Book Review: Outlander

What’s the title? Who wrote it?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

How’d you read it?
Kindle

Why are you reading this book?
I saw a few folks writing about either the book or the TV show so it got on my radar that way. Then I saw the physical book for sale at Costco but told myself I had plenty of other books to read. I caved three days later, when I had finished my last book and didn’t find anything on my bookshelf and/or Kindle very exciting.

What is the first line?
People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread- and- butter to journalists.

Describe the book in haiku form:
ring of stone. magic.
she’s English, saved bysome  Scots
one is hunk named Jamie

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
xxx keep and loan out to friends/recommend they download xxx
keep to read again & again & again
throw it away/delete from the Kindle

Anything else you’d like to say?
She gets sent back and time and does remarkably well for herself, despite the fact all she knows about that time period if from her husband’s rambling. The romance is corny but not too much it’s distracting.

(This is book 2 of the 15 I want to read this year.)

Book Review: Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin

Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin by Nicole Hardy

Why are you reading this book?
I saw it at the library and the title intrigued me. I didn’t even read the synopsis until we were in the car, leaving the library.

What is the first line?
“Sex isn’t everything,” my mother says lightly from the kitchen of my new condo.

Describe the book in haiku form:
struggling to find
a life between Mormon and not
she makes her own rules

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
xxx keep and loan out to friends/recommend they download xxx
keep to read again & again & again
throw it away/delete from the Kindle

Anything else you’d like to say?
I read a good number of memoirs and they often feel so shallow or only focus on one tiny part of someone’s life. This book focuses on everything the author dealt with, trying to balance the teachings of the Mormon church and what she believed herself. Also, her writing is just funny enough that you’re not always bogged down in he overall serious tone of the story.

(This is the first of the 15 books to be read this next year. Up next, most likely, is Outlander, as I really enjoyed reading the sample last night.)

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine – A book review

(My thanks to the lovely Maggie for the whole idea of organizing a book review in this way. I tried to find out if it was her original idea or she swiped it from elsewhere but no dice. Either way, credit goes to her for inspiring me! Her reviews from 2014 are here. She reads quite a lot so there’s always new reviews up.)

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne (official book site here)

Why are you reading this book?
I downloaded the Simon and Schuster 2013 Fiction Sampler, desperate for something to read after finishing Hollow City, and this one of the books that had an excerpt included there. The premise was so different than everything I’d been reading lately and I love unusual storytellers.

What is the first line?
“I hit the remote control next to the bed and turned on the lights to play The Secret Land of Zenon.”

Describe the book in haiku form:

pop star at crossroads

mother manager, dad gone

normal life or fame?

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
keep and loan out to friends/recommend they download
keep to read again & again & again
throw it away/delete from the Kindle

Anything else you’d like to say?

The book was amusing enough but it seemed like it just sort of ended. Jonny’s big decision comes too quickly and you don’t get to see the repercussions because it’s the end of the book. The details of manipulating the media and backstage life are interesting but there wasn’t as much depth as I had hoped for. But Jonny is only 11; how much depth did any of us have at 11?