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What I've Read...  - Part 7

Michelle G "kweenieo"
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
"I saw this advertised on Shelfari.  It sounded interesting and it really is a gripping tale.  Set in Sweden, you read a lot of names of people and places that remind me of IKEA, however once past that, it was a difficult book to put down.  A good one for lovers of crime-fiction."
Holidays on Ice
Holidays on Ice
"Just in time for the holidays, David Sedaris's book re-released with new stories.  I have read some of them before in previous books of his, but excited to read the new stuff."
Naked
Naked
"Love David Sedaris and his books always go pretty quickly.  His writing can make you laugh out loud, so true yet so funny."
One Fifth Avenue
One Fifth Avenue
"If it's written by Candace Bushnell, then it's bound to be entertaining.  This one sure is and it sucked me right into all the characters.  Her books, however, have a way of making me feel poor and un-fabulous."
Peyton Place
Peyton Place
"M-I-L also lent me Looking for Peyton Place, so thought with this book, I should read the original Peyton Place.  I had to keep reminding myself that this was written way back when and set even further back.  Some things never change."
Van Gogh: The Complete Paintings (Taschen specials)
Van Gogh: The Complete Paintings (Taschen specials)
"After reading Lust For Life, I wanted to see more of Van Gogh's work.  This book is physically large and full of color reproductions.  Love IT!  Oh, and David Sedaris' cover of When You Are Engulfed in Flames?  It's a Van Gogh."
The Lottery Winner: Alvirah And Willy Stories
The Lottery Winner: Alvirah And Willy Stories
"My Mother-in-Law lent this to me to read.  I would not have picked up this book myself otherwise.  I didn't read the book that goes before this, but it wasn't necessary.  A quick and enjoyable read, but not exactly too substantive."
Lust for Life
Lust for Life
"This book is AMAZING, especially if you love art.  I love Van Gogh and once did a research paper on his famous "Starry Night".  His letters to his brother Theo are the basis of this book and is great insight into his life.  One small annoyance - there were French phrases peppered throughout the book, without any English translation.  I wish there were some footnotes with translations."
Dear American Airlines: A Novel
Dear American Airlines: A Novel
"I love the premise of this book and it was quite an enjoyable read."
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
"Can't help but get excited about David Sedaris' newest release.  I think this is his best yet.  I laughed out loud in a few places, and I was reading it on a quiet train.  He did save the best story for last, however."
The Beach House
The Beach House
"I loved Jane Green's latest book.  Very hard to put down and the story drew me in very quickly. Was a lil disappointed that Michael did not suffer more for in indiscretions."
This Charming Man: A Novel
This Charming Man: A Novel
"Another book that draws you right in.  One of those books that makes you think about it when you're not reading it.  But I have to say, it's not as good as some of her previous books."
The Love Machine (Jacqueline Susann)
The Love Machine (Jacqueline Susann)
"Gotta love Jacqueline Susann.  After reading Valley of the Dolls a while back, I'm curious to read more of her work.  And in typical fashion, it's a very addictive read."
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
"I'm a David Sidaris fan, but I'm not really enjoying the "stories" section of this book, as they're not his personal stories.  His rich is life enough, he doesn't really need to be writing fiction.  The "essays" section is much better.  Overall, this isn't my favorite of his books."
Bright Shiny Morning
Bright Shiny Morning
"Whatever you might think about James Frey as a person, he can still weave quite a story.  Making me not really want to visit LA though.  I do want to hear about the regular, middle class family, but he didn't have a character fitting that bill. Not extreme enough, I suppose.  A bittersweet tale."
Daily Candy A to Z: An Insider's Guide to the Sweet Life
Daily Candy A to Z: An Insider's Guide to the Sweet Life
"This was a book that I didn't have to commit a whole lot of time in one sitting.  I love picking up new ideas and they did it in a fresh and witty way.  A quick, fun read."
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
"I got engrossed into this story right away.  It was fascinating to read about the lives of women in China during this time.  However, I just don't understand why these women do not say what they mean more clearly."
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
"As read by everyone and their Mom...  It seems as though *everyone* has read this.  But after reading this, I'm moving on to more pithier reads.  2 harrowing memoirs in a row, what was I thinking?"
A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father
A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father
"Another memoir from Augusten Burroughs centered more on his father.  As disturbing as it is reading, Burroughs weaves quite the story with exquisite detail.  It's amazing that he turned out a success. I just want to meet him and give him a hug."
Certain Girls: A Novel
Certain Girls: A Novel
"I love Jennifer Weiner and will pretty much read whatever she puts out there.  Love the idea about continuing Cannie's story, but in between "Good in Bed" and this book, she changed a lot.  An addictive story, but not one of my favorites."
The Alchemist  - Gift Edition
The Alchemist - Gift Edition
"This was recommended to me.  I was told that this book is a life-changer and difficult to put down.  Indeed, it's a very engaging read.  It's not very long, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing.  It will speak to a lot of people and the message is really positive."
The Villa
The Villa
"I was between books - waiting for a book from the library - and had some books that MIL lent me a while back.  This is one of them.  A very quick read, pretty predictable, but fun."
Remember Me?
Remember Me?
"Can't get away with not reading Sophie Kinsella's latest.  I really loved this one.  The main character is smart, realistic, and someone I can relate to.  And the story was enjoyable, too.  Hard to put down."
Stones from the River
Stones from the River
"I started this book years ago, when Oprah included it in her book club. I am interested in books set in Germany, having studied German myself. However, the book was long and didn't grasp me then. Now, a little older and wiser and with more time, I attempted it again.  And I'm really glad I did. Though it started slow, it turned out to be a worthwhile read."
Domestic Bliss: Simple Ways to Add Style to Your Life
Domestic Bliss: Simple Ways to Add Style to Your Life
"I didn't care for this guide too much.  To me, the voice smacked of snobbery.  Or, I just couldn't relate at all."
I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir
I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir
"It's like Augusten Burroughs combined with "Bright Lights, Big City", but way more fabulous.  A fascinating read that was really hard to put down."
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
"I've always wanted to see this book since it came out.  I love the format of the book, with all the pictures and captions.  So fun."
For One More Day
For One More Day
"Just love Mitch Albom's writing.  As usual a very fast read, but a really great story.  I wish the ending was a bit longer, with more detail about the resolution, but what can you say?"
Bad Dogs Have More Fun: Selected Writings on Family, Animals, and Life from The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bad Dogs Have More Fun: Selected Writings on Family, Animals, and Life from The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A collection of articles written by the author, reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Warm and fuzzy reading in a short story format.  I love his voice, though not that many dog stories as the title might suggest."
The Appeal (John Grisham)
The Appeal (John Grisham)
"The latest from Grisham, and I have to read it.  Lots of lawyers, as promised.  A very compelling read that I got through very quickly.  Hated the ending though.  Too bad."
The Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics)
The Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics)
"Yet another classic that I got away from school without reading.  Such a simple story, but so much content.  I just love the Old Man."
1984
1984
"A classic book that I never had to read in all my school years, though I do remember some friends having to read it.  Kinda scary, yet some aspects are very true in some communist countries today.  Looking at it from the perspective of an adult, I am not sure what I would think had I read it as a teen."
Daring Book for Girls, The
Daring Book for Girls, The
"Oh I wish this book was out sooner...when I was a little girl.  Such a variety of information and projects.  A great book for girls of all ages."
Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter
Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter
"Very interesting, funny, and easy to read. Think that waitstaff have it easy? They work their butts off. So tip your servers! Love the little "tips" that ends each chapter. One thing that bothered me, however, was that she harps on herself about saying "down-home country" to a diner in reference to chocolate truffles. The fact that she repeated her lamenting turned her into a food snob in my eyes."
Son of a Witch: A Novel (Wicked Years)
Son of a Witch: A Novel (Wicked Years)
"The sequel to Wicked, which I read last year.  Since Wicked was so long, it took me a while to get ready to read this.  The flow of the book, I thought, was much quicker and easier to read.  I really enjoyed it, but thought the ending was a little abrupt."
The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without
The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without
"I have a resolution to eat more veggies this year.  I heard the author talk about the recipes on NPR.  It will help me eat more veggies.  I love the illustrations, though it would be nice to have actual photographs."
Playing For Pizza: A Novel
Playing For Pizza: A Novel
"I'll pretty much read everything by Grisham.  Easy to read.  Though a little annoyed that he went back to Italy with the novel since The Broker was based mostly in Italy, and well, it seemed like Grisham put more effort into describing Italy like a travel book than into the plot of the book.  But anyway, a quick read that's a nice departure from his more serious novels."
Rachael Ray: Just In Time
Rachael Ray: Just In Time
"I love that she has some 60-minute meals.  Because sometimes, I want to spend a little more time on dinner.  Besides, I always take longer than 30 minutes to do the 30-minute meals anyway."
The Millionaire Next Door
The Millionaire Next Door
"This was highly recommended for those interested in straightening out their financial lives.  Makes you feel a little poor, but OK to be cheap."
Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
"As recommended by a friend.  A very enjoyable and quick read.  The version I read is the Revised edition.  Makes you look at things from a different perspective."