Friday, 12 August 2011

Shameful books

All our books are packed, but I had one book ready to read which I devoured very quickly. Okay, I'm going to confess-I am a fan of the shopoholic books by Sophie Kinsella. I know, I know, they're chick lit at best and vacuous trash at worst but I don't care, I love them! Mini Shopoholic is the latest in the series and while I wish I could update you about Voltaire or sone other worthy tome, I can't. I can tell you that I enjoyed Mini Shopoholic immensely and will re-read the first ones if I ever find them. The story is mostly about a party but I don't read these for thd plot, I read them fir the snippets of comedy genius and brand name shout outs (both of which appear aplenty). Frankly, I still can't believe the main character has a husband let alone a child as she's extremely irritating generally, but I cheerfully suspend my disbelief and enjoy the ride. I suggest you do the same. AC x

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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Cheating and Eclipse

I must confess to some cheating as I've been reading the first two Poldark novels which I borrowed from my local library (use your libraries kids or they'll be gone tomorrow!) and they are great fun and highly recommended. However I don't own them so I can't talk about them. What I can talk about is Eclipse the third (and I thought final but apparently not) part of Stephanie Meyer's paranormal romance the Twilight Saga. These books get slated a lot though I doubt Meyers cares as they've made her a fortune. I like them generally but they're not in the least sophisticated - I get the impression that they're aimed at kids as Meyers doesn't seem able to engage in a higher level than that of an angsty teen. And I challenge anyone to not want to punch Bella in the face were she real. Her main problem is which hunky supernatural being she should spend eternity with, and boy does she whine about it. I was hoping someone would mercifully finish her off so the plot would just get going again. But she survives, as usual, and through no fault of her own. The book was okay, it shouldn't win anything (and I hope it hadn't) but it helped while away some lunch breaks and was thick enough to wedge open a door when needed. Result! And to you doubters who think I've been making up genres, I've been reliably informed that paranormal romance is a genuine genre so there.

AC x

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