Thursday, September 8, 2011

August Books...

We were semi-busy in August (and will be SUPER busy in September, it seems) so I did a lot of light, cheesy reading. :) It makes for lots of books to list, but it doesn't do anything for the intelligence. Ha!

Jaws by Peter Benchley


I read this several years ago on a plane to Peru but as it's one of my favorite movies, I'm obsessed with the idea of sharks, AND it was Shark Week, I felt the need to re-read. It's a good one, in my opinion. It's a good bit different than the movie and I like that. It does end VERY abruptly, though, so I liked the movie ending more. I just love, love, love all of the Jaws movies. (Yes, even the super cheesy sequels!)
Living Dead in Dallas and Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Club Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Bk. 3)

Living Dead in Dallas (Original MM Art) (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)

I really enjoy these Sookie Stackhouse novels. I know it seems like everything is vampire-y right now, but these have just enough action and drama to make me overlook the trend and really like them. We liked the show (we rented Season 1 while I was pregnant with James) but it was just SO bloody and gorry that I couldn't take it. These, while gorry, are not as bad as actually seeing it with my eyes.

Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
(Lib, this was for you!)

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

I know, I know...ridiculous, right? This was one of my beach reads last week and I actually liked it! I wasn't all into Sweet Valley like I was Baby-Sitters Club, but I did read a few. This one is certainly not for little girls or tweens! The twins are all grown up and dealing with real-life drama. (I say real-life drama, but some of it was over-the-top.) The premise is that Elizabeth and Todd have broken up (*gasp!*) because he fell in love with Jessica (*gasp!*) and cheated on Elizabeth (*gasp!*) and called off their wedding (*gasp!*). Elizabeth is now in NYC and hasn't spoken to them in eight months. Everyone is all crazy about whether or not she'll go to the wedding. I did like how it was written, because it kept flashing back, clueing me (not an avid SV reader) into the characters and the happenings. I was a little disappointed with how cheesy and predictable it was, but I guess that's to be expected from someone who made her name writing teeny-bopper books. Overall, it was cute...especially if you liked the series growing up!

The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew, Book 6) by Carolyn Keene

I told you that my beach choices were less-than-par. This one was good as well. As usual, predictable plot and you can solve the mystery by the end of the first chapter. I can't stop reading them, though!

I am reading TOO MANY BOOKS right now. On my list this month:

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson

Thoughts? What are you reading?

1 comment:

pcb said...

Girl with the Dragon Tatoo - amazing but some very graphic scenes. I read all three in the series, nearly without stopping.

Sarah's Key - maybe the saddest book I've ever read, but I loved it.

Thirteenth Tale - our book club did that one three years ago and we all really liked it.