Saturday, March 29, 2008
I found the basic premise of the book to be a little beaten over my head numerous times. However, I did enjoy the many stories, case studies, and anecdotes of how these new economics impact our lives and the companies we patronize.
If you liked Freakonomics, this may be a book you well enjoy. Anyone who is interested in the future of business and culture and how it is impacted by our technological advances should definitely read this book.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Over the course of the day, in a series of deft interventions, witty misunderstandings and brilliant repartee, Miss Pettigrew is revealed as a lifesaver. A delightful, intelligent and naughty novel which reminds us that it is never too late to live.
The novel was a bestseller when it was released in 1938, but I can imagine how some would have considered it quite scandalous. Miss Pettigrew is a middle-aged governess and the daughter of a curate who comes in contact with Miss LaFosse, whom I'll describe as a woman of "riotous living". Each woman has an impact on the other that will change them forever.
The book is a bit naughty, but is also a pure delight. The recent edition released by Persephone Classics includes the original typeset and illustrations which I found perfectly charming. The book is fast-paced and reads like a play, with a lot of dialog. I was hoping that the movie would stay true to the book, but it appears from the trailer that it does take quite a few liberties. Nevertheless, I'm excited to see it.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
After reading the rave reviews of others, I've decided to join Carl's Once Upon a Time book challenge. There are four different levels in which to participate in this challenge, but because I know myself, I'm going to opt for the easiest (ahem, wimpiest) one. Basically, I only have to read one qualifying book in the Fantasy, Folklore, Fairy Tale, and Mythology genres between now and June 20th. Just one. If I happen to read, say 5, then I get to the next level.
There are lots of books I want to read that qualify though! I'm surprised at the number of series that I'm part way through. Participating in the challenge will give me a good excuse to get back to them.
Queen of Camelot
The Princess Bride
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (5th in the series)
To Say Nothing of the Dog
The Subtle Knife (2nd in the series)
Lirael (2nd in the series)
Something Rotten (4th in the series)
The Big Over Easy
Enna Burning (2nd in the series)
The Magic Circle
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I wish Maisie were a real person because I would love to be her friend! I find her a fascinating character (the feminist in me is always a sucker for the independent woman) but I don't think there is a lot of me that resembles her. I definitely wish I understood people the way she does. I probably resemble Priscilla much more (without the drinking problem)!
Ah well, I highly recommend this series if you haven't picked it up before. The psychology side makes them a little different from your standard mystery fare. I actually think I'm liking each book Winspear produces better than the last.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Read six novellas (defined as books between 100 and 250 pages for the purposes of the challenge) between April 2008 and September 2008.
Check out more about The Novella Challenge here.
1. The Scarlet Letter
2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
3. The Old Man and the Sea
4. The Uncommon Reader
5. A Walk to Remember
6. Cannery Row
Sunday, March 9, 2008
And with that, I will leave you to go and get it for yourself, so I don't totally ruin it. Just know that the book is wonderfully-written, the setting is fascinating, and it has a nice dose of romance.
I highly recommend it.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
This is the first of a trilogy of books about Gemma Doyle, a sixteen year old. Her mother is murdered in India, and she has been sent to finishing school in England. The circumstances surrounding her mother's death leads her to a series of discoveries, most important of which is her supernatural powers to move into other realms. There are friends, teachers, and love interests involved--and it's pretty racy for YA.
Usually if I read one book of a series I have to finish. But, I won't this time. The first book has to wow me, and this one just didn't.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
"Both reading and a love of reading are learned behaviors that should be taught at home and in schools. Like many of you in this room, I've spent my life in the company of good books, because my mother taught me to love them, and my teachers taught me to read them, and my library let me take them home free. Those early experiences had a profound impact on my life, and on my career as a public school teacher and librarian, and on my present work in the U.S. and around the world."--First Lady Laura Bush, speaking yesterday at the AAP annual meeting in New York City.
Monday, March 3, 2008
However, Julie over at BestBooks got me interested in this one, enough to buy it with my B&N birthday money. It was a short novel, made up of various essays about different members of the Palmer family through different generations. I liked how the novel dealt with real issues like bipolar disorder, divorce, and children who stray from their faith. I also enjoyed Hallstrom's sparse prose that often cut quickly to the heart of the matter and left room open for reflection.
The last chapter wasn't my favorite. It seemed like the author was trying to tie the messiness up as best she could. I wish she wouldn't have because that wasn't really the point of the rest of the novel. Life is messy and how we work through it together as families is the true test of our eternal relationships.