Friday, July 11, 2008

Fearless Fourteen

I bought it Wednesday and finished it this morning...

I'll be honest. When it was done, I wept. I actually shed tears. The book really got back to the fun and fabulousness of Stephanie Plum and Janet Evanovich (I was not a big fan of Plum Lucky). And now I'm sad because it's over and done with and I won't have another one for however long it takes her to write 15.

With the conclusion of this book, I've now read 63 books this year. In addition to the 44 already listed in my previous post (click reading selections to the right if you want to see those), I've completed:

  • Jesus Land by Julia Scheres
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
  • The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • The Book of Fred by Abby Bardi
  • If I Am Missing or Dead by Jeanne Latus
  • Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
  • Take It Back by James Carville and Paul Begala
  • Come Back: A Mother's Journey Through Hell and Back by Claire and Mia Fontaine
  • Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing up in the 1970's by Margaret Sartor
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
  • Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
  • The Broker by John Grisham
  • R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  • Secret Thoughs of an Adoptive Mother by Jana Wolff
  • Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

This year I seem to be reading A LOT of memoirs. So far, I've read 20 memoirs or autobiographies. I've also been reading some classics, like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and The Bell Jar, neither of which I had read before and both of which I loved.

It's been a great year for reading. The only downside is that I have not kept up with my book club reading 100%, but I've been reading enough of each book that I'm able to participate in the discussions and enjoy the meetings. It's summer, and I don't want to read anything heavy, although right now I'm reading Persian Girls by Nahid Rachlin and it's a very good, very fast read, but not exactly light.

So that's where I'm at... I haven't been keeping strict track of the numbers, and I've only been doing little reviews on my Good Reads, but they are good enough to make me remember why I liked or didn't like certain books.

And for the record, if you're hungry, do not read Playing for Pizza. Honestly, I wanted to hop a plane to Italy and eat until I exploded.

Happy page turning!

6 pearl(s) of wisdom:

Lauren said...

Ugh. I accidentally closed my window before I posted my comment. Hopefully it won't repeat.

The Hubz and I read Sex Lives of Cannibals before our anticipated stop on Christmas Island, Kiribati. Sadly, the tides weren't in our favor, so we couldn't dock, but the book was still fascinating. (We also got tons of immunizations for nothing!)

Kate/Susan said...

Have you read the follow up, Getting Stoned With Savages? I've got on that one on my "To Read" shelf. :-)

Seraphim9 said...

I've been patiently awaiting my turn for Fearless Fourteen at the local library. I think I'm #62 now. In the meantime, I've been reading the Heather Wells series by Megan Cabot. Seems cute - not as funny as Stephanie Plum, though. Seems to me like Megan is trying to be the next Janet E. with her main character trying to be an aspiring private dick. I do love the titles of the triad: "Size 12 Is Not Fat", "Size 14 Is Not Fat Either", and "Big Boned".

So you ask, why are you waiting so long to read a book (#14), why not just go buy it? To you I retort - why buy the cow when I can get the milk for free? So there. Nyeah.

Seraphim9 said...

Oh, and for you who may not know this, Meg Cabot is the author of "The Princess Diaries". Yes, of the motion picture fame.

"As if I'm not enough of a freak, why don't we just add a tiara?"

Melissa said...

1st of all Sera...I totally agree with you about waiting in line at the library for a book...I try not to buy "adult" books that I'm only going to read once then park on a shelf - "kids" books that I'm going to read to my class over and over and over however are another story....

Is Janet done writing the Stephanie Plums?????? I'm confused as why the 14th was such a big deal.....or Susan are you done reading them??? I've only read 9 though so maybe I'll get it once I read the others....

Melissa said...

oh wait....I'm a moron...I just re-read and now I get I remember too that you were disapointed in the "between the numbers" books and you haven't had a "fix" since the 13th one....ok I get it....sorry....