaps of these. Sadly, the list was more engaging than the story. Dora meets Tennyson-quoting Fred at the bookstore. Of course Fred is not all he seems to be. The ending is rather blah and the epilogue felt really wrong. I was going to keep this book just for the quotes, but I suppose if I need literary quotes I can google some. I don't even think I'll inflict this on a friend. It's not the worst book I've read and it's not even dreadful enough to say this is so bad you have to read it. It's simply not memorable. (2/6)
19.5 Clark, Dr Hilda Regehr The Cure for All Diseases pb non-fiction, borrowed from a friend. Unfinished. (180 pages, 5,505pgs)
I don't know about being the cure for all diseases, but there is some useful/thought provoking material, if you can stand to read through the repetitive case studies and the italic/underlined/bold font changes within the same sentence don't drive you crazy. I borrowed a zapper from a friend and used it for a few weeks. I don't agree with all of the dietary advice – way too much dairy for starters - and I don't believe parasites are 100% responsible for all mankind's ills, but kidney & liver cleanses are sensible, as is the pet program. I think it will be like many other things – works really well for some, reasonable results for most and no/negative results for some. I'd say it didn't work for me, but I didn't follow it exactly, therefore it wasn't a fair trial. (3/6)
20.Roberts, Jackie Cornelia of the Chalet School pb girls fiction, borrowed from a friend. (165 pages, 5,670pgs)
I just finished describing this book to a friend as a train wreck. It's one of the latest in fillers being written for Elinor Brent-Dyer's Chalet School series. In comparison to 'The Guides of the Chalet School', which I read earlier in the year, well, there is no comparison. If you're a 'grammar Nazi' this book will drive you insane. There's barely a page without a mistake. If this had been written as fanfic and posted online it would make fanficrants. There are epithets galore, (e.g. the American, many, many times), info dumps and basic grammatical errors, such as words in the titles of books not being given capital letters, and I won't mention the placement or otherwise of the commas. As to the cover – I think Cornelia was trying out for the Thunderbirds.
Cornelia is 25 in this book, so not a school story. She meets up with Jo Maynard just before Annis starts at the school. The triplets are eight. I think there's a Chalet reference to practically every prior book in the series. The second half of the book deals with Cornelia's trip home to the USA on a passenger liner, the Carillion. The passengers include Mr van Alden (! - for Chalet fans) and a young Dutch girl who just happens to be Jewish. The author did a bucket load of research into concentration camps and we are treated to probably everything she learned. There are at least three seperate spiels on how Germans =/= Nazis.
It's sad, as I look forward to Chalet fillers with a hunger I remember experiencing when waiting for the latest 'real' Chalet School title to be published. This one would be one you would buy only if you are a completist collector. Just borrow it from someone else so you can say you've read it. It's not all bad – it just could have been so much better. (2/6)