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Friday, January 12, 2007


I want to help! I'm still attending an institution of higher learning, so I don't have much time to read but when I do I make sure its quality. Oh yes.
I recently enjoyed:

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
Lisey's Story by Stephen King (still in hardcover - perhaps not the best for air travel)
Wicked & Son of a Witch both by Geoffrey Maguire

and I think that's it b/c the number of books I've read in the last 2 years is embarassing. Single digits.

I really loved "The Other Boleyn Girl" Basically a historical novel on Henry the VIII and Mary Boleyn as well as her sister Anne, the woman who was Henry's second wife and later was beheaded. It was one of those books, I hated to put down... As in the house went uncleaned, I would stay up past 3 a.m., reading. I didn't even blog while I read it.

Oh and now I'm reading "I, Elizabeth." Its a story from a different author, but Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. And she was England's first Queen and she did an amazing job of restoring England's peace, funds, and culture. She was smart, savy, beautiful and was not about to give her power away by marrying some guy.

I second Ahab's Wife, that was a gorgeous book.

I'm really into Food WRiting lately, so I would recommend "Heat" by Bill Buford or anything Ruth Reichl, preferably starting with "Comfort me With Apples".

I am not a huge Jodi Picoult fan, but I know you liked her, and if you can handle another one, "Suicide Pact" was in my head for days after I finished it.

So many good books, so little time Jen :)

At first I was going to be jealous that you got today off and I didn't, but then when I read that you will very soon be forced into networking, I guess I don't want to trade places after all. Good luck!

Here's another recommendation for The Other Boleyn Girl-- it was fantastic and afterwards, I bought like 7 historical fiction novels which all paled in comparison.

And can I just TELL you... the book for bookclub (picked in my absence and I've never been before, actually) is the C word. Yes, THAT C word. Put that word in the Amazon search engine felt weird. I'll let you know how it is.

I second the Ruth Reichl, although her first book Tender At The Bone was the best. The first two pages made me wet my pants. I haven't read Wicked yet, but have heard great things about it. I just read In Cold Blood and was riveted and couldn't believe I hadn't read it before. Still, I maintain that you should read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I'm going to nag you until you do...and give me a full book report.

My friend Sonia has unfortunately foisted two knitting books on me as part of her master plot to turn me into a knitting nerd. damn if they both weren't really funny. Curse her.

I can't believe you have to network AND public speak. Public speaking gives me the trots. Really. It's awful. I get shaky and pale and can't even hear myself speaking, so I could be rambling on about thong underpants for all I know... Good luck.

I am downloading Early Winter RIGHT NOW. Thanks.

I hated Lovely Bones and wasn't sure why everyone loved is. It was...odd.

Books I love and have read more times then I care to count:

"Lonesome Dove" (Seriously, SOOO GOOD! Even if it's about cowboys.)

"The Drifters" (Seriously, SOOOO GOOD! And about drugs an sex in the 60's.)

"Gone With the Wind". (Lame, I know. But it's really good. I promise.)

(I just read through the comments and I'm with my friend HollowSquirrel. The Other Boleyn Girl is a good book!)

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