January 25, 2007 everyone worth knowing by Lauren Weisberger
On my first "real" trip to San Francisco, I picked up The Devil Wears Prada at the bookstore and proceeded to devour it during my breaks and on the flight back to LA. I loved every single page of the adventure, having worked for a boss that was very similar in peculiarity and just as demanding. I found myself laughing out loud in the back of the plane, empathizing with the main character while being glad that I no longer worked for a "Miranda."

Last year, I picked up Lauren Weisberger's second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing from the bargain bin (it's a hardback) and left it on the shelf. I didn't think that anything could stand up against Prada and I didn't want to be disappointed. As usual, I was half right.

It took me a while to get into it. There seemed to be some pacing problems and there were motivational problems for some of the characters. I figured out almost everything way before we were told, which is a little annoying, but then I got to have some "nah, it can't be that easy, so it must be..." moments, which are fun too. The last third of the book was the best for me, though it mirrored Prada a bit too much in places.

All in all, it stays on my shelf and I'll definitely be picking up the next Weisberger novel whenever it comes out.

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January 20, 2007 Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares
Apparently my penchant for reading books in one whole sitting has continued. Last night, when I posted about Can You Keep a Secret?, I mentioned that I was about 30 pages into Forever in Blue.

Well, this morning, I woke up and finished the whole thing. I took a break to take a shower, but otherwise spent most of the day curled up on the couch, reading. I did that with the last one too.

It was a lot easier for me to dive back into these four lives than I had thought. I was also surprised to see how well I identified with plots of the girls (three of the four to be exact - can you figure out which ones?). As usual, it was a super quick read and I really enjoyed it. I'm sorry to see the series end, but at the same time, she did it so well.

And by the way - I'm now AHEAD of schedule. Go me!

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January 19, 2007 Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Last year, I didn't have much luck with the chick list genre, so I wasn't really looking forward to reading this one. It's a ray book for BookCrossing, so I figured I'd read it quickly and send it on its way.

Well, I was half right.

I read this book from start to finish yesterday. I read 150 pages at lunch, another 100 pages on my commute home and the rest during commercial breaks and after Grey's Anatomy. I really loved Kinsella's main character, who was neurotic, but not annoyingly so. I actually saw a lot of myself in her, which made reading that much more interesting. Some of the plot is standard chick lit, but there were a few plot twists that got me. It ended really quickly and there were some loose ends that I wish had been resolved. However, it was a great read and I really enjoyed it.

I'm already 30 pages into my next book, so I'm trying to keep on pace for this year. Go me!

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January 14, 2007 Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
This book was first recommended to me about a year ago by a very good friend of mine. He knows my taste in books and quirks of geekiness better than probably anyone thus far. So when he said that I would love it, I took him at his word. Unfortunately, it has languished on my shelf for longer than I would like to admit, but I finally picked it up on January 1st to my inaugural (no pun intended) book for this year's quest to read 50 books in 365 days.

Sarah Vowell writes the way I wish that I could write and inspires me to once again put pen to paper. She revels in her love of presidential death and assassination and the other quirks of history that make the hair on your arms stand up. She interconnects the events of the nineteenth century in and out of the tales that she is telling while discussing her journey to each and every landmark associated with the last days of the three Presidents she writes about. The anecdotes from the road are just as vivid and well-told as the historical ones. Reading this book makes me want to meet her in Chelsea for a cup of coffee, discussing the geekiest of geeky American history minutia as the cooler-than-cool New Yorkers walk past.

It took me 14 days to get through this book, not because of its density, but purely because some days I was too lazy to pull a book out on the train. So, I am a tad bit behind my book quota for this year. But unlike last year, when I didn't finish a book until February 5th (mostly because I got bogged down in a supremely dense, but lovely, biography of John Adams during January), I feel positive about my progress so far. Here's to reaching and exceeding the goal in 2007!

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January 13, 2007 Borders = Dangerous Country
Book stores are my kryptonite. Seldom can I enter one without spending at least $20 extra that I don't have. Last night's venture to Borders in the Central Valley was no exception.

I went to Borders to use up the miniscule remainder of my 2006 Holiday Rewards that I racked up while using the bulk of it on December 31st. The $1.01 I earned while spending the $22.76 on calendars and day planners would expire on January 31st. I had gotten an email that the fourth and last "Sisterhood of Traveling Pants" book, Forever in Blue had been released, so I figured it was time to spend it. I don't care if these books are aimed at consumers at least ten years younger than myself, I really enjoy them.

Of course, I couldn't just walk out the door with the discounted, hardback copy of FiB. No, no, not me. I also ended up with two books (seen below) from the bargain shelves. Those books seduce me with their severely-reduced, hardcover price tags and prey upon my lack of math skills since, even at $3.99-$5.99 a piece, it all adds up eventually. Thanks to the discount on the Ann Brashares and the $1.01 Borders Rewards savings, I managed to walk out of there for right around $20.

Unfortunately, now I have added to my already bulging bookshelves with more books to read, but my resolve is strong. I am hoping to stick with my goal this year. And if I don't like a book or it doesn't just grab me, I will donate it to the library or Bookcross it or otherwise get rid of it - if only to make room for the newly acquired evidence of my book-buying obsession!

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