Monday, June 14, 2010

suprising chick lit

hey dudes

just finished a couple of chick lit books. (but both authors are irish - so not as trashy)....i wanted something light to roll my eyes at, but i was actually suprised. the first one was THE BOOK OF TOMORROW by cecilia ahern. it was actually more of a mystery than a romance. kinda like flowers in the attic, but not gross. i recommend it - ****. The protagonist is a 17 year old girl, but i found her pretty realistic.

the other one was ANYBODY OUT THERE? by marian keyes...i'm not that big a fan of ms keyes (sorry lexi & lizzie)...but i liked this one. there was a nice twist half-way through...and the main girl had a nice eccentric family. ****

stay warm!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

pocketful of rye

apart from a book i had to do for uni, this is the first agatha christie i've read. did you know the only book to outsell her is the bible? (well i learnt that before harry potter - so it may not still be accurate). anyhoo - i don't think the writing in this one is the best ever (quite like this post). (maybe she was just tired after writing 2 million books) but it's fun trying to figure out who the murderer is. i got it wrong!
*** out of 5 - i'll get a few more out from the library to see though:)

on the jellicoe road.

this is another re-read:) i've loved melina marchetta since loking for alibrandi in grade 9. again, loveable characters, she captures the angst & comradership (is that a word? sorry about spelling) of teenagers. i love the complexity of this story so much (all about the backstory) but it feels a bit rushed. once you've figured out what's going on it's great, i just think maybe she could have taken a step back & tried to explain it better to the readers who have no idea what she's talking about.
anyhoo i love this book.
**** out of 5.


i've read this a few times already. it was started by jane austin, but she only wrote up to chapter 11 before she died. the chick that finished it was way less subtle than jane would have liked. but the heroine's likable enough & the love interest is dreamy:)
if you like the romance in jane auten books i defo recommend it - but it's not as refined. where did refinement get anyone?
***1/2 out of 5