Monday, September 20, 2010

Book Reviews

Last week sucked as the LO gave me her cold and then we were both sick and miserable.  She had to sleep in her Nap Nanny so she slept in our room and now her sleeping is really terrible. We missed services on Saturday so she was unable to wear her special outfit and I broke my computer.  I tried to fix it myself and ended up losing half the screws for the stupid thing.  My diet seems to be working somewhat as I lost three pounds--yeahhhhh!! But the weight seems to have come off my feet and stomach--boooooo.  My thighs are still thunderlicious.

We were both feeling better on Sunday afternoon so DH and I took LO to the park for her first try at the swings and she loved it!  She was soooooo cute with her red sunglasses and a burp cloth over her head as I forgot a hat.  I thought she would be holding on but she just sat back and enjoyed the ride. I will post pics later in the week. 

The Girl with the Dragon TattooAlthough I was sick I did get some time to read a few books over the week. I am going to start with the best book as I was really surprised! I bought, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo about a year ago and looked at it forever and never read it.  I tried to get into it but was confused by all the crazy names so I gave it away.  When the movie came out, I picked the book up again and read the back and thought about trying again but was mad that I had already paid for the book and not read it.  Then I heard there was a violent rape scene and I decided against reading.  BUT I was at Target and it was on sale right on my way to the baby section and I bought it! I loved the book and it kept me guessing the whole time. I will definitely read the other two books. I did feel the rape scenes were extremely violent and graphic but I was prepared for it.  

From Publishers Weekly
"Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family's remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman." Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A NovelThe second book that I read was by the author of The Devil Wears Prada.  Lauren Weisberger's new book is Last Night at Chateau Marmont.  I love Chateau Marmont as it seems mysterious and some very Hollywood events happened at the hotel, James Belushi died, James Dean auditioned for Rebel Without A Cause and Lindsay Lohan lived there for a year.  The book was not really about the hotel--boooo.  It was a good fictional story about a singer that hits the one in a million odds of making it in the music industry.  I really liked The Devil Wears Prada and I have her three other books but they have not really come close to her her first book.  This was the best book since her original.  My standards may have been low as I read her two bad books and then this one. 

From Publishers Weekly
"Brooke and Julian Alter are a happy couple--she's a nutritionist working two jobs to support them, he's a talented musician with a low-level recording contract--but when Julian hits it big in The Devil Wears Prada author Weisberger's not-ready-for-prime-time latest, their marriage wobbles under the strain of fame. Suddenly Julian is traveling nonstop, a pawn of his manager and publicist, and Brooke tries to balance her career with her desire to back him up. Paparazzi stalk their every move (believable in his case, less so in hers); her job is threatened by her repeated absences to attend events like Julian's Grammy appearance; and their shared giddiness dissipates as they are divided--physically and emotionally--as a couple. It takes many dozens of pages and a number of by-the-way announcements that might have ratcheted up the tension if they'd been part of the story to get Brooke and Julian into a crisis, unsurprising though that crisis may be. Weisberger has insightful takes about the price of success in our celebrity-obsessed culture." Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

3 out of 5 stars

Mortal Friends: A NovelMy last book that I read, "Mortal Friends," was a silly mystery that I picked up on the bargain book table and it was an easy mystery read that involved no thought and could be read while sleeping.  If you see it and want a good cheap not scary mystery.  Her other book was a bestseller so I thought, "eh, what the hey!"

From Publishers Weekly
"In bestseller Hitchcock's whirling and suspenseful comedy of manners, gauche, aggressive Cynthia Rinehart, a self-made millionairess, explodes onto the philanthropy scene and the grand dames of old money Washington collectively clutch their husbands. Meanwhile, the Beltway Basher, suspected to be a member of the D.C. elite, continues to bump off young brunettes. Reven Lynch, an unmarried antique-shop owner, is tapped to play society informant, perhaps because her love interest, notorious playboy (and the D.C. version of Sex and the City's Mr. Big) Bob Poll, is also a person of interest in the case. Gossip, manipulation and infidelity all happen behind Washington's velvet curtain, and it's the stuff of high school, but with higher—nay, deadlier—stakes. And among the backbiting, Hitchcock (Social Crimes) manages to stew a convincing homicide plot, peppered with enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing, and guessing again, to the novel's neat finish." Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

2.5 out of 5 stars