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I have been keeping a running tally of books read so far at my own journal: redzils.  It is a sticky post, so will show up as my most recent entry all year, if you are interested in books 1-42. 

Here is this week's tally:

43. Maybe, Maybe Not by Robert Fulghum (4/2/07, 232 pages).  This is the Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten guy, and I like the reflective tone he takes in sharing personal experiences, then tying them to larger phenomena.  This book was typical of his work, and fine.

44. Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie (4/1/07, 219 pages). This book has the most ridiculous cover of anything I have read so far this year, probably because it is a late-80s era romance.  I like Crusie's more recent work better, but it was light and fun.

45. The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy (4/2/07, 391 pages). This book contains a bunch of stand alone stories about people who live interconnected lives in a small village. That degree of overlap makes things a bit confusing, since each story is told chronologically, and the times overlap from story to story (i.e. one of the first stories begins when the young schoolmistress is 20 years old, and ends several years later.  However, other stories include mention of her at other, much older, ages, and vice versa).  Overall, it was pleasant but unremarkable.

46. Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck (4/3/07, 306 pages).  This was excellent. Martha left Harvard to return to Salt Lake City, Utah and her Mormon family, after having a baby with Down's Syndrome.  That geographical change sparked the return of horrible childhood memories, and started her on a journey of self-discovery that is powerful to read about, especially since she is very articulate.  I learned a lot about Mormonism too, by-the-by, which is interesting to me since my friend Mim is Mormon and I tagged along to Mormon Girl's Camp probably my freshman or sophomore year of high school. I recommend it highly - unless reading about flashbacks of sexual abuse would be triggering.

47.*  Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie (4/8/07, 381 pages). More silly, more fun.  This was a reread from long ago, since I recently read Faking It, which furthers the story of several minor characters, and I wanted to revisit their debut.

48.*  The Goodbye Summer by Patricia Gaffney (4/5/07, 460 pages). In sorting my books recently this ended up on the unread shelf. It took me a good chunk of pages to realize it was a reread, and even then I wasn't sure which guy our heroine was going to end up with, so I finished it.  It was fine, but if you are going to read Gaffney, read The Saving Graces.

49.  Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton (4/8/07, 721 pages).  Geez, I didn't realize exactly how long it was until I just typed the page number in - no wonder I find myself skimming the Vampire Hunter books lately.  It was fine, better than Cerulean Sins, which is my new benchmark for dumb. Overall, fine. She solves a murder, admits her new sexual preferences out loud to herself (about three books after her readers noticed them), and ends up onstage with Nathanial at a strip club.  There is some interesting stuff in there about her friendship with Ronnie, and Jason (legendary for his too-tight leather pants) continues to be the wisest voice. 

New total: 49 books, 15,910 pages.
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