Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fiction (and one non-fiction)

Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
A fun quick read. Janet's characters are such characters! They are so vibrant, quick-witted and funny! Again, I chose a book that was in the middle of a series. (I hate it when I do that). But it was easy to understand what was going on. The book was about a bounty hunter, Stephenie Plum who is having a mid-life crisis of sorts trying to figure out the direction of her life. She quits her job hoping to escape the dangerous life only to be stalked by a former suspect. Of course, she is pursued by not one, but two, extremely handsome, competent, manly men who won't take 'no' for answer. There is much flirting and banter going on but it wasn't too graphic and left the juiciest parts for the imagination. A good, easy, quick, fun read.

The Ruins by Scott Smith
I don't usually read horror fiction and I imagine this book was similar to a Stephen King type read. It was good, it kept my interest. I don't want to give too much away but it is about a group of 20 somethings on a vacation to Mexico when they take a day trip that turns into something horrific. To comment about the ending would give it away. I don't even know what I would say if I let myself comment about the ending. I'm glad I read it, I guess I enjoyed it because I finished it quickly. But do I really enjoy horror? Not really. I wish I hadn't finished it so late at night.

The Zookeeper's Wife. by Diane Ackerman. I'm plugging away, it's not riveting, but I keep plugging away. I don't know if I will finish it or not. It is a true story about a family in Poland during WWII who ran a zoo and used the zoo as a cover to help the Underground efforts to free and protect many Jews. An important book, just not terribly riveting in the telling. I didn't finish it. I gave up and gave it back.

Resilience, by Elizabeth Edwards
Wow, she's really mad. I totally get it. I don't blame her for being mad, she's had a difficult (to say the least) life, but I didn't expect her to be so unreserved in her sharing of her feelings. A really fascinating book. I wish her and her children all the best.

Next up: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

5 comments:

Crochet Friends of Stamford said...

I read The Zookeeper's Wife also. I did make it to the end but with skipping through lots of the heavy descriptive parts. Not a fun read for sure!! I just finished "No Place Like Home" by Mary Higgins Clark. A fun mystery - I like her stuff. I'm currently reading "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown. I really loved "The DaVinci Code" too by him. This one is good so far - very captivating but a little graphic in the horror parts. Have a great day! :o) Haley

fracksmom said...

how do you find time to read???

Susan said...

Ellen,

Just go to the authors website & look for the order in which to read her / his books. Anymore now all authors have their own sites...

~ Susan

Trina said...

Janet Evanovich is the BEST! Her books are hilarious. I have read all the "number" books and occasionally she has a between the numbers book with the same characters that are really good too!

Stitch 'n Frog said...

Have you gone back to "One For The Money" by Janet Evanovich yet? It sets up the characters well, and makes the entire series more enjoyable.

She also writes some 'between the numbers' Plum books, a new "Motor Mouth" series and some romantic, but not ROmance. They too have great characters and a lot of fun happening in them.

I think I've read everything she's written, except the newest Motor Mouth book. Will get that one on my Kindle soon though~

Happy Hooking and Reading too~