The Associate by John Grisham

March 30, 2009

Plot summary (with possible spoilers): Kyle McAvoy seems to have a bright future ahead of him. He’s finishing up his last year at Yale Law, where he’s editor of the law review, and is fielding offers from all the biggest firms on Wall Street. He can easily get a starting salary in the $200,000 range […]


NY Times Bestsellers 32909

March 29, 2009

The bestselling titles on the Hardcover Fiction list remained exactly the same this week, as Jodi Picoult’s novel Handle With Care is the No. 1 book in the country for the third consecutive week. I originally hadn’t planned on reading this one, but since it’s selling so well, I might give it a second look. […]


Living on a Budget

March 28, 2009

My husband and I have both had our hours drastically reduced at work. I was only working a part-time schedule to begin with, so the cut there doesn’t really affect us all that much, but Jerry first lost his overtime and then went down to a 32-hour workweek. That’s making things very tight in our […]


BTT: Best Bad Book

March 26, 2009

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

March 24, 2009

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my goals as a reader is to read (or at least attempt to read) all of the books listed by The Observer (UK) as the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time. With the completion of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, which was No. 99 on the list, I’ve now completed […]


NY Times Best-Sellers 32209

March 22, 2009

A new title cracked the top 5 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list, which is really the only one of these that I pay much attention to, and an older title made its way back in. While Jodi Picoult’s Handle With Care remained the No.1 fiction book in the country for a second […]


Lit Trivia — Round 1

March 21, 2009

I thought it would be fun to pose a few trivia questions on this site every now and again. This isn’t a contest or anything; it’s just for personal edification. For my first question here, I’m going to call upon a play that we’ve all likely had to read either in junior high or high […]


Frommer’s San Diego 2009

March 20, 2009

My family took a vacation to San Diego in 2005, and we absolutely loved the area. In fact, we’re thinking of perhaps going back there again this summer because our last trip was so rushed that we didn’t get to do everything that we wanted to do. I was having a look through my old […]


BTT: Worst Best Book

March 19, 2009

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

March 17, 2009

When I was in high school, I had to read a lot of Hawthorne in my American Lit class. I clearly remember tackling The Scarlet Letter, as well as a whole bunch of his short stories. Since I liked those works, I always meant to go back and read more Hawthorne when I had a […]