I'd never read Dean Koontz before, and I liked Odd Thomas much more than I thought I would (3 stars). Odd Thomas is a 20-year-old pancake cook living in the California desert...and he sees dead people. In the spirit of "Medium," he solves crimes by using this gift. In Odd We Trust (2 stars) is a graphic novel, a prequel to Odd Thomas (which is the first in the series of novels). I was less impressed with this one, but it took me only a few hours to read.
My only 5 star rating this month went to Knowing Jesse: A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss, by Marianne Leone. Leone gave birth to a 30-weeker (premature baby) who developed cerebral palsy. Although he couldn't talk much or walk, he lived a vibrant, loving life until he died at the age of 17. This book is not for the faint-hearted, but I loved it.
Next I read a quick little time management book, Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy (2.5 stars). It gave me a few organizing ideas that I've put into place at work.
The loser award for "put down before finishing" this month went to Up in the Air by Walter Kirn (2 stars), which is not a bad book, per se...it just wasn't what I was expecting. I didn't find it be particularly compelling, although the writing was sound. Perhaps if I had been in the appropriate mood, I would have enjoyed it more.
I've been reading the Percy Jackson series with Kieran, and we started with Book #1, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (3 stars). Were Kieran giving the rating, it would be 5 stars. Now we are nearly done with the Sea of Monsters, although Mike's been reading part of it too so I have lost the plot!
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (4 stars) was the best novel I read in January. I enjoyed the mix of historical fiction (about the "19th" wife of Brigham Young) and modern-day polygamist murder mystery.
- The Borders in downtown Portland closing
- A fun site called Bad Austen
- Nancy Pearl (of Book Lust fame) getting named Librarian of the Year
- The new editions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer (I'm on the fence about it)
- Our new Trader Joe's cookbook and other Epiphany bookish gifts
- My anticipation to read Peggy Orenstein's new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter
I'm a little over halfway through our February book club selection, The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King, and am enjoying it. Why had I never heard about this series--about a spunky young woman who becomes apprentice to Sherlock Holmes? It's great fun.