Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Book Club Books; A Few Words . . .

Specifically, 3. The ratings represent the average from our book club. But I think I'd like to include a few words (of my own or stolen from book club members) about each book, so here it goes:

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters: 2.6 stars
3 words: Modern literary relief.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: 4.5 stars
3 words: Gripping. Universal. Hope.

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende: 3.5 stars
3 words: Fascinating. Fragrant. Rich.

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser: 4.5 stars
3 words: Terrifying. Convicting. Compelling.

Freakonomics by Steven Levittt and Stephen Dubner: 4 stars
3 words: Not that freaky.

Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl: 3.9 stars
3 words: Sensual. Attack verbs.

Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner: 3.5 stars
3 words: Closed mouth smile.

Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager: 2.5 stars
3 words: Opinions. Expected more.

Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner: 4 stars
3 words: Gently Inspiring. Fresh.

Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home by Jonalyn Fincher: 3.75 stars
3 words: Still mulling it.

Snowflower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See: 4 stars
3 words: Broad. Intriguing. Sad.

Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas: 3 stars
3 words: Disguised education. Odd.

Talk to the Hand: The Utter bloody Rudeness of the World Today or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door by Lynne Truss: 4 stars
3 words: Hilariously, painfully accurate.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: 2.5 stars
3 words: Uh . . . okay. Yanni.

The Greatest Generation: 4.5 stars
3 words: We need them.

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms: 4.5 stars
3 words: Yet beauty grows.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: 4 stars
3 words: Conversation book. Power.

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig: 4 stars
3 words: Hearty. Tardy plot.

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman: 3.5 stars
3 words: Animals. Polish undergound!

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortneson and Daid Oliver Relin: 4.1 stars
3 words: No couch humanitarian.

Truman by David McCullough: 4 stars
3 words: Like him. Worker.

Water for Elephants: 4.125 stars
3 words: Swashbuckling less pirates.

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks: 4 stars
3 words: Weaves in reader.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: 4.42
Macabre. Worth reading.

Twilight by Stephanie Myer: 3.5
What you expect.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: 4.7
Brilliant. Plot! Unforgettable.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell: 3.55
Fascinating Studies. Inconclusive.

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean: 3.55
Gentle despite content.

Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich: 1.5 (2 reviews)
Score's too high.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: 4.4 (4 reviews)
Your family's sane.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: 4.14 (7 reviews)
Low-fi Sci-fi. Adventurous.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows: 4.3 (5 reviews)
Friendly, yet literary.

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendhsip by John Meacham: 3.3 (3 reviews
Less Meacham, please.

My Life in France by Julia Child
Half-finished. Mehh.

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson: 4.125 (4 reviews)
Japanese "Internment". Yearning.

A Civil Campaign: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel by Lois McMaster Bujold: 3.75 (4 reviews)
Surpasses my nerdiness.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley: 2.95 (5 reviews)
Sciencey. Smirky. Saucy.

1 comment:

Karen Long said...

3 words: Succinct summary skills!