July 19, 2008 When In Rome: A Novel of Piazzas and Passion by Gemma Townley
I found this book on my shelf as I was trying to clean out books I don't need to move west with me. I don't remember when I picked it up, but I know it's been on my list for a while. Sophie Kinsella is blurbed on a front cover, so I figured it couldn't be all bad.

It was a quick read, sprinkled with references to Roman Holiday, which I am ashamed I haven't seen. It IS on my Netflix, but I just keep moving things above it. But now I kinda feel like I have to see it.

Georgie was likable, even when she was being stupid, which is always a plus. The bad boy was in fact bad, but the good guy wasn't totally good, so that was new for me. It wasn't formulaic, even with the overspending on designer brands and the lack of passion for her job.

I finished the book in a day, and it was enjoyable. I don't know that I'll go out of my way to pick up another book by this author, but I won't turn down one either.

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July 14, 2008 Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman
Just a quick note that I've ended my Amazon.com Associates membership, so all links posted with the book covers will be to author websites and the like instead of Amazon.

This book was recommended to me by KB a long time ago, but I've just recently read through the essays. I won't say that I've closely read every single piece, but I did read the ones that KB thought I would like. And he was right!

The essays are about 10-15 pages each, making it a great book to take with you as you run errands or wait for someone to show up. My favorite essays include the one about The Real World (why KB originally rec'd it to me) and Saved By The Bell. I found myself saying "Yes! Exactly!" quite a bit as I read through or at least nodding as Chuck made points that KB and I have dissected or I've thought of as I've gone through life.

My favorite essay, however, was the one that starts off the collection because "it's so true!" The premise of the essay is that John Cusak has ruined Chuck's ability to make a woman happy. That one really got to me as he described the profound affect "Say Anything" had on women his age. Substitute Jim Halpert for Lloyd Dobbler and that makes a lot of sense to me. I'm so screwed.

But yeah. Love this book. Read it. Love it. Embrace it.

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July 13, 2008 Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot
So, it's been a while since I've posted, mostly because I'm reading about six things at once - but not finishing any of them. I hope that will be changing in the next few weeks, so I can get back on track.

I picked up this book during my trip to LA and I finished it in about 3 hours on Saturday, while at lunch and then later under a shady tree on a quiet street. It moves quickly, just like all of Meg's books that I've read so far, which I like. It was also fairly predictable, but since my predictions were what I wanted to happen, I didn't really mind that either.

This book picks up where the last one leaves off and addresses my concerns and hopes fairly head-on. I was kinda surprised at how pointed the "Ava Geck" seems to lampoon Paris Hilton, even with Meg Cabot's assertion that everything is fictional. I got a little sick of the main character's wishy-washy-ness regarding her love life after the conflict came to a head, but by that point, there were only about 100 pages to the end, so...yeah.

I was sad to say goodbye to Lizzie Nichols and the end of the triology, but I'm sure Meg will be whipping something new up for her adult fans soon.

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