Archive for July, 2009

The Penny Pinchers Club by Sarah Strohmeyer

From the book jacket:

Living in New Jersey–the state that boasts the most malls per capita–Kat’s favorite recreational activity is a no-brainer: shopping. But when she discovers that her husband, Griff, has been hiding a secret bank account, her joyful consumerism suddenly loses its appeal. Are their fights about money more serious than she understood? Is he, as her friends suggest, preparing for a divorce? Just in case, Kat decides it’s time to start saving.

Drastic times call for drastic measures: Kat starts by canceling cable and kicking her $240-a-month Starbucks habit. But what starts out as a simple effort to cut costs becomes an over-the-top obsession when Kat joins an eclectic but lovable group of savers called the Penny Pinchers Club. Soon she is pumping her gas at dawn (when it is thicker) and serving dinner made from food she retrieved at the grocery store dumpster. Kat is saving money, to be sure, but what she’s really saving is time–time she spends with Griff, their two kids…and an old flame who resurfaces at precisely the wrong moment, offering Kat a life where money is no object.

I love this author, and this latest, perfectly timed for the economic time we live in, didn’t disappoint. In fact, there’s a morsel or two of good financial advice amid the usual chick lit drama.

Plus I liked how the Penny Pinchers Club met at the local library!

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July 31, 2009 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Missing Mark by Julie Kramer

This the second Riley Spartz book, and it was amusing. My complaint from the first book, about too much background slowing down the narrative has been fixed, although at times Riley’s asides about the news business irritated me.

However, this was another interesting mystery, again set during sweeps time and Riley’s character development continued.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next Riley mystery. She’s a fun feisty mystery heroine.

July 29, 2009 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

X-Rated Bloodsuckers by Mario Acevedo

Felix has survived Operation Iraqi Freedom, being turned into a vampire, and a ravenous horde of nymphomaniacs. Now he faces his toughest task ever—navigating the corrupt world of Los Angeles politics to solve the murder of a distinguished young surgeon turned porn star. But both human and vampire alike have reasons to want the secret to stay buried. . .
The title is really not totally related to the novel and more for shock value, and I could understand how it might turn some people away.

My uncle recommended this to me because it was funny. So I gave it a try while on vacation. It was funny, clever and entertaining, plus it had a fairly good mystery.

Quick read. And I can’t wait to read the other too, I like Felix.

July 29, 2009 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris

I want to watch True Blood, plus I want to know what was so appealing since I can’t keep these on the shelf at my library.
Well I found out, and am now anxiously waiting to read the rest of the series.

Sookie is fun. She’s spunky, it’s a short book, so it’s easy to get through. There’s a credible mystery. The resolution comes quick and they don’t spend much time with it after that. So for all those reasons I liked it.

July 28, 2009 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell

subtitled: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.

Not what I expected. Didn’t realize the Joy of Sex would play so heavily into what I thought was a cooking memoir. Also, I wanted to know more about Julia Child and wasn’t satisfied with the letters interspersed. However, there were more than enough funny anecdotes to keep me entertained.

I wanted to read this because I want to see the movie, and I’m interested in how the book will be translated to the big screen.

July 27, 2009 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

In 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced to deliver his twins during a blizzard. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but he recognizes immediatly his daughter has Down Syndrome, and he hands to his nurse to take to an institution. This secret haunts David, and his wife Norah, as well as nurse Caroline, as she doesn’t leave the baby at the institution but instead takes it to another city to raise.

This was a moving story about a split second decision which changes lives, and the secrets we keep. It was fast moving, and I liked how the story jumped ahead years, and decades. The resolution was unexpected. The characters were real and moving to me.

I especially liked Caroline and her determination (and days spent researching in the library) to give Phoebe every advantage.

July 26, 2009 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Tribes by Seth Godin

A slight departure from the usual marketing inspiration Godin usually produces, this is a tiny, inspiring book about leadership. It’s a call to leadership really. Written like a series of inter connected blog post, it is a book to dip back into time and time again for inspiration and courage as you begin to lead.

I find him to be inspiring, thought provoking and challenging.

July 5, 2009 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

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