Friday, February 3, 2012

Book reviews

Yeah, I can't believe I'm typing it either. I'm a SAHM of a 2yo and I have time to read. I have no idea how this happened.

I got a LOT of books for Christmas, and I've been plowing through them as quickly as I can before I lose this time I've gotten all of a sudden. First up:

(All images pulled off of, BTW)

I've read every one of Janet Evanovich's numbered novels (and a few off-tangent books as well). No. 17 ended with a cliffhanger of sorts, so it was fun to see how she was going to get herself out of her latest mess. As usual, I read this in a day.

Next up:

Awful, awful, awful (sorry Mom). I guess if you're a PD James fan and have never read Jane Austen, you might like (or even love) it. Dame James tried to write in Jane's style, but it just doesn't translate well in a modern author's hands.

In the middle of all that, an oldie but a goodie:

I'm pretty sure this is out of print, but you can get a copy off of Amazon for $5. GREAT book. I read it a couple of decades ago, and had forgotten all the fun one person can have in a book. I hated to see it end. This really should be made into a movie (are you reading, Paul?). Colin Firth would make a great lead I think ;)

After that I got into:

I loved this book for so many reasons. It explores the issues surrounding the first immortal cell line. And if you've worked in a biology lab since about 1955, you've probably worked with HeLa cells. I've handled a few million in my day. Ms Lacks also died at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, and I met one of the scientists the author talked to. I knew all the places in the Baltimore area that the author went to do some of her research. And the woman's story, and that of her family, were so compelling, it was almost impossible to put this book down. At time depressingly tragic, it really turned into a labor of love.

After that, I wanted to get to something a bit more...frivolous:

I can't tell you how many times I've read this. And I'm getting sucked into the story. Again.

I have no idea what I'll read next. Maybe that cookbook/memoir that I just got. Maybe something on the living room shelf. I'll let you know ;)

1 comment:

trina said...

I'm sad to hear about the PD James book - I'm waiting for it at the library.