Best and Worst of 2010

December 31, 2010

What would a December 31st post be without a Best/Worst list of some sort? I already posted a list for the first half of the year, which you can find right here. These are the Best and Worst titles that I read from July to December of 2010. As usual, these aren’t necessarily books that […]


Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

December 28, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Cedric Errol is the 7-year-old son of the deceased Captain Errol, a British subject, and Mrs. Errol, the Captain’s American wife. Captain Errol came from an aristocratic family with a long, distinguished lineage and immense land holdings in England. But he earned his father’s wrath for going to America and marrying […]


Christmas 2010

December 26, 2010

So now that the holiday is over, I can finally sit back and relax with some books! I received quite a few books this year, as you might expect, but also got some very interesting and unusual christmas ornaments that I can’t wait to use next year. I started collecting unusual ornaments a couple years […]


America By Heart by Sarah Palin

December 25, 2010

Summary (from the publisher): In the fall of 2009, with the publication of her #1 national bestselling memoir, Sarah Palin had the privilege of meeting thousands of everyday Americans on her extraordinary 35-city book tour. Inspired by these encounters, her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, celebrates the enduring strengths […]


The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

December 23, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Rachel Innes is a middle-aged spinster who decides to rent a house at Sunnyside for the summer while her own home is being renovated. She is joined there by her maid Liddy, and her niece and nephew Gertrude and Halsey. The first night passes without incident, but that will turn out […]


Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

December 20, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): The novel opens with Dr. Calgary facing a distasteful mission. He is going to see members of the Argyle family to tell them that their adopted son and brother, Jack “Jacko” Argyle, was wrongly convicted of murdering their mother during a heated spat about money. Jacko maintained that he wasn’t even […]


NY Times Bestsellers 121710

December 17, 2010

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. DEAD OR ALIVE, by Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood 2. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham 3. CROSS FIRE, by James Patterson 4. PORT MORTUARY, by Patricia Cornwell 5. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by […]


Stupid Christmas by Leland Gregory

December 14, 2010

Summary: Stupid Christmas is filled with short anecdotes culled from news stories and other sources about dumb things people have done around Christmastime. Most of the anecdotes involve drunk people acting stupid in Santa suits or criminals acting stupid in Santa suits. (Seriously, how many people have tried robbing houses by climbing down the chimney??? […]


Old Books

December 13, 2010

I went through one of my closets yesterday to pack up some old books for donating to the library. I came across several titles about adult acne because I had truly problematic skin for a long period of time. This Healing Adult Acne book by Dr. Richard G. Fried was one of the better ones […]


Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

December 11, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): The second installment of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series picks up where the first one left off. Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana, continues to investigate cases while also preparing for her upcoming marriage to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, owner of a successful auto mechanic […]