Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thursday 13, #1



Thirteen Books that Jen
has read recently

1…. The ultimate best two on this list are #2 and #3 which are great summer/vacation books, the rest are just books that I have recently read.
No need to think, just read and enjoy. Escape reality through books, it's cheap when you go to your local library.

1. Fourplay By Jane Moore, light, amusing British novel about a woman dealing with a husband who has left her and now she has 4 guys interested.
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving - What a story teller! There is a scene in here about a car that had me laughing out loud.
3. Ahab's wife By Sena Jeter Naslund - Really long book, but the story sucks you in. Made me go out and get Moby Dick to read, but after starting Moby- didn't finish it.
4. 6 Rainier Drive (Cedar Cove) By Debbie Macomber - Whole series about a little town in Washington state on the coast, lots of love stories, nice easy reading.
5. Mine are Spectacular By Janice Kaplan and Lynn Schnurnberger - so definitely check out the link and see the front of this book. Another light, easy, fun read.
6. The Ex Files By Jane Moore- Another British chick lit (just saw this term at Amazon and yep it fits) Amusing story of how not to have a wedding. Fun reading.
7. Once Upon a Blind Date by Jane Markham - a romance that includes internet dating and friends. A quick, light read. Cute story of friends trying to set up their best friends when the real couple ends up being the friends doing the set up.
8. An Independent Woman By Candace Camp- so if you've read anything by the same author, the stories are very predictable, set in England, poor misunderstood rogue type Lord uses the lovely, poor, untitled damsel in distress, they marry for convenience........but still a quick easy read.
9. The Devil Wears Prada By Lauren Weisberger - much better than the movie, even though I liked the movie, but Meryl Streep's character is truly the devil in this book!
10. French Kiss By Susan Johnson- So I read this and after reading the reviews at Amazon, I have to agree that the language and sex were a little over the top for a romance. But it was a very quick read.
11. An Unlikely Prince By Barbara Jean Hicks - This is part of the Once upon a Dream series and it's very, very, very, different from the #10 book. Think religious romance, every once in awhile one of these books makes to my pile of library books. A little to sweet and goody two shoes, but another quick read.
12. The River King By Alice Hoffman- Here is an author that writes stories set in the northshore of Massachusetts. I love her books and this one was spooky but a great read. She makes all things paranormal, normal. The characters are believable and in this case, the hero is tragic.
13. A Wedding in December By Anita Shreve- Okay, so she has written some really good stories with great characters, but her endings for me are usually, "what the heck?" I am not always satisfied with the endings, but the story and characters are enjoyable. How can I explain it? But this book was enjoyable (until the end) and worth a quick read.

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13 comments:

  1. Hi! Great list and I agree 100%-John Irving is a wonderful storyteller. I've been meaning to pick up a copy of Devil Wears Prada, too. I haven't seen the movie yet but it looks like a fun story! Thanks for posting the list. I'm actually taking the kids to the bookstore later tonight. I might just give one of your suggestions a try!!!

    Happy TT- Jessica

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  2. Hi! Great list and I agree 100%-John Irving is a wonderful storyteller. I've been meaning to pick up a copy of Devil Wears Prada, too. I haven't seen the movie yet but it looks like a fun story! Thanks for posting the list. I'm actually taking the kids to the bookstore later tonight. I might just give one of your suggestions a try!!!

    Happy TT- Jessica

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  3. Molly8:57 PM

    Awesome list... I wish I had time to read more. Well, I probably do but I get so sucked into my laptop every night it never happens. When I do read, it tends to be non-fiction or short stories though. I really recommend Freakonomics by Steven Levitt, Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labor by Eric Schlosser, and a book of poetic short stories called The Girl in the Flammable Skirt... and I can't remember who wrote that :P

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  4. I will have to look for some of these.
    Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
    Thank you for your visit to mine.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Happy TT'ing!
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  5. A Prayer for Owen Meany is probably on my lifetime top ten. I actually thought the movie was better than the book with Devil Wears Prada.

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  6. Great list. Has anyone read "Moby Dick" all the way through?

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  7. Ahhhh--A Prayer for Owen Meany--you made me tear up--thanks

    Thanks for stopping by my TTs--

    Very nice list

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  8. A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my top 3 favorite books ever and John Irving is probably my favorite author.

    As for Anita Shreve, there was only one book of hers that I liked. And I kept giving her a chance and buying more books by her, but was repeatedly disappointed.

    Happy TT and thanks for stopping by mine! Will definitely peek back here next week!

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  9. Mama's Moon11:52 AM

    Oooh, a book list! And it all looks so good!! So great, I hate having to think about things like this; thanks for the tips. I'm heading to the library this weekend!!

    And thanks again for visiting!

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  10. How is the language in the Owen Meany book? I might want to recommend it to someone but pg language or tamer is very important to her.

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  11. I have read a few of Shreve's books, and I am usually a little disappointed with the endings as well.

    I copied your list into a word doc so I can remember what books to pick up. I already have Devil Wears Prada on my wishlist, but need a few more.

    Thank you for stopping by my TT!

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  12. hey jen,
    thanks for visiting my tt and commenting. nice to know someone gets us vampiras. lol
    the stir on the message board had to do with my sharing another person's view about adoption and infertility. of course i was focused on the adoption aspect as it was the anniversary of ours. but the if. folks focused on the other aspect and, in their case, rightfully so. i was surprised over the # of hits. that's all.
    i saved your book list too. i am always looking for a good book to read.

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