Innocent by Scott Turow

May 31, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Approximately 20 years after the events of Presumed Innocent, in which public prosecutor Carolyn Polhemus was brutally murdered, many of the same players resurface in Innocent under a different set of circumstances. Barbara Sabich, wife of chief judge of the Kindle County Appellate Court Rusty Sabich, has turned up dead. The […]


Dieting for Dummies

May 30, 2010

Since I live a mostly sedentary lifestyle, I guess it’s no wonder that I’m having a little trouble losing weight. It’s not as though I’m a candidate for Biggest Loser or anything, but I think I’d look and feel better if I could drop five pounds. This has actually been rather tough to do, and […]


9th Judgment by James Patterson

May 29, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): In the latest adventure of the Women’s Murder Club, Sgt. Lindsay Boxer and her friends Cindy Thomas, Claire Washburn, and Yuki Castellano are back to try to put an end to two serial criminals in the San Francisco area. The first is a cat burglar nicknamed “Hello Kitty” because of her […]


Favorite Reading Spots

May 28, 2010

I have a few favorite reading spots around the house. First, there’s my leather recliner in the living room. This is a comfy chair that I can curl up in during the daytime, when everyone else is at work or school. I love sitting here because I can take advantage of the daytime sun streaming […]


Now Reading

May 27, 2010

I’m currently in the middle of several books because none of them has grabbed my attention to a sufficient degree that I want to stick with it until the end. Don’t get me wrong; these still represent a far more interesting option than reading a bunch of acnepril reviews, which I spent almost all of […]


Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

May 26, 2010

Summary: This is a book I selected because of its place on the New York Times Bestseller list, where it has appeared, disappeared, and reappeared ever since its hardcover release in 2008. I do not watch Chelsea Handler’s show, but I was curious about why her books do so well. I previously read My Horizontal […]


Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

May 24, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): One day Gregor Samsa awakens to find that he has been changed into a large bug while he slept. His thoughts remain distinctly human, but his body, movements, and appetite now resemble those of a massive beetle or cockroach (Kafka doesn’t specify what kind of bug Gregor has become, nor do […]


The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

May 23, 2010

Summary (with spoilers): Between the years 1968 and 1985, 16 gruesome murders were committed in Florence, Italy. Police believed the same killer (or killers) was (were) responsible for each crime, and the media quickly dubbed this person the Monster of Florence. The killings had numerous features in common: all were couples (so there were really […]


To Alaska for Gold by Edward Stratemeyer

May 19, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): To Alaska for Gold was written in 1899 as part of the Bound to Succeed Series, which apparently contained a bunch of adventure stories aimed at boys. The reason I wanted to read this book is that I proofread about 100 pages of it for Project Gutenberg, and couldn’t help but […]


NY Times Bestsellers 51610

May 16, 2010

Here are the current New York Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. DEAD IN THE FAMILY, by Charlaine Harris 2. THE 9TH JUDGMENT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 3. INNOCENT, by Scott Turow 4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 5. DELIVER US FROM EVIL, by David Baldacci […]