What Am I Reading These Days?

Apr 18, 2013 by

Grace UnexpectedGrace Unexpected by Gale Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For readers who enjoy romance/chick lit with more than a dash of brains and humor, this book will be right up your alley. As much as I enjoyed the primary character of Grace and her main co-horts (Goody, Addison and True), I even more got a kick out of some of the secondary characters, especially Les, the Shakespeare-loving president of the college. A fun, fast-paced read.

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Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson MysteriesLost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries by Jon Ronson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A thoroughly fun set of essays by Jon Ronson on topics ranging from impending alien invasion to profiling individuals of different income ranges. What I especially like about Ronson’s essays is that he doesn’t shy away from the knee-jerk automatic reaction; in fact, he often shares the knee-jerk automatic reaction at the beginning of the piece. But he gets into the subject in as objective a fashion as he can, even while he admits to the emotional responses he has during his investigations. This honesty lends a much more authentic and empathetic feeling to the pieces than if he’d cited only facts and figures. A great read.

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Code Name VOIDCode Name VOID by Connie Hansen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Code Name VOID, a debut thriller by Connie Hansen, is wickedly good fun. It has one of the best hooks, bar none, that I have ever seen in a thriller – one SO good that it irks me that I didn’t think of it first. Cassie McKinnon is invisible to virtually all of the population, a trait that makes her an excellent assassin, even if her pesky conscience leads her places even she shouldn’t go. Half the fun of the novel comes from the very practical issues Cassie comes up against in her invisibility; many of us at one time or other have dreamed of being invisible, but few of us have considered the ramifications of it, such as how do you buy food when no one can see you? Possessing break-neck pacing, and Cassie’s own bawdy profanity-laced humor, I did not want to put this thriller down. Now that it’s done, I can’t wait to see what happens next for this character.

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