Thursday, July 31, 2008

Odd Mom Out

I chose Mom Odd Out by Jane Porter. It is a fun and easy read. It was one of the reader's choice books from the Salt Lake City Library. If you've ever felt alone and out of the loop, you will enjoy this book. It also has a love story which is one criteria I have for a book. Anyway, here is a summary. Hope you enjoy!

"Marta Zinsser grew up in a conservative, old Seattle suburb and couldn't wait to leave for New York, where she thrived as an independent woman with no need for men -- even when she decided to have a baby. Ten years later when her mother becomes ill, Marta realizes that this may be her daughter's last chance to get to know her grandmother and returns to Seattle, taking up residence on the affluent, technology-drenched Eastside, filled now by snobby old money families and even snobbier nouveau riche.Enrolling Eva in the local school, Marta accedes to her daughter's wishes and agrees to join the PTA despite being horrified by the fancy moms that dominate it. With wealthy husbands, massive homes, nannies, no jobs, and their own hierarchy, the fancy moms have no intention of letting a bohemian mom like Marta in to their private circle. Will Marta be able to carve a niche for both herself and Eva? And when gorgeous maverick Luke Flynn appears in Marta's line of vision, will she find love after keeping it at arm's length all this time?"

new book?

Ok Emilee... you are next. Then Mary, Catherine, Shelli, and then if Catherine B wants to still read with us it is her turn. Ok? Fair? Questions? Comments?

I am loving this reading group. It gets me reading new material and I love having a chance to discuss it with all of you!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I'm done too

Well, I finished. I'm anxious to discuss. I feel bad about not discussing "Precious Bane" more.

I thought it was worth reading, but it is definitely one of those rare situations where Hollywood totally improved on the story. Throughout my reading, something was really bothering me about this book, and I couldn't put my finger on it until I was about 75% done with it, and I realized that what it was: I didn't find any of the characters to be at all likable. Even the "hero" and "heroine" were dishonest, deceitful, and unkind (good oldRachel Weiss and John Cusak made them a lot more sympathetic). I also liked what the movie did with Wendall Rohr (played by Dustin Hoffman) making him into the lawyer who ultimately refused to be bribed. Just about every character in the book seemed to corrupt, and morally bankrupt. Maybe this is true to life, or at least is in the cynical view of John Grisham.

Interesting information about the corrupt world of the tabacco industry. I have to say though, not having read John Grisham since I was a teenage, I was actually pretty unimpressed by his writing style. I guess that's what higher education can do to you. It's a two star book for me.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Okay, I'm done too....

Liked it a lot...very different from the movie....and a little bit different from how I remembered it too! How's everyone else coming?

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Runaway Jury

So I finished reading this book. (yeah!) I won't give away the ending yet...I love Grisham's style of writing. This was my second or third time reading this book, although it has been many years since I last read it and I could not remember all the details. I love how you read the book and think you have it all figured out and than the last five pages of the book or so there is this whole new twist. How is everyone else doing? This was a good choice of a book.