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#fridayreads take me away

13th May 2011

#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. Want to know more? Read the original post where I explain why you should join in with what you read on the weekend. Want to write your own post? *Steal* my button. Have your own #fridayreads take me away post? Link up below! Happy reading.

Hello, dear reader. It’s Friday once again, and happily, on this beautiful day, I do not have to work (but more about that in a minute). I got this week’s #fridayreads recommendation from one of my favorite bloggers, Yvette from in so many words….

Yvette reviewed a book, Shakespeare’s Landlord, and I immediately sought it out on my nook. The book is by Charlaine Harris, pre-Sookie Stackhouse, and there are four more of them. Last night, since I no longer had any grading, I raced through the second half of it.


On one of her late-night walks, melting into the shadows to avoid detection, Lily Bard spots a suspicious figure with her garbage can cart, carrying something she quickly discovers is the body of the landlord who owns the apartment complex next to her house. Not wanting to bring attention to herself and her past, Lily anonymously phones Claude Friedrick, police chief, to tell him what she has found. Quickly, Lily’s ordered existence begins to change in ways that frighten and excite her.

Lily is an enigma in the town of Shakespeare, Arkansas. She doesn’t talk a lot, she practices karate, and  she cleans houses. She enjoys her work, “bringing order to chaos,” she likes to say, but she also knows a lot about the town’s residents because of her work. For instance, Lily knows the Winthrop’s teenage son is doing the horizontal tango. She knows, by the state of the apartment, that something is wrong with the Yorks, and she knows that Pardon Albee, the unpleasant landlord, was ripe for the killing. The question is, who killed him?

I really enjoyed this book, from the strong female protagonist, to her no-nonsense “Lisbeth Salander” attitude (Yvette’s comparison really intrigued me) to the interesting, small-town characters living in Shakespeare. I hope you’ll pick it up and come back to tell me what you think.

And what will I be doing this Friday? Well, my Friday reading will have to wait a bit because I’m heading to Houston to meet Cassandra of IndieReader Houston. We have both finished the semester, entering final grades this week, and decided we should meet up so we’d have a friendly face at BEA in TWO WEEKS.

So, I’ll leave my reading choice up to you:

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson

…. or another Lily Bard?

And just what are you reading?

jenn aka the picky girl

#fridayreads take me away

6th May 2011

#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. Want to know more? Read the original post where I explain why you should join in with what you read on the weekend. Want to write your own post? *Steal* my button. Have your own #fridayreads take me away post? Link up below! Happy reading.

Hello lovely readers! It is Friday, and my trip to New York City to visit my brother and go to Book Expo America and Book Blogger Con is less than two weeks away. I. Cannot. Wait. Travel, the ultimate escape.

In that vein, I am going to make a recommendation some of you may shy away from, but I promise, it makes for some good Friday reading:

I know it’s a western. Yep, but let me tell you, the same Robert Parker who writes a mean PI novel writes an even better western. In 2005, Parker introduced Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch to the world. (Of course, I always see them as Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen, thank you very much, because of the movie adaptation). Both men are pretty darn good with a gun, but they have a strict moral code, one they talk about often. Everett is educated; Virgil can’t put a sentence together to save his soul, but together, and with their guns, they add up to a duo you don’t want to mess with. The plot here is typical: dastardly rancher who takes advantage of the small town and its residents, but it’s a western. You aren’t reading for plot; you’re reading for characters. And if you pick this one up and like it, I’ve got a few more in the series for you. You won’t be disappointed.

Of course, now that I’ve recommended a western, you may be hightailin’ it outta here, but I hope not. I may be picky, but I’m also eclectic. How’s that for variety?

Today, after I sit down for my allotted research-paper-grading time, I will most likely start Kate Atkinson’s Started Early, Took My Dog.

Odd title, but I’m intrigued. Plus, I am curious to see if my opinion of Atkinson’s work solidifies a bit more. We shall see.

So, will you abandon me in my post-western-loving-confession moment of weakness? Or do you have any books out there someone would be surprised to know you love? Better yet – have you read any westerns? Do tell.

jenn aka the picky girl


#fridayreads take me away

29th April 2011

#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. Want to know more? Read the original post where I explain why you should join in with what you read on the weekend. Want to write your own post? *Steal* my button. Have your own #fridayreads take me away post? Link up below! Happy reading.

Yay! It’s Friday, my friends. It has been a stellar week here, what with bookshelves, birthdays, and e-readers. (More on which I chose if I can ever figure out how to edit video.) In the meantime, I’ve got a Friday Reads for you:

Unrealistic? Yes. Full of plot holes? Maybe. But fun? Heck yeah. There’s no denying I need a little John Grisham or Steve Berry action every once in a while.The summary from Grisham’s website (in the true spirit of Friday laziness):

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?

I mean, come on. Who can resist? This was a quick, fun read, perfect for a Friday afternoon or evening.

As for me, I’ll be tucked up with Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories before the onslaught of research paper grading. You know you’re jealous. 😉 Well, you can be jealous at least of the Kate Atkinson….

jenn aka the picky girl

P.S. Remember The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton that I reviewed here? It won an Edgar Award last night! Definitely check it out.

#fridayreads take me away

22nd April 2011

#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. Want to know more? Read the original post where I explain why you should join in with what you read on the weekend. Want to write your own post? *Steal* my button. Have your own #fridayreads take me away post? Link up below! Happy reading.

You know, to me, the ultimate read for a Friday accomplishes two goals: a. it takes me away (thus, the meme title) and b. it requires little in the way of thought. Not that I don’t love thinking. I do. [See yesterday’s review of Galore.] However, Friday afternoon and evening I selfishly claim as “me” time. Last Friday I stuck to my guns and took my copy of Real Simple and had my pedicure. This week is Good Friday, so I will be at church with the fam in the afternoon. Plus, work is still progressing on the bookshelves, but YOU, I hope, will be reading.

So what do I recommend you read this week?

To be perfectly honest, I have an ulterior motive. I really really want you to read Leviathan. I read this and reviewed it here way back in October.

Westerfeld creates an alternative history to World War I, full of steam-powered machines and biologically-altered creatures, who assist in war. It’s steampunk – set in the Victorian era, it’s fantasy at its most believable.

Leviathan is about a young man destined for great things and a young woman prohibited from dreaming of great things because of her gender. It is also about how each goes about forging his or her own way, regardless of society. Fantastic fun.

And I really want you to read it because I plan on reading….

I am almost embarrassed to tell you how long I have been intending to read this sequel. Leviathan is a real cliffhanger, but I guess since I had to wait (all of two weeks) for Behemoth to come out, my excitement waned. However, this is a perfect book for a Friday, and I am really anxious to start it and re-enter the lives of Deryn and Alek. Plus, if you read the first, I can tell you what I think about the second, and it will be a whole thing. Ya know? So get cracking.

What are you up to this beautiful day, and what are you reading for Friday Reads? I’d love to hear all about it and check out your blog!

jenn aka the picky girl

#fridayreads take me away

15th April 2011

 

#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. Want to know more? Read the original post where I explain why you should join in with what you read on the weekend. Want to write your own post? *Steal* my button. Have your own #fridayreads take me away post? Link up below! Happy reading.

This will probably be a familiar theme, but until classes are over and the last grade is assigned, this picky girl is going to be a basket case. Too much to do, too little time (though look for a post next week about teaching Persepolis and what I’ve learned). I’m trying to remember that I don’t absolutely have to have grades back to students within a week (they want them the day after they’ve turned in an assignment) and that I should try and have some sort of life for the last 12 days I am 29. That’s right folks. Only one more #fridayreads take me away post before I’m the big three-oh. So, where were we? Oh yeah.

This week I’m recommending you read… (drumroll please)


M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series. Any book really. I had never really read a “cozy” mystery until this past fall, but my mom really enjoys them. I picked up the first Agatha Raisin when it was cool and rainy outside and haven’t looked back. They’re light fare, that’s for sure, but who wants more than that on a Friday afternoon? Not me. Agatha is middle aged, divorced, and a bit bored. She has bought a house in Carsley, a small hamlet where the ladies, however friendly, call one another by surnames only and tea is mandatory (though often deadly). Agatha is also in the habit of poking her nose where it doesn’t belong, and too often that ends up in a hairy, hilarious situation.

The other great aspect of the Agatha Raisin series is that, unlike some series, there is really no need to read them in order. They are short, not too sweet, but definitely fun. Agatha’s antics tickle the back of the neck of this feminist, but I quickly get over it and just enjoy the ride in the lazy little town Agatha has made home.

 

And speaking of lazy….all I plan on reading today is this:

Isn’t that the most beautiful cover? Maybe it’s simply that I am craving all that energy the cover talks about, but when I got home from a really horrible day Thursday, this cover made me want to break into song and dance, run through the grass barefoot and drink lemonade. I need some “me” time, and I can’t promise I won’t be in a pedicure chair when I flip through this – cover to cover.

So…whaddya think? Doesn’t reading while having a pedi sound like the best kind of #fridayreads take me away? What will you be doing/reading to ease the stress of the week?

jenn aka the picky girl