Short Book Reviews [TSS]

Title: The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
Author: Jasper Fforde
Source: Personal Copy
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5

I’ve been hearing a lot about Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair, and after reading it, I completely understand why.  This is an incredibly unique novel that is, quite simply, one of the most fun books I’ve ever read.  I love the alternate history in this book as well as the time travel.  Jasper Fforde’s sense of humor is excellent and translates very well to the page.  It’s such a smart, well-written and creative novel, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series!

Title: The Big Love: A Novel
Author: Sarah Dunn
Source: Personal Copy
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4/5

This is your typical chick lit novel with a twist – the main character, Alison, is a former Christian fundamentalist.  As a result, she struggles with the concepts of religion and God, as well as how Christians are viewed by the general public, through the novel.  This added feature really makes The Big Love worth reading, as it’s so interesting seeing her deal with these struggles.  Additionally, Dunn has a solid sense of humor and the story keeps the reader interested from beginning to end.  If you’re a fan of chick lit, you should pick this book up.

 

Title: Spiced: A Pastry Chef’s True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen
Author: Dalia Jurgensen
Source: Personal Copy
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Rating: 4/5

Spiced was an entertaining memoir about Jurgensen’s journey as a pastry chef in New York City restaurants.  Jurgensen gives the reader entertaining anecdotes about working in a kitchen (though admittedly, some of them are odd and out of place), as well as a look at kitchens through the eyes of a woman.  Her prose is clear and simple.  This is a quick read that anyone interested in the cooking/restaurant world will likely enjoy.

 
Title: Don’t You Forget About Me: A Novel
Author: Jancee Dunn
Source: Library
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4/5

Don’t You Forget About Me is a cute look at high school regrets.  Thirty-eight year old Lillian gets divorced a few weeks before her high school reunion and returns home looking forward to reconnecting with her old friends and high school sweetheart.  The novel light and fun, but Lillian has some deep realizations about herself, from how she treats people and judges them without even being cognizant of it, to how she romanticized her high school experience.  It’s a sweet book and Lillian is an endearing main character.  The change she undergoes is interesting and worth reading this book for!

Comments

  1. Don’t You Forget About Me sounds so cute — and I absolutely love the cover. Green and pink is a favorite color combination, haha. Very eye-grabbing!

  2. Don’t You Forget About Me sounds so cute — and I absolutely love the cover. Green and pink is a favorite color combination, haha. Very eye-grabbing!

  3. So glad you loved The Eyre Affair. That series is so much fun. Fforde is an incredibly clever writer.

  4. So glad you loved The Eyre Affair. That series is so much fun. Fforde is an incredibly clever writer.

  5. I have The Eyre Affair on my shelves. Like you I’ve heard so many good things about it! Really must get to it one of these days.

  6. I have The Eyre Affair on my shelves. Like you I’ve heard so many good things about it! Really must get to it one of these days.

  7. I want to read Spiced (which sits here in my TBR!) I love Fforde, and I’m not surprised you want to read his other books.

  8. I want to read Spiced (which sits here in my TBR!) I love Fforde, and I’m not surprised you want to read his other books.

  9. bermudaonion says:

    Those all sound good! Carl read Spiced and enjoyed it too.

  10. bermudaonion says:

    Those all sound good! Carl read Spiced and enjoyed it too.

  11. I love Fforde’s Thursday Next series (although I have to admit that I haven’t finished all of the series yet). She’s such a wonderfully interesting character and I enjoy the world he’s created.

  12. I love Fforde’s Thursday Next series (although I have to admit that I haven’t finished all of the series yet). She’s such a wonderfully interesting character and I enjoy the world he’s created.

  13. I didn’t really like Big Love…I found it dull. (and it’s normally what I would like!) haven’t read the others.

  14. I didn’t really like Big Love…I found it dull. (and it’s normally what I would like!) haven’t read the others.

  15. I’ve read a few of Jasper Fforde’s books but haven’t gotten to the Eyre Affair. I have to check it out.

  16. I’ve read a few of Jasper Fforde’s books but haven’t gotten to the Eyre Affair. I have to check it out.

  17. I have The Eyre Affaire on my lists for a couple of challenges. I can’t wait to read it!

  18. I have The Eyre Affaire on my lists for a couple of challenges. I can’t wait to read it!

  19. I have The Eyre Affaire on my lists for a couple of challenges. I can’t wait to read it!

  20. I have The Eyre Affaire on my lists for a couple of challenges. I can’t wait to read it!

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