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August Books

This month, I have been busy, but managed to find time to read four books, three of which I thoroughly enjoyed. Being active in two book clubs keeps me reading too.

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The first was The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. You've all heard the premise or at least seen trailers for the movie. The book is based on a fascinating concept of traveling in time, and meeting one's future spouse when you are an adult, and she is a child. When their paths cross as two adults, she knows him, but he "hasn't met her yet" in his present. I agree with most reviews that the idea is better than the way the author builds a relationship between the main characters. Their courtship and marriage seems to be based a lot on constant sex, but I may be jaded, as most of the client couples I see fall into the opposite category, of very infrequent sex. They are too busy fighting. I didn't feel the book's characters were happy in their relationship, and the 6 miscarriages through the middle of the book were hard for me to read. I have no desire to see the movie.

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DELIGHTFUL! Now THIS was a happy marriage. I loved reading about Julia Child's life, marriage, travels, struggles writing her classic cookbook, and gusto for food! It ALMOST makes me want to go to Paris.

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I really enjoyed this chick lit book. It got me out of France and back to Italy, and was a combination of a mystery, romance and historical fiction. The story is about a modern day glass artist, who after a divorce, returns to Venice to work on Murano, and learn the truth of her ancestor who was the greatest glass artist in the 17th century. The heroine learns of old jealousies and treason. She must find out what really happened. This book flips back and forth from the past to the present, and the author does a wonderful job of smoothing those transitions perfectly. Every once in a while I also like a happy ending (even if it was predictible).

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Right now I'm in the middle of this newest Donna Leon mystery. I guess, I can't quite leave Venice. I love Commissario Guido Brunetti and his family. This book deals with illegal transporting of garbage, environmental issues, corruption, and of course, murder.

This is also the first book I have read on my iPhone Kindle. I was afraid it would eat up my battery, especially because I usually charge my phone at bedtime, and that is also when I like to read. It is not at all a problem. It is great for travel too. Brad read this on my iPhone while we were in Italy.

Next month I look forward to reading: (along with my book clubs'choices)

The 8th Confession by James Patterson
Finger Licken' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Comments (3)

sandrac:

Great picks, Palma! I, too, am not so interested in the Time Traveller's Wife. But I just ordered the Julia Child book (I soooo loved Julie and Julia) and really enjoyed the Donna Leon. I had been wondering about the Glassblower of Murano, but I think now I'll order that as well!

Shannon:

I would love to go to Paris with you! Don't you love that picture of Paul and Julia in the bathtub? That picture restores my faith in the world.

Kim:

I loved My Life in France - still makes me want to get her book and try some of her recipes; maybe this winter.

Time Traveler's Wife has been on my list for a while - now I'm not sure.

About Face is sitting upstairs.

Oh, Chris says he loves his Kindle b/c the battery lasts so long (among other reasons).

And I've heard some not so good things about the latest Stephanie Plum.

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