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Entertainment Weekly new classics

Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of ‘classic’ books written since 1983.  This link is to the top 25.,,20211702,00.html 

From there you can access the top 100.  I have read 4 of the top 25- On Writing by Stephen King, Into Thin Air by John Krakauer, The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling.   After that I’ve only read 4 of the last 75!

I’m not sure I think many of these will be considered classics in the future, but what do I know I’ve only read 8 of the 100.  What do you think of the list?

July 15, 2008 Posted by | lists | , | 2 Comments

Bittersweet Rain, by Sandra Brown

Cover ImageFinished 7-13-08, rating 3/5, romance, pub. 1984

Caroline grew up as the daughter of the town drunk.  She was the poor girl who would never amount to anything.  Rink was the significantly older, rich son of the town patriarch.  He met Caroline when she was only 15 and fell in love.  They hid their relationship until one day Rink decided to tell his father, regardless of the consequences.

Fast forward 12 years and you’ll find Caroline married to Roscoe, Rink’s dad.  Roscoe is dying and Rink is forced to come home.  Rink and Caroline are forced together by the circumstances, but find their attraction has the same powerful pull it had before. 

As silly as this may sound, and I thought it sounded silly too, it was an enjoyable romance.  There were a few things that I thought would be hard to get over, a college graduate in love with a 15 year old and a woman marrying an old man for the comforts he could provide, but somehow it worked.  It was a good romance and I would recommend it.  Sandra Brown knows how to tell a good story.

July 14, 2008 Posted by | 3 Star Books | , , , , | Leave a comment

You Learn by Living, by Eleanor Roosevelt

You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling LifeYou Learn by Living:Eleven Keys for a More Fulfulling Life

Finished 7-12-08, rating 4/5, non-fiction, pub. 1960

“It is a brave thing to have courage to be an individual; it is also, perhaps, a lonely thing.  But it is better than not being an individual, which is to be nobody at all.”                  Chapter 7

“What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading.  It is the ideas stirred in your own mind, the ideas which are a reflection of your own thinking, which make you an interesting person.”         Chapter 1

I knew and still, in many ways, know very little about Eleanor Roosevelt.  She wrote this book only a few years before she died and in it she chronicles what the many years of her life taught her.  She covers a variety of topics: learning, fear, using your time, maturity, readjustments, usefulness, individuality, getting the best out of people, responsibility, politics participation, and being a public servant.  This book holds up remarkably well and many of the affairs of the world are eeerily relevant today.

Eleanor was born to priveledge and the book makes that evident.  Some of the advice, while coming from a good place, seems somewhat elitist.  On the other hand, she is a woman who has seen the people of the world at their best and worst and has come away with a passion for life and making the world a better place.  Her antedotes about some of the important men of the day, her lunch with Calvin Coolidge and conversation with Mr. Krushchev are two that come to mind, make the book that much more interesting.  I found the book enlightening, inspiring, and educational.

She talks a lot about raising children and I think this would be a wonderful gift for a mom-to-be or new mother who has an interest in history or even the empowerment of women.  I think you’ll be better off for having read this book.

July 12, 2008 Posted by | 4 Star Books | , , , , | 1 Comment

A few thoughts on language

“The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.”  -Socrates


“Language is the dress of thought.”  -Samuel Johnson


“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.”  -George Orwell

July 8, 2008 Posted by | Say What? | , , | 1 Comment

Page 123 Quiz

The Rules

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I’m not going to follow Rule #5 because this meme will be my quiz for the week.  I want more than 5 people to participate.  It can be whatever book is on hand.

“Then on holy days, when people come from all over the country to hear the services in the cathedral, we gather farthings galore.”

“It seems to me we might man the bridge on holy days only, and give you a fire out of the proceeds,” said Philip.

Paul looked anxious.

This is from The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  Weighing in at 973 pages, it was given to me by my friend, Eric.  I think he was testing me to see how long it would take me to read it!  I am enjoying it very much, but am only on page 287. 

Let me hear from you.

July 7, 2008 Posted by | Quizzes | , | 3 Comments

The Widow, by Carla Neggers

Cover ImageFinished 7-5-08, rating 3.5/5, Romantic Suspense, pub. 2007

How would your life change if your husband was murdered four days into your honeymoon?  For Abigail, it changed the course of her career and the obsessed way in which she chose to spend her time.  She became a homicide detective, convinced that she would some day learn enough to find her husband’s killer, but seven years later she was still stuck reliving the past, looking for answers.  Then one day she receives a phone call that sends her back to Maine, where her husband was killed and she still owned a house.

Once in Maine there is a large line-up of potential suspects.  Abigail is familiar with all of them because she has never stopped investigating them.  While fighting for the truth she finds the time to finally heal from her husband’s death and fall in love. 

This was a fun book that will keep you guessing.  Here’s the post on my meeting Carla Neggers

July 5, 2008 Posted by | 3 1/2 Star Books | , , , | 3 Comments

Harlan Coben’s Latest E-Letter

Tell No One is my favorite Harlan Coben book, so I thought I’d pass this along.


TELL NO ONE Movie Opens in USA! 

Hey, gang —

The multi-award winning TELL NO ONE movie opens today in the USA!

TELL NO ONE, directed by Guillaume Canet, starring Francois Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas, and based on the novel by uh Harlan Coben, debuts in NYC and Los Angeles on July 2nd and then starts making it way around to select heaters all over the country. 

Stephen Holden raved in today’s NEW YORK TIMES: “Guillaume Canet’s delicious contemporary thriller TELL NO ONE  is Vertigo meets The Fugitive by way of The Big Sleep. That is meant as high praise… Tell No One is pure, nasty fun. I watched it twice. It was even better the second time.” 
(Read the whole review at

And in today’s LOS ANGELES TIMES Kenneth Turren wrote: “Tell everyone about TELL NO ONE…. Author Coben, who says he is a fan of ‘stories that move you, that grab hold of your heart and do not let it go,’ has gotten a film that does exactly that.”
(Read the whole review at,0,2639849.story)

To see the trailer – and for those who are observant, can you spot me in it? – visit

For a full listing of where it will be playing, click and then click Screenings. That’s all I know about screenings now.  No word on DVD release or any of that.

Nominated for 9 Cesar Awards (French Oscan) and winning four as well as winning the Lumiere Award (French Golden Globe) for Best Movie, TELL NO ONE was one of the top grossing films in Europe and the UK and now after debuting in New York and Los Angeles on July 2nd, it finally comes here!

That’s all the news for now.  Keep reading and have a wonderful summer.



July 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

The Blue Hour, by T. Jefferson Parker

Cover ImageFinished 7-1-08, rating 3/5, thriller, pub. 2000

“Use the years to live well.”    Chapter 35

Retired detective, Tim Hess, is asked to come back to work as a consultant.  Hess is taking chemo and radiation treatments and will be forced to take orders from a young, brash detective that has just sued her last partner for sexual harassment.   He takes the job and is hoping to pass on his years of wisdom to his partner, Merci.  Merci, for her part, is an ambitious woman who has not yet figured out how to play well with others.  They are tracking a serial killer and using the time to learn what each other has to offer.

I liked Hess, but not Merci.  I thought the mystery was good and moved fast.  I did not really like the last chapter, it didn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the book.  I didn’t love it, but it was good.  This is the first in a series just about Merci and I’m curious to see if she softens enough for me to really like her as the series progresses.  We’ll see.

July 2, 2008 Posted by | 3 Star Books | , , , , | 4 Comments