redzils (redzils) wrote in stackofbooks,

58. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (4/28/2007, 414 pages). Pleasant, I like how she wrapped it up.  Warning: the first book in this series about Paige actually falls after the second book about Elena (Stolen, see below) in the chronology of this world, so it will make more sense if you read them in that order. I am looking forward to reading more about Paige.

59. Expecting Adam by Martha Beck (5/5/2007, 328 pages).  This book, describing Martha's relationship with her Down's Syndrome son  - both before and after birth - was a little woowoo for me.  It was sweetly written and I appreciate the process she went through in deciding her "damaged" child was really a gift from God; however, I find her less credible in this book than in Leaving the Saints.

60. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (5/14/2007, 417 pages).  Very excellent - it is a lovely, well-crafted fantasy weaving together modern academic culture and the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.

61. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong (5/14/2007, 469 pages).  Werewolves and demons and evil warlocks, oh my.  Brain candy, this one, but fun.

62. Indecent: Making it and Faking it As a Girl for Hire by Sarah Katherine Lewis (5/16/2007, 256 pages).  Interesting discussion of ten years of personal experience in the adult entertainment industry. It was published by Seal Press, who also published Bare, which I read last year.  For all Sarah's cavalier dismissal of the personal and relationship effects of being a sex-worker, there was heavy subtext suggesting she isn't quite ready to look at her own slide down the slippery slope from peep show worker to sex worker and her new dislike of the male of the species

63. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (5/25/2007, 333 pages).  This book is huge at the moment, and my decision to read it was based on an online review by a blogger I admire.  Maybe my life experience has been different than hers, but I did not find this book compelling or even that interesting.  Elizabeth experienced great personal growth, after a divorce.  She spent four months each in three different places, of which I though Italy was the most interesting.  I am glad she had these transformative experiences and that she was able to share them, but I wont be rushing out to buy her next travelogue.  It seems ridiculous for me - someone who spends a lot of time "nvael-gazing" via LJ - to say her self-fascination wore thin, but I was left feeling that way.

64. Point of Honour by Madeleine E. Robins (5/27/2007, 347 pages).  This is a "hard-boiled Regency" novel, about a "fallen woman" (i.e. non-virgin) working as an "agent of inquiry" (private detective) in Regency England. joyce recommended it, with the aside that Sarah and I had much in common. I didn't see the link while reading the book (well, aside from our inappropriate liaisons at early ages with fencing instructors), but joyce pointed out that Sarah and I are both "very firm, in that, if there's something you need to happen, or you want to happen, or you have good reason to make happen, it will happen," which makes more sense.  I am looking forward to the sequel.

New totals: 64 books, 20,452 pages.
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