And here we have the books I've added to my Read in 2006 list so far this summer, plus ratings (out of 10)..
31. Hidden Honor by Anne Stuart (5/28/06)...7/10
32. Gone With the Windsors by Laurie Graham (6/3/06)....9/10
33. Sweet Ruin by Cathi Hanauer (6/7/06)...6.5/10
34. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (6/11/06)...10/10
35. A Famine of Horses by P.F. Chisholm (6/14/06)...6.5/10
36. Bad Twin by Gary Troup (6/18/06)....7/10
37. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (6/19/06)...7/10
38. 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal (6/20/06)...8/10
39. Plain and Simple by Sue Bender (6/24/06)…5/10
40. A Lady Raised High by Laurien Gardner (6/26/06)….7/10
41. Regency Charade by Margaret Mayhew (6/30/06)…7/10
42. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie (7/2/06)…7.5/10
43. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (7/8/06)….8.5/10
44. Treason by Meredith Whitford (7/14/06)…9.5/10
45. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (7/16/06)….8/10
46. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (7/16/06)…7/10
47. Disobedience by Naomi Alderson (7/20/06)….7/10
48. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers (7/22/06)…9.75/10
I cannot say enough good stuff about The Book Thief. If you haven't read it, do so now! Awesome, awesome. And I kept up my tradition of reading a classic this summer, having finished off Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Every time I read Austen I wonder why it's taken me so long to read another one. Love her writing!
Twilight has turned out to be one of those books I'd like to immerse myself in---interesting storyline and characters that have crawled into my soul to live. The writing itself isn't outstanding (Edward chuckles wayyyy too much) but there is something just so compelling about the story that I've found myself thinking about the book numerous times since I finished it Friday night.
I tried to read Alentejo Blue for review and had to pitch it halfway. If someone tells you this is a good one, ignore that person. There was no one in the story I cared about, and the odd things each character had wrong were just so....yucky. It seemed like an author trying to be pretentious for pretentiousness-sake. I don't do well with those.
I'm currently reading Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty) and it's okay so far (77 pages in). I like how Bray writes. She knows how to pull you in. I'm also reading The Thirteenth Tale for review and can't decide what I think of this one yet. It's come highly recommended so I'm hanging with it, hoping it picks up a bit. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.