June reading

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  • Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde.  Skillfully told through the eyes of three different characters, it lays
    out the life of Leonard, a sweet boy who befriended his neighbour,
    Mitch, just shortly before his mother (Pearl) drops her son at that
    very doorstep never to return.  While Pearl’s disappearance maintains
    an air of mystery throughout, the focus of the book moves into deeper
    areas as Leonard and Mitch grow together and form a bond that can never
    be rivaled.  Leonard is an irresistible character from the time we meet
    him at the age of five, straight through to the closing pages.  His
    beauty and insight into life and the world around him are wonderfully
    thought provoking and awe inspiring.  Challenging our beliefs in love
    and death and the relationship the two
    have, this novel is an emotional voyage I’d recommend to any reader
  • Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella.  Exactly what you’d expect if you can imagine Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) giving birth.  I’m thinking that this series is done.  Or it should be.  Avoid it unless, like me, you can’t resist.
  • The King of Methlehem by Mark Lindquist.  Dude’s a lawyer, he wears a suit in every photo I’ve ever seen, he’s hot and he writes a damn good novel.  The authour of one of my favourite books ever just released his new work that is set in the Tacoma/Pierce County area of Washington State, where he is the trial team chief of the drug unit
    for the prosecuting attorney, and focuses on the dire state of the
    community as a result of widespread production and use of crystal meth.  It’s creepy in the exposure it gives to the issue and the lifestyle, but it’s still a great read and one I totally recommend.
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler.  Remember when I was feeling the love for her a few months ago?  That was nothing.  Six hours it took me to get through this and I only lasted that long because I spent so much time laughing out loud.  The onyl downside was that it made me feel like I’d really squandered my youth on things like monogamy and relationships.  What was I thinking?
  • Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again by Dr. Drew Pinsky.  I gained a lot of respect for Dr. Drew after reading how passionate he is in caring for the patients that come in and out of the addiction rehab clinic he runs in SoCal.  I learned a lot through reading his stories, but I prefer my Pinksy with a little Carolla on the side.
  • Postcards From Berlin by Margaret Leroy.  I chose this based on its title and cover.  I was lucky because it’s actually a great story.  In pushing to help her young daughter recover from an undiagnosable long-term illness, Catriona’s passion and insistence is turned against her when the doctors accuse her of being the cause of all her daughter’s issues.  Woven with several different plot lines, Leroy does a great job of keeping a lot of balls in the air throughout the book.
  • Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot.  Cute and a little funny, the story kept me in it because I could picture the French countryside that was being described.  It felt like it was geared for an audience younger than I am, but I guess that’s no shock since Cabot made her way into the book world by writing children’s books.  It’s exactly what you should expect out of chick lit, I think I’m just done with the bumbling heroine for a while.  It’s starting to get to me.
  • Gatsby’s Girl by Caroline Preston.  This was the real highlight of my month.  Gatsby’s Girl was inspired by letters shared between F. Scott Fitzgerald and the woman he referred to as the first one he ever loved and upon whom he based a lot of his female characters.  Not only was the story engaging, Preston’s writing is often like poetry in its beauty and the accounts of Fitzgerald left me wanting to know a lot more about him.  It appealed to me romantically, humanistically, educationally and in the end left me feeling entirely satisfied. 


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2 Responses to “June reading”

  1. Vegas Princess Says:

    I love the Shopaholic series and recently got this latest one…now I am hoping I am not disappointed. I also love Meg Cabot and picked up her latest too. Now I must add the horizantal life book too because it sounds really interesting. I still like to read fluffin the summer…a carry over from high school when I would untangle my mind from school books with trashy chick lit.

  2. SherBears Says:

    Interesting variety. Totally agree with you about Shopaholic. I think that those who love the series will be happy, but I was never in love. I wanted to see if Becky ever grew up. She has moments, but overall, doesn’t. I’m adding Love in the Present Tense and Gatsby’s Girl to my TBR list. Thanks so much for being the dealer to my addiction!

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