Holiday Wish List ’10

November 30, 2010

Can you guess what I want for Christmas this year? If you said books, then you’re right on the money! I am always in need of books, books, and more books to read, not only to keep this blog going but also just because I feel lost if I’m not in the middle of two […]


NY Times Bestsellers 112910

November 29, 2010

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the most popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. CROSS FIRE, by James Patterson 2. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham 3. HELL’S CORNER, by David Baldacci 4. CRESCENT DAWN, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler 5. FULL DARK, NO STARS, by Stephen King Hardcover Nonfiction: […]


Dixie Divas by Virginia Brown

November 28, 2010

Plot summary (from the publisher): “You found my philandering ex-husband?” Bitty asked. “Where? Mexico? Paris? In Tupelo with a cocktail waitress?” “In your closet,” I answered. “Dead.” Break out the hoop skirts and the zinfandel. The Divas are on the case. Wine. Chocolate. Transvestite strippers. Just another good-time get-together for the Dixie Divas of historic […]


Naked Heat by Richard Castle

November 25, 2010

Plot summary (from the publisher): Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again in Richard Castle’s thrilling follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, Heat Wave. When New York’s most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared […]


The Duchess by Amanda Foreman

November 24, 2010

Summary The Duchess by Amanda Foreman was originally published under the title Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire. The book was a New York Times bestseller, and was eventually made into a 2008 film starring Keira Knightley as Georgiana Cavendish. One can only assume that the book’s title was changed to draw in movie fans who might […]


Godless by Ann Coulter

November 22, 2010

Summary: In Godless: The Church of Liberalism, conservative writer Ann Coulter once again goes on the warpath to denounce what she sees as the failings of the liberal agenda. She covers a number of different topics in the book, including abortion, crime and punishment, teachers, “sobbing hysterical women”, and evolution. Coulter first explains liberal ideals […]


Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

November 19, 2010

Summary: In Outliers: The Story of Success, journalist Malcolm Gladwell contends that many success stories are not due to sheer talent or intelligence alone. Instead, there are usually a multitude of factors that come into play, resulting in a unique opportunity for a few people to rise to the top while those not fortunate enough […]


NY Times Bestsellers 111410

November 14, 2010

Here are some of the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson 2. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham 3. INDULGENCE IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb 4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson […]


Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica

November 13, 2010

Waiter Rant was available via my local library as a free download, so I decided to check it out. The description from the publisher made it sound interesting and funny. I thought I’d be getting tons of anecdotes about how awful some customers could be and how good others were. But while there were a […]


The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

November 11, 2010

Plot summary (from the publisher): (Note: This book was way too long for me to be able to sum up adequately, so I’ll just put the publisher’s blurb here.) “The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism. Rand’s hero […]