Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Halfway there yay!!

So as of the last review I am halfway to my goal of 52 books this year. This is the third time I have attempted this and the last two years I was at this point in August and September, so it feels pretty good to be here in May!

I am already almost finished reading "Ready Player One" which I absolutely love! So I should be posting that review soon as well. I'm feeling pretty good about my chances of finishing CBR this year.

Book 26 - Deadlocked

I found out that the latest Sookie Stackhouse book was out when reading the winning review of CRB4 by Malin. I was pretty excited to read it and was lucky to get a copy on a Superloan from my library (they put new popular titles on a 7 day no renew no request basis, with a $1 per day late charge). I didn't need the 7 days as I gobbled it up in about 3.

There is nothing really all that special about these books, but there is just something about them that speaks to my guilty pleasure side. I have read all of them, and reviewed quite a few of them as well. This book is not much different from the rest, there is a crime, a mystery of sorts to be solved. We get to spend time with our favorite characters, Sookie, Eric, Sam and I suppose for some even Bill.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Book 25 - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

I have read a few reviews of "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" by Mindy Kaling and it sounded so great that I had to read it as well. I was pretty excited that the library was able to get it for me in a relatively short time and I greedily read it up in no time at all.

It bears comparison to Tina Fey's "Bossypants" and if I was forced to choose which one I liked more I think I would choose this one. Perhaps it is because as a fellow chubby girl I identify more with Kaling, also we are of a similar age so the stories of her childhood hit a bit closer to home for me.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book 24 - The Wife's Tale

One of Mary's first memories is of going to the doctor and being told that she is obese. In her young mind this sounds like a terrible word, like a monster in a fairy tale. She calls it the "obeast" and it controls her life for many years to come.

The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens was in some ways a very good book, but in other ways it let me down as well. It is the tale of Mary Gooch, morbidly obese and depressed, who's husband leaves her suddenly right before their 25th anniversary.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book 23 - The Odds

While browsing the library my eye was drawn to a book with a beautiful yet somber picture of Niagara falls and a rainbow on it. Since I rather enjoyed “Last Night at the Lobster”, as soon as I saw that it was by the same author, Stewart O’Nan, I snatched it up immediately. I am very glad that I did, and I will be seeking out more of his works in the future.

“The Odds” tells us that we are meeting a couple, Art and Marion on the last weekend of their marriage. Crippled by debt, they have come up with a plan to divorce, he will file for bankruptcy to save them both from the mess that they are in. As far as Art is concerned it will be only on paper, Marion is not so sure. Adding to their marital strain, both have histories of infidelity, although only his is known to them both.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Book 22 - Cujo

The storyline of Cujo by Stephen King didn't really grab me, which is why I never bothered to read it before now. But I happened upon it at the library and decided just to read it, I think I am getting close to having read all of King's books now which is neat.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Book 21 - The Night Circus

If you haven't already read "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern, what are you waiting for? I waited this long because there was a massive waiting list at the library and my book budget is negligible. I had heard quite a lot of good things about this book by other reviewers, but I let myself go in unspoiled as to the specifics and I was glad that I did.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book 20 - Miss Wyoming

Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland was a pretty good book. I don't know if it is because I have been writing these for so long or what, but I don't really have a whole lot to say about it but I am sure I will come up with something as I type along.

I will start off my directing you to some of my other reviews of Coupland books, always a good place to start. There's Microserfs, Generation A, Girlfriend in a Coma, and Player One. Some I loved and some were only so-so, but overall I am becoming a pretty big Coupland fan, and I love that he is local here to Vancouver.