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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I've been reading a lot lately. Here are some highlights:

Bet Me- Jennifer Crusie
I tried to read one of her books before and just couldn't get into it. I was hooked on this one from the beginning. It was truly enjoyable Chick Lit. Some romance books are just plain stupid and I feel like I have to turn my brain off to read them, this one not so bad. It won't be the subject of a thesis I'm sure, but the characters weren't plain dumb. Maybe I'll try to read her again.

Clay's Ark- Octavia Butler
I was very sad when Ms Butler died earlier this year. She is an extremly gifted writer. I don't know anyone who has read her work and didn't love it. Denise was reading Kindred at stop lights while driving. Her's is the only science fiction I'm drawn to. I've noticed a re-occurring theme in her books with the human struggle with identity and control with the alien species (which I guess would only make sense with this genre-duh!), but I still love them. I read this one in less than a day. With Ms Butler gone, Star Trek will be my only voyages into sci-fi.

The House on Olive Street- Robyn Carr
I got this from the Free Store (where I volunteer with my church once a month) and truly thought it would be one that I would start and stop over and over possibly never to be finished, but surprisingly I really enjoyed it. I missed a couple of segments on the news and maybe let the baby cry a tad bit longer than normal so that I could get to a good stopping point. As I was reading, I just kept thinking that I could picture this being made into a movie. If I see her name again, I will definitely try another one of her books.

Lean Mean Thirteen- Janet Evanovich
Another Stephanie Plum caper. I love these books and never want them to end. My only disappointment is that I'm up to #13 and have to wait for her to write #14(how long does it take to write a book anyways?!). You just don't get any better than this. I have to read these at home so I don't embarass myself laughing out loud in public. If you just want to sit back and relax and be entertained, read her books.

I've also read recently:
Beautylicious!- Jenyne M. Raines
I Left My Back Door Open- April Sinclair
Judge & Jury- James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Samson- Ellen Gunderson Traylor
Smitten- Janet Evanovich
Missing- Jasmine Cresswell
Living By the Book- Howard and William Hendricks
Aristotle Would Have Loved Oprah- Ethel Diamond
Four Play- Jane Moore
Let Prayer Change Your Life- Becky Tirabassi
Cross- James Patterson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- JK Rowling
Suspect- Jasmine Cresswell

I'm always taking suggestions for books to read. I read alot of cozy mysteries, but I really do enjoy all types of books and am always looking for something to take me out of the genre that I fall back in when I don't know what else to read.


Monday, November 12, 2007

100 Most Influential Novels by Women Writers
I've read the starred entries

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
Anne Rice, Interview With the Vampire*
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf, The Waves
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome
Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness
Nadine Gordimer, Burger's Daughter
Harriette Simpson Arnow, The Dollmaker
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
Willa Cather, My √Āntonia*
Erica Jong, Fear of Flying
Erica Jong, Fanny
Joy Kogawa, Obasan
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child
Doris Lessing, The Grass Is Singing
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time
Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres
Lore Segal, Her First American
Alice Walker, The Color Purple*
Alice Walker, The Third Life of Grange Copeland
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon
Muriel Spark, Memento Mori
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Susan Fromberg Shaeffer, Anya
Cynthia Ozick, Trust
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club*
Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife*

Ann Beattie, Chilly Scenes of Winter
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God*
Joan Didion, A Book of Common Prayer
Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays
Mary McCarthy, The Group
Mary McCarthy, The Company She Keeps
Grace Paley, The Little Disturbances of Man
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
Mona Simpson, Anywhere But Here
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm
Sylvia Townsend Warner, Mr. Fortune's Maggot
Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of Fools
Laura Riding, Progress of Stories
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Blue Flower
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
A.S. Byatt, Possession
Pat Barker, The Ghost Road
Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle
Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus
Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love
Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Barbara Pym, Excellent Women
Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony
Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist
Nancy Willard, Things Invisible to See
Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry
Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Disturbances in the Field
Rosellen Brown, Civil Wars
Harriet Doerr, Stones for Ibarra
Harriet Doerr, The Mountain Lion
Stevie Smith. Novel on Yellow Paper
E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News
Rebecca Goldstein, The Mind-Body Problem
P.D. James, The Children of Men
Ursula Hegi, Stones From the River
Fay Weldon, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
Katherine Mansfield, Collected Stories
Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills
Louise Erdrich, The Beet Queen
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
Edna O'Brien, The Country Girls Trilogy
Margaret Drabble, Realms of Gold
Margaret Drabble, The Waterfall
Dawn Powell, The Locusts Have No King
Marilyn French, The Women's Room
Eudora Welty, The Optimist's Daughter
Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John
Tillie Olsen, Tell Me a Riddle
Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Iris Murdoch, A Severed Head
Anita Desai, Clear Light of Day
Alice Hoffman, The Drowning Season
Sue Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
Penelope Mortimer, The Pumpkin Eater