good books

I’ve read quite a few good books lately, so I thought I’d share some mini reviews of them:

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. The translation I read was a bit abridged (the Barnes and Noble Classics edition),  but this 634-page edition still contained more than enough plot for this reader. It’s a brilliant story.

Bossypants, by Tina Fey. I love her. A fun and quick read.

The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, all by Jasper Fforde. I got sucked into the Thursday Next series, which is a delightful mixture of detective/adventure/fantasy targeted at literature geeks.

What’s Bred in the Bone, by Robertson Davies. A novel about the life of a Canadian artist/spy during the late 19th century and well into the 20th century, with an emphasis on factors that shaped his character and fate. Lots of great supporting characters.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. For me, this popular novel is Margaret Atwood’s dark visions of our future society meets young adult fiction featuring a teenage female protagonist caught in a love triangle (though composed of more functional relationships than in Twilight). Although the plot is driven by the horrific spectacle of children forced to fight to the death, compassion and decency are at the true heart of the story.

Currently reading: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

On deck: Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling

What have you been reading lately?

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2 responses

  1. Hi Ellen,

    Thanks to your recommendation, I really enjoyed The Eyre Affair. I am reading Moby Dick and enjoying it. I like to usually have a few books going at the same time. A very quick but great read is A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen. It is about the relationship between a recovering drug addict and an injured cat. Pete and I both discovered that Agatha Christie was very funny, and I plan on reading more of her many books.

    1. i’m glad you enjoyed the eyre affair! i’ve added a streetcat named bob to my list of books to read. i read a few agatha christie books when i was a kid, but i think i’d probably get more out of them now. i should definitely re-read them at some point.

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