Bookpile: August: 2010

Running behind – on reading and posting – thanks to things with my mom. She’s improving, BTW, but we still have a long row to hoe.

Skinny Dip – Grabbed this at my mom’s when I ran out of other things to read. It was definitely a good, solid, take-to-the-pool read. Surprised it hasn’t been made into a movie yet, though. It’s just the right kind of fluff for that. Lots of unbelievable things, plenty of action. Not quite a chick flick given the action, despite the main-main character being a woman.

Gatekeepers and Timescape – Books three and four of the Dreamhouse Kings series. Still loving this story and really looking forward to the last two books. The story does feel like it’s starting to move a little slowly at this point, so much left to unfold, so much already covered. I like the shorter books and think they would have driven me crazy with the chopped off endings if I hadn’t waited for them all to be out before I started.

Demon Ex Machina – Totally forgot there was another book coming out in this series (and bound to be yet another considering the way this book ends) until I read that they were making a movie. (So of course, I made a lens and you can vote for whom you think should play Kate in Carpe Demon.) The fun continues in this edition, with Kate juggling an even more extended family now that Stewart is in on the whole demon hunter thing. Oh, and Cutter. Oh, and Molly. The whole town’s going to know soon. But right now, Kate is focused on trying to figure out how to separate Eric and the demon inside him while hopefully killing just one of them.

Little Earthquakes – Part of a swap a friend and I did. We both like chick lit and this fits the bill, only without being overly sappy or mushy or … well, stupid. I really like Jennifer Weiner. Her characters are real and relatable, the story isn’t all about the men, and the books just provide what most books are supposed to do – several hours of entertainment. This one had me back to the days when my friends were all having kids and the conversation revolved around feeding and burping and potty training. (So glad those days are over!) But the personal challenges and tragedies keep it from being too much of a mother-baby-new-mom kind of story.

The Noticer – This book got mentioned in the course of a day I spent at Thomas Nelson and I was intrigued. But … not so much now that I’ve read it. It’s one of those parable kind of stories (think Patrick Lenconi), only it never stops being a story, never quite gets to whatever it is that I’m supposed to take away from it. I saw elements of the five love languages and a few other books in there, but no one real overarching theme that lets me tell you what Andrews is trying to tell you. Just kind of lame pablum in my book. Which probably works just fine for a lot of people, but not this one.

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