Just me. (lara7) wrote,
Just me.

Books read, 1st quarter

1) Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
3rd in a series, really phoned in. disappointing.

2) Dead to the World : A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
My guilty pleasure. Shut up.

3) Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris (audio)
An interesting experiment but not as compelling as his autobiographical stuff. Fun on audio, though.

4) Dead as a Doornail : A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
See #2.

5) The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry (audio)
multigenerational fortunetellers in Salem, murder mystery. I remember this book had book club buzz a few years ago but I didn't see it. B-.

6) Puss 'n Cahoots (A Mrs. Murphy Mystery) by Rita Mae Brown
My other guilty pleasure. Not aging well but whatever.

7) Catching Fire (#2, Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
see #10

8) Chew Volume 1: Taster's Choice by John Layman
Dark graphic novel about a guy who can eat things and see their history who becomes a sort of spy. Amusing. Will read sequels.

9) 13 reasons why Jay Asher - (audio)
Teen novel about suicide. Dead girl leaves cassettes for friends and enemies explaining her logic for offing herself. Melodramatic but compelling. good on audio.

10) Mockingjay (#3, Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
I enjoyed this series, though the 2nd and 3rd books really moved the story in a different direction than I expected. Recommended.

11) Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (audio)
Fiction book about terrorism and innocent kids being detained for acting suspicious. The cool part is that real world hacks (how to defeat RFIDs, etc) are woven into the narrative so it's the Anarchist's Cookbook disguised as a novel. The not cool part is that the 17 year old protagonist's father is a librarian who quickly caves in to the "it's okay to give up civil liberties for safety" stance. Doctorow really ought to have known better and made the dad a realtor or a hotel manager or something less fraught with cognitive dissonance. C+

12) purrfect murder (A Mrs. Murphy Mystery) by Rita Mae Brown (Audio)
13) Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 6) by Charlaine Harris
no comment.

Non Fiction:
1) The Best American Crime Reporting 2010
Assorted pieces from magazines on crimes from murder to fraud. Worthwhile if you like these kinds of compilations, which I do.

2) The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes (audio)
A little dry, but nice contrarian look at FDR and his cabinet. Made me appreciate Hoover more than I had previously.

3)The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs (audio)
Collection of assorted magazine pieces by the author of "The know-it-all" and "the year of living Biblically". Okay, but nothing amazing. Read by the author, which is seldom a good idea but was bearable here.

4) I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (Audio)
Humorous essays by a less-bitchy Chelsea Handler type. read by the author, but it worked here. A little too NYC 20 something hip literary scene for me, but would recommend.

5) The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee
A+. I knew chop suey was a US invention and that what we call Chinese food is nothing like what folks in China eat, but this book goes into so much more detail and keeps it interesting. If you ever wanted to know who pioneered the idea of Chinese food delivery and littering your apt lobby with takeout menus, here ya go.

6) Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-Bending Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed to Be - with an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn by P. J. O'Rourke (audio)

Collection of PJ's car journalism, which is not nearly as interesting as his international/foreign policy stuff. Includes the infamous "How to drive fast while on drugs while getting your wing-wang squeezed and not spill your drink" piece. Loses a letter grade for 1) announcing a different subtitle on the audiobook than appears on the hardcover 2) leaving off the last chapter/afterword from the hardcover on the audio. I suspect the reading was done from the galleys, which is NOT COOL. C-.

7)The Best American Crime Reporting 2009
See #1. Fun fact learned from the piece on retail shoplifting: Target has it's own CSI-type crime lab for fingerprint evidence to expedite prosecutions of organized crime shoplifting rings. The lab collects fingerprint evidence according to federal standards and chain of evidence rules since cops are too busy to deal with shoplifting cases, even ones in the several thousand dollar range.

8) This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson (audio)
I'd read this author's book on obituaries "The Dead Beat" before this book was even released, so naturally I had to read this. a little fangirlish but had no real errors to speak of. She seems to think Second Life is the future of reference outreach (I don't) but her vignettes are interesting. Nice coverage of special collections/archives issues. Not sure how interesting it would be to non library lovers.
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