Monday, April 1, 2013
March Book List
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
I don't know how to sum up this marvelous conclusion to The Infernal Devices without spoiling anything. It's moving, surprising, and epic in the truest sense. As soon as I finished, I wanted to re-read the modern-day Mortal Instruments series to find all the cross-references which will now have much greater meaning. It takes special talent to build a strong, believable universe that crosses generations, and make all the pieces fit. Fantastic.
At Least You're In Tuscany: A Somewhat Disastrous Quest for the Sweet Life by Jennifer Criswell
Netgalley read; review to come later this week. Sorry, I'm a little behind on things. I will say that I really liked this!
You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins
Although there are a few great nuggets in this book for writers, I was largely underwhelmed by it. It's more of the hustle-hustle talk I've grown weary of. On the plus side, I'm already doing a lot of the things he recommends, so that was kind of reassuring. I give this book three stars only for Goins' observation that "you can't react and create at the same time," which really resonated with me. Other than that, go read Bird by Bird or something. :)
Save The Date by Jenny B. Jones
Lucy, the owner of a Charleston nonprofit for homeless young women, is in trouble. Her main source of funding has evaporated, and she's weeks from having to turn her girls back out onto the streets. When she goes to a benefit to appeal to donors, she runs into Alex, a former classmate turned ex-NFL star, notorious playboy, and candidate for Congress. Unbeknownst to her, Alex's campaign is floundering and he needs something to improve his public image. He makes Lucy an offer she (seriously) can't refuse: pose as his fiancee until the campaign is over, and he'll save her girls' home. What follows is enjoyably predictable, but also has some surprises thrown in. I can see why many of my friends love this book. It would be a great movie, and Reese Witherspoon would make a perfect Lucy (if she gained a little weight!).
Bread & Wine: Finding Community and Life Around The Table by Shauna Niequist
LOVED this and reviewed it here.
Books for March: 5
2013 year to date: 18