14 April 2012

Reading report for March 2012

I though it was about time I posted something. I have several partially written posts on the go but haven‘t had time to finish any of them, and probably will not be able to until the second week in May. This post is purely due to a sudden lack of inspiration (hopefully only temporarily) leaving me unable to write anything of sense in the final assignment I am in the middle of.

Despite loads of school work I did have some time to read in March. However, I am having one of my periodic reading crises, meaning I am rereading more than usual, in this case 4 out of 10 books finished during the month.

The Books:
  • M.C. Beaton: Death of a Gossip and Death of a Cad. Murder mysteries, the first two in the Hamish Macbeth series. I have started reading this series from the beginning.
  • Erma Bombeck: I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression. Humour. Reread. Erma is always funny, but some of her jokes are admittedly getting dated.
  • Torrey Chanslor: Our First Murder. Mystery. Two elderly sisters and their middle-aged cousin move to New York to take over a detective agency and quickly get hired to solve a murder.
  • Jennifer Crusie: The Cinderella Deal and Anyone But You. Romances. Rereads.
  • Georgette Heyer: The Foundling. Historical romance. This book has not one but two of the stock characters I have come to dread coming across in Heyer's books: the Callow Schoolboy and the Ingénue. Both are totally over the top and the girl doesn't have the brains of a guppy. I think I must have got lucky with Heyer and read all of her best (by which I mean mostly free of Callow Schoolboys and Ingénues) books first and am now scraping the bottom of the barrel.
  • Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner : Freakonomics . Economics for non-economists.
  • Terry Pratchett: Carpe Jugulum. Fantasy. Reread. This is a good palate cleanser if you have had enough of the sparkly kind of vampire, or even the True Blood kind.
  • Helen Zahavi: Dirty Weekend. Psychological thriller. I saw the movie ages ago. It - as much as I can remember of it - follows the original quite closely on the surface, except I don‘t remember getting any real sense from the movie of the gnawing, gut-wrenching fear that drives Bella, the anti-heroine of the book, to act as she does.