Short Reviews

Title: Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author: David Sedaris
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays
Rating: 4.5/5

I have become a big fan of David Sedaris, and Me Talk Pretty One Day only reinforced that feeling.  This book is packed with hilarious essays – some are standalone, about Sedaris’ upbringing in North Carolina.  (“You Can’t Kill the Rooster” is a highlight of this book, especially considering my husband is from North Carolina and his analysis is spot on.)  Some are about Sedaris’ move to France with his boyfriend.  Though all aren’t equally entertaining, it’s definitely a funny book overall.  I still firmly believe that Sedaris is better heard than read though – though I read this one, I think it would have been much funnier as an audiobook. 

Title: Big Stone Gap
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4/5

I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about Adriana Trigiani, and after reading Big Stone Gap, I completely understand why.  The characters are amazingly drawn and the reader really gets sucked into the incredible atmosphere Trigiani has created.  I was sad to put this book down, but thrilled to learn that there is a sequel!  I can’t wait to read more of Adriana Trigiani’s works, and definitely recommend this one for anyone who enjoys women’s fiction.

Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5

I have been wanting to read Wicked Lovely for some time, and am really glad I finally got around to it!  It’s an incredibly written story that is wonderfully creative.  Marr really creates an entirely unique world.  Faeries do exist, but they aren’t these amazingly beautiful creatures that humans can’t resist.  Some are gorgeous, yes, but many are nasty, spiteful things that you would never want to attract the attention of.  I can’t wait to read the next books in the series in order to revisit this world – I completely understand why this book has gotten so many rave reviews!

Title: Silent on the Moor
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 4.5/5

Once again, I was immersed in the world of Lady Julia Grey in Silent on the Moor.  This was really an amazingly written book.  After the previous two books in the series (Silent in the Grave and Silent in the Sanctuary), a reader has to ask “where else can these books go?”  Deanna Raybourn provides an excellent answer to that.  Silent on the Moor once again delves into new territory with a gripping mystery that really is impossible to put down.  I first heard raves about this series from Meghan over at Medieval Bookworm, and I’m so glad I gave it a chance.  It’s become one of my favorite series!  I already can’t wait for the next book, though I understand that Raybourn is taking a break from the Julia Grey series to start another one (which I will definitely be reading!).

Comments

  1. I’m very glad you’re continuing to enjoy the Julia Grey series! That new book that is unrelated is coming out in March and I’m really looking forward to it. I think the author is currently working on the next Julia Grey.

  2. I’m very glad you’re continuing to enjoy the Julia Grey series! That new book that is unrelated is coming out in March and I’m really looking forward to it. I think the author is currently working on the next Julia Grey.

  3. I know Candace/Beth said that the audio for Wicked Lovely was one of her best listens of the year. My library doesn’t carry it, but keep thinking I will get it as an interlibrary loan…

  4. I know Candace/Beth said that the audio for Wicked Lovely was one of her best listens of the year. My library doesn’t carry it, but keep thinking I will get it as an interlibrary loan…

  5. I read Big Stone Gap over Christmas and loved it too! I’ll have to check out the Julia Grey series; they look good!

  6. I read Big Stone Gap over Christmas and loved it too! I’ll have to check out the Julia Grey series; they look good!

  7. I read Big Stone Gap many years ago and really enjoyed it. I didn’t continue with the series for some reason. Must remedy that.

    I love the Julia Grey series. I think I will reread it before she comes out with a new one. Glad to hear you liked it as well.

    Have a good weekend!

  8. I read Big Stone Gap many years ago and really enjoyed it. I didn’t continue with the series for some reason. Must remedy that.

    I love the Julia Grey series. I think I will reread it before she comes out with a new one. Glad to hear you liked it as well.

    Have a good weekend!

  9. I”m so glad you enjoyed Wicked Lovely!

  10. I”m so glad you enjoyed Wicked Lovely!

  11. I love David Sedaris! When I listen to him, I cry from laughter.

  12. I love David Sedaris! When I listen to him, I cry from laughter.

  13. You’ve gotten in some good reading lately! I have Me Talk Pretty Some Day around here somewhere and now I look forward to reading it.

  14. You’ve gotten in some good reading lately! I have Me Talk Pretty Some Day around here somewhere and now I look forward to reading it.

  15. I have a copy of The Big Stone Gap on my TBR shelf and am glad you enjoyed it, Swapna. Wicked lovely is another one I really want to read. I love reading about Faeries.

  16. I have a copy of The Big Stone Gap on my TBR shelf and am glad you enjoyed it, Swapna. Wicked lovely is another one I really want to read. I love reading about Faeries.

  17. Thanks for your mini-reviews (I love that idea, btw). i have had me talk pretty one day on my shelf for a while, but may have to move it up after reading your review. =D

  18. Thanks for your mini-reviews (I love that idea, btw). i have had me talk pretty one day on my shelf for a while, but may have to move it up after reading your review. =D

  19. These mini reviews worked beautifully. Great job. And thanks for spotlighting some interesting reads.

    You know how much I loved Wicked Lovely.

  20. These mini reviews worked beautifully. Great job. And thanks for spotlighting some interesting reads.

    You know how much I loved Wicked Lovely.

  21. Me Talk Pretty Some Time and Wicked Lovely are two books that I intend to read this year. I hope 2010 is full of wonderful new books for you!

  22. Me Talk Pretty Some Time and Wicked Lovely are two books that I intend to read this year. I hope 2010 is full of wonderful new books for you!

  23. I’ve had the first two “Silent” books on my shelf for quite some time but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I think I always pass over them in favor of reading a different Georgette Heyer mystery. Some day!

  24. I’ve had the first two “Silent” books on my shelf for quite some time but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I think I always pass over them in favor of reading a different Georgette Heyer mystery. Some day!

  25. Good review of “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” I have been waiting to listen to this book. I enjoy David Sedaris sometimes. Some stories in “Holiday on Ice” just did not appeal to me.

  26. Good review of “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” I have been waiting to listen to this book. I enjoy David Sedaris sometimes. Some stories in “Holiday on Ice” just did not appeal to me.

  27. I agree David Sedaris is even more hilarious on audio book. I went to see him read in person in April and I’ve never laughed so hard.

  28. I agree David Sedaris is even more hilarious on audio book. I went to see him read in person in April and I’ve never laughed so hard.

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