Friday, January 29, 2010

Book List: Wow, It's Been a While Edition

I'm still reading, but I haven't done a Book List in a LONG time. So I'm going to do a quickie version with lots of books. I'm sure I'm leaving out one or two, but this should be most of them. Without further ado...

Addicted to Love by Lori Wilde: This is a classic modern romance novel. There is plenty of good old fashioned lust at first sight and eventually some love. A fun read. The "sexy" parts were humorously worded, in my opinion, at times which actually added to my enjoyment of this book. It is part of a series and I would definitely check out the others if I ran across them at the library.

The Way Through Doors
by Jesse Ball: This may quite possibly be one of the weirdest books I've ever read. I found it quite intriguing and interesting--even when it was confusing. A very different book from a very different author. Not my typical read, but definitely worth checking out.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out
by Neta Jackson: A good example of the modern Christian novel, I enjoyed this book. It's message is more subtle than some, but definitely Christian-based. This is part of the Yada Yada Prayer Group series. This was the first one that I had read and I enjoyed the characters and the message. The novel is set around the Christmas season and it gave me a lot of ideas of how to celebrate Advent and how to bring Christ back into Christmas. I need to read it again next fall to get ready for the holidays.

Nine Wives by Dan Elish: This book was really entertaining and I could see it being a great movie. The main character is ready to settle down and get married only he doesn't have anyone to settle down with. So he imagines married life with every woman he meets which leads to some hilarious "dreams." Very funny and interesting male perspective on something I always saw as a female situation. The main character is an actor and writer and I totally pictured him as Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love the whole time I was reading this novel.

Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini: A decent read. I enjoyed this book, but it didn't leave a major impression on me.

Santa Baby by Jennifer Crusie (and two other holiday-themed novellas by Lori Foster and Carly Phillips)
The Playboy by Carly Phillips
Tempting by Susan Mallery
These three books are more of the classic modern romances. All fun, flirty and full of love and lust. Tempting was my favorite of the three.

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi: I've been hearing about this book for so long and finally ran across it in the library (in the non-fiction section) and checked it out. It's a very interesting read. I am really bad about not watching the news or reading the newspaper so I'm never very well-informed on the state of various parts of the world. I really had no idea of the history of women and their rights (or lack there of) in Iran and this book was very eye-opening. It is written by a woman who was an English literature professor in Iran and her love and understanding of these novels play an important role in the book. It not only made me feel angry for the way women are treated in Iran, but it also made me want to read the classic novels that Nafisi writes about. They are as much "characters" in this book as the people are. Very interesting and informative book.

Don't Look Down by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer: Although Crusie is known for her romance novels, this book was more action film action than action in bed action. It was a fun and entertaining read.

1 comment:

Nicole B. said...

i am amazed you read all these! i think i read one or two books all last year :(