Daily Archives: September 20, 2009

Mailbox Monday

I’m participating in Mailbox Monday from Marcia at The Printed Page.

I had 3 books enter my house this week!

my life in franceMy Life in France by Julia Child snuck in to my cart at Costco.  I’ve got to watch more carefully when I’m in the book aisle.  They only other place this happens is the chocolate area.  I can’t imagine why.

I have a plan– one of my book clubs is going to read Julie and Julia by Julie Powell.  Since I’ve already read it, I’m going to try to remember enough to avoie rereading it.  I’ll read My Life in France instead, which should be a fun addition to the meeting.

Second HoneymoonThe Amazon package on my doorstep contained my next Book Club book.  We’re reading and discussing Second Honeymoon by Joanna Trollope on Thursday this week.

A Gate at the StairsThe other arrival was this month’s Twitter Book Club book, A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. There was a bit of confusion around this one, since the notification that I won a copy went to my spam folder, and I didnt know I was a winner until I went to the web site to confirm details.  This wouldn’t have been a big deal, but the books were delayed in shipping. I’d actually thought about sitting this month out for logistical reasons, but of course, I won’t do that now!

Thank you to The Book Studio and Random House for sending this to me!


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The View from Monday

book pileI’m participating in It’s Monday, What are you reading? at J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  Head over there to see what others are reading.

I’m looking back over two weeks, because with all the activity around Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I finally gave up on writing mine last week.

Looking Back

Books I’ve read:

I’m very behind on audiobooks because my MP3 player is dead (sob!).

I have a USB cable I use to charge it in the car.

I have a cable that I thought was exactly the same. It has the same connectors on each end. It charges the tire pressure monitoring system.

I grabbed that cable out of the console and plugged in my player. It went click, and now I have no more player.

(Actually, I have my old one that I’d given to my husband, but I think I’m too sad to listen to it).

The View Forward

I’ve got lots of reading to do:

  • I’m currently reading Second Honeymoon by Joanne Trollope for book club Thursday.
  • The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik for a Hachette giveaway.
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore for Twitter Book Club next Monday.
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield for my other book club in two weeks. (At least I can listen to this one!)
  • The next four Betsy Tacy books for a blog tour of Betsy and Joe in two weeks.
  • And I think last week I agreed to read and review two other books during this time.  Maybe I just imagined it.  I really wanted to read them both, and I couldn’t say no.  Still, I’m somewhat dreading their arrival.  But I’m also really looking forward to it.

There’s one more problem.  TV season is starting! I like watching TV.  I particularly like checking out the new shows.

I just need to figure out how to go without sleep.  That’s what I need.

While I’m working on that, check out my


How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist ends Sept. 22 (this Tuesday!)

The Way Home by George P. Pelecanos ends Oct. 2

And keep an eye out for The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik later this week.

Enjoy your reading!


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Review: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OK, Dead to the World may be my favorite Sookie Stackhouse book yet.

If you haven’t read this series, start at the beginning, with Dead Until Dark. It is a wonderfully fun world with a psychic waitress, lots of vampires, and a collection of werewolves and other shape changers. I’ve really enjoyed it (except when I tried to take the second book a little too seriously)!

In this book, vampire Bill has left the country after Sookie ended their relationship. (No causation implied. Probably.) Sookie is settling back into her normal life (or as normal as it gets for a psychic waitress). Returning home from work, she runs into (not quite literally) Eric, the local vampire leader. He’s wanted to be naked and in Sookie’s company for some time, but this isn’t quite how either of them pictured that happening.

In spite of her New Years resolution not to get beat up, Sookie ends up as bodyguard to a highly befuddled Eric. He’s been cursed by a group of witches that is new in town and looking for trouble, big time. Lowering Sookie’s odds of success in her vow is the disappearance of her brother, Jason. Local law enforcement figure he’s off for an extended sleep-over, so it is up to Sookie to figure out where he is.

That’s the set up. It just goes on from there…

I think the world is growing richer in each book, as we see into the communities of the different “supes” (supernaturals).

I loved kinder, gentler Eric (although it really took a lot of suspension of disbelief to think that’s what he’d be like if a curse stole his memory).

Sookie’s brother Jason is increasingly making decisions that bring him (unwillingly) into contact with the supes, and it will be interesting to watch his situation play out in future books.

I think Pam has possibilities for becoming a very interesting character.

Sookie had my sympathy, she’s finally coming to terms with her “disability” (psychic powers), but it isn’t making her life any better– she’s just getting drawn into more and more bad situations. This doesn’t seem to have any likelihood of changing soon.

I’m a little worried where Sookie’s love life is going to take her in subsequent books. She’s certainly in high demand. Will it go to her head? Will it be too much for her? Will the situation get silly?

I like that these books are quirky without getting silly, and I hope this balance is maintained in later books.

It’s interesting for me to reflect back– this is the first Sookie book I’ve read on paper rather than listened to. I think the series works equally well either way, so I’ll be returning to audio after this. I still wonder why Netlibrary has all but this one…

I read this book for the

Sookie Stackhouse 4 books down,
5 books left to go.


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