February 21st, 2010

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6.The Great Book for Girls OUP 1929, hb, my copy (131 pages, 1,198 pgs)
Authors include E.E.Cowper, Olivia Fowell, Brenda Girvin. Winifred Darch, Marjorie Royce & Bessie Marchant so I'm keeping this one for now even though there's only 2 school stories of the 11 tales/articles. Two are folk tale-y, one article on how to make a wild flower garden, (ideally you need a moderately large piece of ground in an old orchard with a loosely built stone wall on one side and a hedge on the other, and it would be ideal to have a small stream included!) and there are a couple of wild adventure stories set in far-off lands – in one Scottish orphans of 20 & 17 go to the Nevada desert to look for gold. A mostly fun read. (3/6)

7.Anthony, Piers Blue Adept pb, fantasy, my copy, reread (377 pages, 1,575pgs)
Second in the Apprentice Adept series.
Stile continues to compete in the Tourney on Proton. I really enjoy the various competitions, including the Maze, the harmonica duel and the Dance with Red. On Phaze he attends the Unolympics and his relationship with the Lady Blue grows. He continues to evade murderous attacks in both dimensions. We learn who is out to kill him and find out they have been manipulated, setting up for the conclusion in the next book. (5/6)

8.Cochrane, Louise Sheila Goes Gardening hb, 1957 career novel, my copy, reread (130 pages, 1,705pgs)
Back in 1957, it was recommended that girls work in some sort of gardening job for a year before going to the horticultural college where they do a 2 year diploma and then get a job or study for a further 6 years to get a National Diploma in Horticulture. This is mostly the story of Sheila's year in her job in a private garden and the first term of her 2 year course. Sheila actually works really hard in this tale, so it's good from that perspective. Naturally she ends up engaged by the end and they're going to run a comercial garden at the place Sheila did her year's work. I'm not a keen gardener so I don't think this would have paricularly inspired me to take up gardening. It covers a drought, taking produce to covent garden, a heath fire, joining the Young Farmers' Club and what happens when you use the wrong type of compost! While it is dated, it's fun to compare careers for girls then and now. (3.5/6)

9.Berry, Jane The Guides of the Chalet School pb, school story, borrowed from the Vic Chalet Library (235 pages, 1,940pgs)
This is a newly written 'filler' for Elinor Brent-Dyer's Chalet School series. It is set in the second year of the school and covers the founding of the Guide Company. I was a Guide, which I think makes it more enjoyable. Highlights include Joey's first meeting with Jack, some insight into Rolf as a young boy before he was killed, snails on the windows, the death of the mother of one of the pupils which moved me to tears, country dance classes for the folk festival put on by the girls, and madge's insightful speech likening friendship to fire. It felt like a Chalet book written by EBD herself, and I guess there's no higher praise than that. Some of the fillers I've read have been absolute stinkers. (5.5/6)
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Book #1: Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love

They Let Us Read this as Children?

Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love by Francine Pascal

Back Cover: Will Jessica steal Todd from Elizabeth….

TL;DR: I may not be a psychologist but I do watch a lot of Criminal Minds and firmly believe that Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield can be used as a case study for dominant and submissive personality types as they “fight” for love of Todd Wilkins in the book that started it all.

Rest of the Review Here


7. Flirt Laurell K. Hamilton Flirt

Summary: Anita Blake has been raising the dead for a very long time. Seeing as it is her career, she meets with clients and decides whether or not she will raise their zombie. When one client gets reject, he forces her to raise the zombie while holding the men she loves hostage. Now Anita has to sort out her own morals and break her own rules to save them and herself.

Review: Not the best and certainly not the worst Anita Blake book I've read. It was a short thing with minimal sex. I do miss a lot of the regular characters like Jean Claude but I did get a bit more Micah and Jason in this one. Hopefully Bullet (the next book) will be longer and a bit more interesting. But, Flirt did have action in it, and that is what I love about this series.
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Book #2: Sweet Valley High #2: Secrets by Fancine Pascal

Sweet Valley High #2: Secrets by Francine Pascal

Back Cover: Jessica would stop at nothing…..

TL;DR: Enid has a deep dark secret that gets revealed within the first ten pages, Ronnie turns out to be a complete asshole, Jessica is willing to use any means to secure Bruce Patman as her own and Elizabeth remains a naive to her sister's wicked ways.

A snarky, in-depth recap of the second Sweet Valley High book. You know you wanna click me.

Books 7 & 8

Title: Madame Bovary
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Themes/Topics: Hopelessness, Adultery
I enjoyed Madame Bovary although it reminded me of being an undergraduate student. This isn't typically the type of novel I enjoy, as I don't enjoy searching for patterns and wading through lots of imagery: I much prefer action to ambiance. Even so, it was well-written and interesting. It reminded me of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" because of the protagonist. Emma was a woman stuck because of circumstance and time period and was always left wanting more, which ultimately was her downfall.

Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author: Erica Bauermeister
Themes/Topics: Magical realism, Food, Hope
This was a delightful read. As a self-proclaimed foodie I am always intrigued about anything that involves food and this novel did not disappoint. The characters were rich and flawed and wonderful. Each chapter of the book is the story and perspective of a different person in the class which allows for valuable insight but could be a little confusing if you don't read the novel quickly as it's easy to become confused as to who is who. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes cooking or has enjoyed novels by Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen.
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37. The Great Brain is Back

The Great Brain is Back
by John D. Fitzgerald

Started: January 20, 2010
Finished: January 21, 2010

The last of the Great Brain books. This one was pretty good. It actually seemed a bit more grown up in its plot lines. Maybe that's because the kids were growing up in the books. Anyway, it wasn't anything too special, but this was a nice light read. 120 pages. Grade: B
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 37
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 6,524

Total # of Non-Comic Books Read in 2010: 13
Total # of Non-Comic Book Pages Read in 2010: 4,315

Currently Reading: Pulp Stories by Raymond Chandler
Reading Soon: More Tintin; Raymond Chandler novels; Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy; The Voyeur by Alain Robbe-Grillet; The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and the American Writer by Tom Dardis; Chuck Klosterman IV; Seasons in Hell by Mike Shropshire; More Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus; More Detective Comics/Batman
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26. The Missing by Jane Casey

This crime novel is about two children who go missing sixteen years apart. The main character is 25 year old Sarah who gets caught up in both investigations and throughout the book you slowly find out the connection between the two. I really enjoyed this novel; I read it in 2 days. I'd definitely recommend it as it's not too explicit or gory, which I dislike in a book!
I'd give it 5/5 but I was slightly disappointed with the ending. It left a few things open ended and it the big climax started and ended within the last chapter.

And it never occurs to me - not once - that I'm getting it wrong, that I've failed to understand my mother once again.
Don't leave me?
Not quite.
Don't. Leave me.
That makes a lot more sense.

My Rating: 4.5/5
Amazon Rating: 4/5

27. The Pocket Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyn and John Mitchinson

This little book is filled with random things that you thought you knew but that claim are actually wrong. Other people have said they are dubious about the factuality of the book but it's interesting nonetheless.

How many wives did Henry VIII have? We make it two. Or four if you're Catholic.

My Rating: 3/5
Amazon Rating: 4.5/5

28. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

I liked this book instantly; the main character, Leo Gursky, is very funny and blunt. The story surrounds a book called The History of Love (not surprisingly!) and the different characters that are all connected in some way due to this book.

It's very different (mainly the characters) from what I usually read and I quite liked it. I have to admit that I found it difficult to keep up with all the different stories and how they were related to one another, but she does explain it well at the end if you're not sure: I guess it makes it all worth it :)

When they write my obituary. Tomorrow. Or the next day. It will say, LEO GURSKY IS SURVIVED BY AN APARTMENT FULL OF SHIT.

My Rating: 3/5
Amazon Rating: 4/5

28 / 50 books since June 2009. 56% done!

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