This is my ultimate guilty pleasure, beach book piece of fluff, and consequently I read it in its entirety while I was at the beach this weekend. WhenThis is my ultimate guilty pleasure, beach book piece of fluff, and consequently I read it in its entirety while I was at the beach this weekend. Whenever I'm in the dumps, there are 2 books I pick up, and this piece of hardcover romantic comedy is one of them. When I broke my leg, I probably read it 5 times in those 3 months.
Bet Me is the story of Min Dobbs, insurance actuarial at large. She is "chubby" by her mother's standards, has a fetish for fun shoes, has lousy luck picking men, adores her sister and her two best friends, and is a die hard Elvis Presley fan. As the story opens, Min is being dumped by her "I-oughta-love-him" boyfriend, David, a sleazy software developer who dumps Min in a bar, as she won't "put out" for him after 3 months.
Cal Morrissey is a risk taking golden boy, gorgeous, rich, self assured, and afraid of commitment. He happens to be at the same bar that Min and David are at. On a bet from David, he takes Min to dinner. The bet is altogether more complicated than that, but I don't want to give too much away.
Min knows Cal's reputation as a playboy, and upon overhearing the bet being made, decides she'll string him along for 3 weeks and get him to take her to her sister Diana's wedding. But can she?
Despite their best efforts, they fall for each other. Min struggles as much to reject Cal as he does to come to terms with the feelings that he's finally met the woman of his dreams. But the bet may very well come back to haunt them.
Yeah right. It's a romantic comedy, not a tragedy. ...more
Yes, I finally got my hands on the latest Plum adventure!! This book follows the exploits of Stephanie Plum as she tries to figure out who offed her eYes, I finally got my hands on the latest Plum adventure!! This book follows the exploits of Stephanie Plum as she tries to figure out who offed her ex-husband, asshole Dickie Orr, while simultaneously doing a favor for Ranger.
I have to confess, this was not my favorite of the Plum books, but I really enjoyed it. This one, to me, was less laugh-out-loud funny, although based on the reviews over at Amazon.com, I may be one of the few who felt this wasn't a top book for Evanovich.
I enjoyed every page, every word, as I always do, but this one felt a little more guilty-pleasure and a little less I-love-these-freakin'-books good. Go figure! ...more
What can I say? I love Janet Evanovich, I love the Stephanie Plum series. It is the sole series of books that every single time I read them, they causWhat can I say? I love Janet Evanovich, I love the Stephanie Plum series. It is the sole series of books that every single time I read them, they cause me to laugh out loud. Every one of them has been clever and well written and absolutely hilarious.
This is a "between the numbers" book, meaning she just wrote a small Plum book to keep us entertained after releasing #13 recently. In it, Stephanie agrees to help out a match maker with her most difficult clients, one of whom is her sister Valerie's fiance, who faints at the idea of getting married.
Very short book, not overly taxing, but a whole lot of fun!!! If you love Plum, you'll enjoy this. ...more
The further adventures of Stephanie Plum, Jersey girl, bail enforcement officer continued in this, another worth addition to the Plum lexicon. I am glThe further adventures of Stephanie Plum, Jersey girl, bail enforcement officer continued in this, another worth addition to the Plum lexicon. I am glad to get to number 4, which is one of my favorites of the series alongside either 9 or 10 (I can't remember and the Amazon.com reviews are useless).
In this particular book, Stephanie has to track down Uncle Mo, a local saint who's wanted for murder. As the body count adds up (most of the deceased are drug dealers), Stephanie's own body is at risk, and from more than the increasing advances of Ranger and Morelli.
Grandma Mazur is great in this book as well. These books are way too much fun. ...more
One for the Money is, obviously, the first in the Stephanie Plum novels, and I haven't read it in ages, so I truly did not remember it. It opens withOne for the Money is, obviously, the first in the Stephanie Plum novels, and I haven't read it in ages, so I truly did not remember it. It opens with Stephanie broke after losing her latest job as a lingerie buyer and her car is repossessed. She's in danger of eviction, has sold off her furniture and needs a job. Her father hears that her cousin Vinnie is hiring in his bail bonds office, and though Stephanie arrives to get a job filing papers, Connie the Secretary convinces her to track down skips instead. Her first target? Joe Morelli, who we know from later books will become one of two of Stephanie's love interests.
The book is great. It sets up everything for the rest of the series--from Stephanie's car being blown up to the evil Benito Ramirez, to Grandma Mazur and Stephanie's mom, to Lula, Connie, Ranger, Vinnie, and Joe. And let's not forget Rex the Hamster.
If you have never read Janet Evanovich, you should. I love her. The only books that make me laugh out loud every time I read them. I'll leave it at that. ...more
This book centers around the funeral home where Grandma Mazur likes to get her social interaction on a near nightly basis. Stephanie is hired by the sThis book centers around the funeral home where Grandma Mazur likes to get her social interaction on a near nightly basis. Stephanie is hired by the sleezy owner to be his personal bodyguard and to find some property of his that has been stolen by his equally unscrupulous business associate--who happens to be Morelli's cousin.
Of course I love the books. My favorite is upcoming--four and ten are amazing--but the first few are real good. And even though they are formulaic, they remain witty and I never tire of them. I've told Judy to get me 13 and she better not have forgotten (hint, hint). I'm dying to read it. ...more
This is the best book I've read this year, and one of my top 5 favorite books ever.
The story centers around Joey Margolis, a quick talking, too-smart-This is the best book I've read this year, and one of my top 5 favorite books ever.
The story centers around Joey Margolis, a quick talking, too-smart-for-his-own-good kid in Brooklyn who idolizes one Charles Banks, a third baseman for the NY Giants. Through letters, report cards, interviews, newspaper clippings, and more, Joey and Charlie's relationship grows and develops and the book is at turns laugh-out-loud hilarious and move-you-to-tears poignant. Relationships develop amongst many "minor" characters as well, including Joey's principal and teacher, Joey's mother and aunt, Charlie's teammate Stuke and girlfriend Hazel, and even the Press Secretary of the White House and FDR.
I emailed the author after reading it and he got right back to me, which is always a good sign. I have given the book to several people as gifts and they have enjoyed it (my dad stole my copy!).
Covering an exciting and scary time for many Americans, the era after the Depression and of World War II, the book encompasses a time of hope, a time of sorrow, and a time of joy. Read it and be transported....more
I started reading this book 3 months ago and it's taken me this long to finish it. At first, I was really, really into it, loving the message of reclaI started reading this book 3 months ago and it's taken me this long to finish it. At first, I was really, really into it, loving the message of reclaiming our lives, giving back to the planet, ignoring the corporations, and returning to a simpler way of living.
I don't know why or how I got off track with it, but I did and found it hard to get back. I would read two or three pages here and there and then finally, today, I just said, "That's it, I've been trying to finish it long enough!"
The idea is that we are more and more obsessed with money, with a lifestyle being peddled to us by corporations and industries that want us to subscribe to "the good life" and that in fact, it's all a good life, whether it's what we see on TV or not.
There are a lot of anecdotes and illustrative stories and such to prove the point, but perhaps, for me, that's where the book started losing me. I started feeling like, "Yeah, I get it!!! What the heck am I supposed to do about it!?"
The book helped me to take some control back of my life and gave me the courage to take a hard look and see where I could save money, improve relationships, and reduce my carbon footprint. And since January 1, I've done so. Some of the ideas, I got from Cecile Andrews and some I got from my own thinking.
The book was good, but not quite what I wanted. At the same time was wanting less theory, I wanted more. At the same time was wanting more practical advice, I wanted less. The book was in some weird gray area for me. 3 stars....more
I was not madly in love with this book like I'd hoped I would be. It was on the verge of smug, and made it sound oh-so-easy to just up and get rid ofI was not madly in love with this book like I'd hoped I would be. It was on the verge of smug, and made it sound oh-so-easy to just up and get rid of everything and join a Minimite community. There was no real complaint about the manual labor, lack of contact with family on the outside, or other difficulties that surely must have happened as a part of Brende's experience. While I can certain sympathize with his complaints about the modern world allowing us to forget simple things, and the loss of community, I don't think it's always as easy to just drop everything as he made it seem. He was the right person in the right place at the right time....more
Pete Jordan started a quest to wash dishes in all 50 states. He had always seen himself as an average guy underachiever--his life's ambition as a kidPete Jordan started a quest to wash dishes in all 50 states. He had always seen himself as an average guy underachiever--his life's ambition as a kid was to be a housepainter. Dishwashing seemed easy enough--there were plenty of jobs and he could go from place to place and quit wherever and whenever he felt like it.
This book tells of his quest and the various and sundry places he dished. The book is fascinating, funny, well written, and a tribute to having high adventure without a lot of responsibility.
As I was reading it, I thought, "Man this sounds like fun, seeing the country!" and started to think about my own trip. I was soon bogged down in the details of it, and then I realized. "Hey! This guy did it as a dishwasher! He didn't need all the plans."
I have no desire to dish, my own dishes are bad enough, but the story was full of fascinating people and places and was enough to spur me to plan my own trip. Jordan writes with humor and just enough guilt that you occasionally feel bad for the people he leaves in the lurch--but not really.
I really enjoyed this diary of Margaret Sartor's, her memoirs of growing up in the 70's. She was a smart and moral and interesting young woman and herI really enjoyed this diary of Margaret Sartor's, her memoirs of growing up in the 70's. She was a smart and moral and interesting young woman and her presentation of her diary is interesting--not the usual "poor nerdy me" or high and mighty Christian, Sartor was homecoming queen and faced very real issues relating to sex, boys, parents, mental health, religion, etc.
It was a refreshing read--she made her choices with the best convictions she could and was honest and self-depracating and earnest all at once.
The book was fun, funny, and poignant. A great and quick read--some diary entries are only a sentence long....more
This was a great book, very hard to put down. I read it in 2 days flat.
The story centers around the Churchill family, when daughter Kara, a smart, preThis was a great book, very hard to put down. I read it in 2 days flat.
The story centers around the Churchill family, when daughter Kara, a smart, pretty high school senior, hits and kills a classmate while driving with distractions. The book follows the Churchills in the months that follow.
The dust jacket describes the story as being about the family dealing with the public outcry and community outrage stemming from the act, as well as the town's dealing with the situation.
However, the book is devoted almost exclusively to mom Leigh's dealing with her thoughts on family and motherhood and parenting, and very little to do with the accident at all.
Ann Packer's second novel was one I had looked forward to a great deal. I suspected it would not be as good as The Dive from Clausen's Pier, and I wasAnn Packer's second novel was one I had looked forward to a great deal. I suspected it would not be as good as The Dive from Clausen's Pier, and I was correct. While I rate Dive as one of the best books I read last year, this fell far short of that. However, it was still pretty good.
The story revolves around Liz and Sarabeth, childhood friends who as adults remain best of friends until Liz's daughter Lauren tries to kill herself. This opens old wounds from when Sarabeth's mother did kill herself when Sarabeth was but 16 years old and Liz and Sarabeth's friendship falters.
I liked it, it was a good read and took less than a week. There are few books I am sad to see come to an end and this did not fall into that category. But I wasn't happy to see it come to an end either. Merely satisfied that I'd completed it.
There are no deep truths about friendship, the book doesn't try hard to be more than it is. It's a simple, yet good story, about friendship and family, and the blurring of the lines between the two.