November 30, 2008The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig
Well, I don't think I'll have the last published book in the Pink Carnation series by tonight as I have just finished this one, but it was a valiant effort. AND by the time I finish Crimson Rose, I will have met last year's total books read with a month left to go.
On to this book. Another great trip into the Pink Carnation universe, both for narrator Eloise's potential romance with Colin and for two more nineteenth-century English society/league of spies dwellers. I was a little annoyed at the beginning of Letty and Geoff's "romance" because it seemed like the misunderstanding was being deliberately misunderstood, but perhaps, I am just looking at it like a 21st century woman instead of in its "historical" context.
Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read and I'm desperate to get into the next book. I'm not sure how I'm going to wait until January once I finished that one!
November 27, 2008The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig
Spurred by my new library card and a late night talk with my dear friend Katie, I decided to grab the next three "Pink Carnation" books out of the local library and get reading; there's a new novel in the series due out in January 2009 and I feared that if I didn't get started reading the preceding books, I may never catch up.
As Katie had warned me, it does start out rather slow, but the last half to third of the book is just fantastic and I was loathe to put it down. I was totally swept up in the romances of Henrietta and Miles as well as the continuing slow burn between narrator Eloise and her "keeper of the archives," Colin. I was actually a little disappointed that there wasn't more of the Eloise/Colin storyline in this book since the romance between Hen and Miles was a bit obvious from the start.
I'm excited to start the next book this evening and hopefully finish the published books in this series before the holiday weekend is up!
November 24, 2008The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
My recent trip to NYC gave me a 4-hour bus ride in each direction which gave me plenty of time to finish this fabulous collection of essays by one of my favorite authors. Sarah Vowell has a great voice and a lot of her viewpoints and opinions coincide with mine, so I find myself doing a lot of nodding and "yes!"-ing while I read.
Written in December 2001, it's an interesting time capsule of Election 2000 and post-9/11 essays that try to make sense of the world and our country in a time that didn't really make any sense. A lot of what she writes is topical to that moment and contains things that I haven't really thought about in the intervening years. But mostly, it's just thought-provoking, humorous short pieces that make me smile and nod because it's so true.