The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

June 29, 2009

Summary (with spoilers): The subtitle of The Girls From Ames pretty much sums up what this book is all about: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship. Jeffrey Zaslow got the idea for this book from a Wall Street Journal column that he wrote. In the column, he talked about the importance of friendship […]


Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

June 28, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): Sixth in the Hannah Swensen mystery series, Sugar Cookie Murder represents a departure from Fluke’s usual style. The action takes place just a few months after Fudge Cupcake Murder, so many of the subplots in this novel are the same. For instance, Hannah is still working on the Lake Eden Cookbook, […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 62809

June 28, 2009

This week, two new releases made their way into the top 5 of the New York Times Bestseller List, with one of the new books debuting at No. 1. The bestselling hardcover fiction book in the country this week is Knock Out, the latest from Catherine Coulter. I’ve read a couple of Coulter’s earlier novels […]


Vandover and the Brute

June 27, 2009

Plot summary (with possible spoilers): Vandover (readers are never told if this is a first or last name; the character is simply referred to as “Vandover” or “Van” throughout) is a budding artist who lives with his wealthy father (the Old Gentleman) in a good neighborhood in San Francisco. The Old Gentleman has routinely indulged […]


Career Comeback

June 26, 2009

My mom was just laid off from her job. Understandably, she’s still reeling from the shock of losing a position she had for more than 20 years. She was just two years short of retirement, but still… it’s going to be so hard for her to adjust to not having anything to do all day. […]


Couldn’t do it…

June 24, 2009

Every time I go to the gym, I see people reading books and magazines while they’re exercising. I always bring in audiobooks on my iPod, but I’ve never tried actually reading a book while at the gym. But since I was almost finished with something on my Kindle, I decided to take this instead of […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 62109

June 21, 2009

Three new books pushed their way to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list in the Hardcover Fiction category. Relentless, the latest from Dean Koontz, led the way and currently holds the No. 1 spot. I’ve never read a single Dean Koontz novel in my life, but maybe I’ll get to him later […]


Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

June 18, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): Can You Forgive Her?, in typical Trollope style, is an expansive work that contains multiple plotlines and numerous characters to keep track of. The main story involves Alice Vavasor, a woman in her mid-twenties. As the novel opens, Alice is engaged to a country gentleman named John Grey. It’s then revealed […]


Need more nonfiction

June 16, 2009

There used to be a time when I read a good deal of nonfiction books along with all the novels I speed through, but it’s been a while since I’ve done that. I should really try to strike a bit more of a balance, though, so I decided to compile a list of nonfiction books […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 61409

June 14, 2009

After spending just one week at the top of the NY Times Bestseller List, The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly slipped down to No. 3 this week. I wonder: does the NYT list include digital sales in its numbers? Because I purchased the Kindle Edition of The Scarecrow, and I’m sure many others did as well. […]