The Vampire Lestat (Vampire Chronicles, Book II), Anne Rice

Rereading this for Carl's RIP challenge :-)

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The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger

Hey...it mentions Harry Potter, I HAD to read it!

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A Death in Belmont, Sebastian Junger

A little bit about The Boston Strangler, a lot about race relations.

Did not like this book at all, and in fact, didn't finish reading it.

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A Dirty Job: A Novel, Christopher Moore

OMG can I just tell you how much I LOVE Christopher Moore???! One of my favorite books by him! I loved the animal people :-)



Magical Thinking: True Stories, Augusten Burroughs

Picked this up on while on vacation and sat down for what I thought would be an entertaining, snarky read. Hmmm. I was HORRIFIED by what this man did to a mouse he found in the tub of his apartment, so much so that I skipped reading the full story; I'm sure it ended badly.

I was happy to read this Q&A from him, tho:

Which essay in Magical Thinking do you think will be the most shocking to people? Was there ever a point where you almost pulled one and said "I can't include that!"?
Easy, 'Rat/Thing' is the most alarming essay. And I seriously didn't want to include it and wish I hadn't included it. But I forced myself to put it in there because it happened, it's very real, it's disgusting and human in its inhumanity.

In the end of the story, Fabulous Fantasies, he says, "...I briefly flirted with the notion of undergoing sexual reassignment surgery." Instead, he writes, ..."So here's what I did: I went to the AKC Puppy Center on Lexington Avenue and I bought a purebred Shiba Inu puppy. He was frisky, smart and adorable. I named him Becky."

While I was pleasantly surprised to read he had a shiba , I was also unpleasantly surprised he got the dog at a pet store...and as the guy was a drug addicted alcoholic at the time, I have a feeling the dog came to a bad end. Must remember to skip that part, too.

His upbringing and his experiences in life made him what he is...an entertaining writer, but sometimes, beyond snarky and just plain cruel.



Dry: A Memoir, Augusten Burroughs

The second in Augusten Burrough's memoirs, and I enjoyed this one so much more. Also, I identified alot with it, as I married to an alcoholic who went through rehab. Brought back many memories, that's for sure!



Definitely Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 6), Charlaine Harris

Ooooh, I've been anticipating this book! This vampire series is awesome!!!

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Running with Scissors: A Memoir, Augusten Burroughs

Read an entry from his new book today and laughed my ASS off. Must.read.more!

Michelle has been going on and on about this guy, Augusten Burroughs, for the longest. I finally decided I'd pick up a book and see what all the fuss was about.

Jesus. H. Christ.

I loved this book, but it was tempered by my horror about what this poor man went through as a child! It made me so angry.



My Life in France, Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme

I was overjoyed to find a new book by Julia Child, called My Life in France, which was co-written with her grandnephew. He sat with her, listening to her recollections and stories, reading family letters and going through many photos. This book is the culmination of that, and it is spectacular! If you liked Julia in the least, are interested in France, cooking, photography or love, this book can't be beat. I want to savor it slowly, rather than dash through it, to make it last. One last visit with Julia...sigh...

Adored this book!!!

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Alternatives to Sex: A Novel, Stephen McCauley

This is a story about an obsessive-compulsive, gay 40-something realtor in Boston, in the year following 9/11. Funny, blunt, thought provoking!



Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, Ruth Reichl

Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: I’m such a good liar, I wouldn’t know where to begin.

LOVE IT!



The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls

I loved this book, buzzed through it in 2 days on the cruise!



The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

Three people recommended this book to me after Mom passed away, so I thought I'd give it a read.

Didn't much care for this one...can't say why.

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Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, Ruth Reichl

Loved Ruth Reichl's first book, the autobiographical Tender at the Bone; this one is just as good!

Hmmm...now that I've finished with it, I don't know if her first book was as good as I remembered, cause ... this one was a bit tedious. Hmmm...



Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6), J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

OMG...Snape is innocent! OMG...Dumbledore, nooooooooooooooo!!!

Snape! Draco! Horcrux! Vampires?! Inferi *shudder*

Starting reading it the second I got home Sunday night (7/17), from about 11PM to 1:30. Read for about an hour the next morning, read at work a bit, got home, and settled in to read from 8-12. Up to Chapter 26, The Cave!

Stop reading here if you haven't read the book yet... SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

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Good gawd amighty!!! Snape really a death eater? Tonks & Lupin a couple? RAB (I think it's Regulus Black!), or it could be Sirius's father, who's never been named.

This is my reply to zoot's review:

Ok, I can't think that Snape is really bad...so I'll think that Snape killed Dumbledore under Dumbledore's orders, similar to the order that Dumbledore gave Harry, to "...that you obey any command I might give you at once, and without question" because sometimes, "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... or the one.", i.e., Dumbledore gave his life to hide Snape's cover as a loyal follower of Voldemort, which could aid Harry in the future. Also, given that everyone is shocked that Snape appears to be as evil as everyone but Dumbledore thought makes me think that maybe he's NOT evil, using your JKR logic in reverse!

I think RAB is either Regulus Black (after all, he was a death eater who had a change of heart and if I'm not mistaken, Voldemort killed him) or Sirius's Dad (who's never really been talked about or named).

I LOVE that Remus & Tonks are a couple, and I'm glad I was wrong about Fleur :-)

Dumbledore; could JKR have ripped out more of my heart? Even though I think we'll hear alot more from him in the last book via his portrait; after all, we still don't know what happened to his hand.

Also, I agree with you about the books and the order in which you listed them. This book was simply fantastic! Very dark, and definitely leaping out of the realm of "children's" books.



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5), J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Must reread this before July 16th!!! Now I'm ready for the Half-Blood Prince sqeeeee!!!



Dead as a Doornail (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 5), Charlaine Harris

eek! The last one in the series...she better get to writing!!!

I adore this series, it's awesome!!!



Therapy (Alex Delaware), Jonathan Kellerman

Altho the reviews aren't so good...we'll see!

Finished this Sunday night; it was pretty good. The ending happened too fast, but that's my complaint about many books...I like it to be drawn out a bit...kinda like lovemaking ;-)



Appetites: Why Women Want, Caroline Knapp

I can't understand wanting control...if there's one thing I've learned in life, control is an illusion.



The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays, Caroline Knapp

I read her book about her dog first...then the one about drinking. The one about the dog was her best by far!



Marker, Robin Cook

Who doesn't like a Robin Cook thriller? Perfect summer reading :-)

***UPDATE*** UGH!!! Don't waste your time, surely this was written by a ghost writer...it was absolutely horrible!



Velocity, Dean Koontz

eh...only ok...



My Sister's Keeper: A Novel, Jodi Picoult

While I'm waiting for the 5th "Dead" book to come in, I started this, and again...can't put it down! I may be back to my somewhat normal book loving self!!!

I finished it tonight at 10:33 PM after plowing through it most of the day. I don't want to say alot about it so as not to spoil it for anyone else that may be reading it, but this is one of my favorite books, and I can't wait to read something else by the author!



Club Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 3), Charlaine Harris

Never have I gone thru four books so fast! Hot vampires, oooh la la!!!



Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 2), Charlaine Harris

Second in the series! Just started it tonight. Finished it, as well as the 3rd, and have ordered the 5th from the library!!! What great summer reading!!!



Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1), Charlaine Harris

Finished this one today; it's her first vampire book in the "Dead" series, I read the fourth one first, before I discovered there was a series!



Dead to the World (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 4), Charlaine Harris

Vampires! What more could a girl want to read about!!! I am SO glad I discovered this author ;-)



R Is For Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries), Sue Grafton

Picked this up along with Murakami's book, again, at the Coop with Michelle. I started reading Sue Grafton's books right before I left for Japan, and my parents kindly sent me all of the rest that I hadn't read. When I first got to Japan, I wasn't working, so I read...ALOT!

***What in the hell, does she own stock in McDonald's, tobacco companies and Smirnoff??? Geez!***



After the Quake: Stories, Haruki Murakami

First book I read by Murakami was The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I've since gone on to read all his works and I think he's fantastic!!!

This one did not let me down...very, very interesting thoughts!



Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship, Bark Editors

I bought this book yesterday in the Harvard Coop, just after meeting up with (my-new-best-friend) Michelle, who had to use the 'facilities' and while she was doing that, I had to browse the books, of course!

I picked up the book this morning to start it at the beginning, and what's the first sentence in the first story? "My
dog, Marley, was named after the late music shaman, Bob Marley
." Michelle's dog's name? Marley!

I adored this book, a collection of stories about loving a pet. Highly recommend!



The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood of Traveling Pants), Ann Brashares

I was a bit disappointed with this second book in the series. It had a very light and rushed through feel to it.



Letters From Father Christmas, J.R.R. Tolkien

Oh, I just loved this! The imagination of this man is just incredible!



The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, Christopher Moore

Thanks to Michelle, who kindly let me borrow this, I'm once again enthralled by Christopher Moore :-) Thanks, Michelle!



A Salty Piece of Land, Jimmy Buffett

He has a horse named Mr. Twain, talks about Tulum, Mayan ruins, Lost Boys, a tree house in a banyan tree, and when I read it at night before falling asleep I dream of beautiful tropical islands, the ocean, and warmth. Perfect antidote for the cold New England weather!

Didn't finish it...I think I've lost my liking for Mr. Buffett's writing...so sexist, like most guys his age.



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

I hesitated to read this book because of the title...but I'm glad I did read it. To see such a different way to look at the world is just amazing.



The Pearl Diver (Massey, Sujata), Sujata Massey

Sujata Massey is one of my favorite authors!!! Then again, Japan is one of my favorite obsessions ;-)



The Taking, Dean Koontz

I have to agree with the rater on Amazon who said, "Some good ideas, poor execution". It reminded me of Stephen King's The Stand; an end of the world as we know it type of idea, but not nearly fleshed out enough.



The Lord of the Rings (Collector's Edition), J.R.R. Tolkien

I always pick this up and read a bit of it when I'm feeling blue, or just need a Tolkien fix.



There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale, Sean Astin, Joe Layden

I met Sean a couple Saturdays ago at his book signing in Boston. Very nice, and I love his description of Viggo in the book :-)



The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Oprah's Book Club), Carson McCullers

Bought this book in 2001 and somehow it got lost. While cleaning, I found it and put it on my bed, so I wouldn't forget it again. The story? So far, so good!?



Why Girls Are Weird : A Novel, Pamela Ribon

Any book with a woman with a bag over her head and a big ole siamese on her lap can't be bad!



High Country, Nevada Barr

I love her series about Anna Pigeon and was thrilled to see this at the library tonight!



Dead Soul (Charlie Moon Mysteries), James D. Doss

The eighth of the Charlie Moon mysteries, but the first one I've read; very interesting. I like the 'otherworldliness' of it.

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Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes

A nice little piece of fluff, made all the more enjoyable by the english expressions! I also liked the storyline with Lisa and Oliver, and Boo (!) and Ashling.



Circle Of Five (Circle, Book 1), Dolores Stewart Riccio

Started it on 4/8/04 at lunchtime, finished it last night. I liked it a bit more than her second book, which I read first LOL!

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Seizure, Robin Cook

The Harvard peeps were a pain in the ass, is that REALLY how people talk to each other? Dang, gave me a headache! I liked the book tho I thought the ending kinda just was THERE...like he didn't want to write anymore...



Charmed Circle (Circle, Book 2), Dolores Stewart Riccio

I liked it, it was interesting and funny and sad, but 1. I don't like how the author portrayed 40-something women and 2. I wanted to know more about why Cass didn't have much contact with her kids.

Of course, she's got every right to portray 40-something women (or any character, for that matter) any way she wants, I don't argue with that. I just feel like I'm SO not like that, and it makes me wonder. Is it cause I don't have kids? Am I really that immature? I mean, I'd put on Led Zeppelin or Doug E Fresh while vacuuming, not Pavarotti's love arias (gak!). To each her own, I guess. I would just love to read about something I can relate more to, tho that might be an impossibility, unless I write my own book. And we all know I don't have the self-discipline for that!



Deception Point, Dan Brown

Liked this one MUCH more than Angels & Demons!



Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik

Finished it finallllllly. It was good, but he went into too much detail about the politics of France.



Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Ruth Reichl

Very interesting, especially for a foodie like me!



Angels & Demons, Dan Brown

Hmmm...I must've been spoiled by The Da Vinci Code, this just wasn't as good! It was almost like a romance novel, only better written...enough about the size of women's boobs, if you're not going to talk about the size of the men's dicks, mmm-kay?



Bride and Groom (Dog Lover's Mysteries), Susan Conant

I like how she writes about her malamutes, they remind me of shibas LOL!

As I was reading it, she mentions Harry Potter:

..."You should teach at Hogwart's," I said. "What?" "The school for wizards in Harry Potter. A teenage malamute just obeyed you. You're magic with animals."...

and I thought it would be great if she mentioned LOTR...40 pages later, she did:

...As I was sitting at the table penning the final inscription ("To Frodo, Bilbo, Merry, Pippin, and Evelyn, and with special congratulations to AM/CAN Ch Galadriel's Entwife...")...

And here's another quote I particularly liked, which she says in reply to her step-mother asking if she'd like her to put in a good word with her priest:

"As to the solemnization of our marriage, it seems dishonest suddenly to become Episcopalians for the sole purpose of snagging a dog-friendly priest."



Cold Mountain: A Novel, Charles Frazier

I have so many folded over pages and penciled notes, so many good quotes! Here's a few to start:

"He floated along thinking he would like to love the world as it was, and he felt a great deal of accomplishment for the occasions when he did, since the other was so easy. Hate took no effort other than to look about."

"...verbs, all of them tiring..."

"It's a lesson that sometimes we're meant to settle for ignorance."



Gollum: A Behind the Scenes Guide of the Making of Gollum (The Lord of the Rings), Andy Serkis

I found this book very interesting not just cause I'm a wicked LotR phreak, but for anyone interested in movies. How they created Gollum is just amazing!



The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

LOVED it! Made me want to learn more about the paganism, the Holy Grail, etc., etc.!

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