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BooksMay 31, 2011

The winner of Sheepish has been chosen and has been notified by email! Thanks, all, for playing.

And now, while I'm already going on about books, I have to tell you about the one I'm reading right now (I'm so much better at doing this here on the blog, rather than on Goodreads or Amazon...).

I both love and hate reading books that make me second-guess myself as a writer. Oh, look! Here's what I love to read and write! Followed immediately by oh, shit. I'm SO not getting this right.

I normally don't blog about books I'm not finished reading, but I'm so confident in this one, I'm blogging now.

Pcfb The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, by Bridget Asher. It's lovely, pointed, and poignant, filled with specifics about love and grief presented gorgeously. I'm rooting for our heroine SO MUCH that I read all afternoon, and I'm going to bed early tonight to read a little more. (Not that this is uncommon--but this particular lust to get back to reading is one of my favorite things in life, and I love it when I find it.) It doesn't surprise me that the author is a poet, and what's gratifying is that all her quietly lovely moments aren't showy but simply presented.

Bqljpg Also, just a moment to mention Libba Bray's Beauty Queens. I was surprised by this one. A plane-load of beauty queens crash-land on an island--a cross between ANTM and Lost. I predicted it would be funny. It was. I thought it would be snarky. Check. And about four chapters in, I thought I'd seen all the jokes. I got it. I understood the schtick. I was going to stop reading. Any minute, I would be done. I never feel pressure to finish books I don't really want to... any minute.... And I keep turning pages. She kept surprising me. I finished it, and I was really glad I did. I loved the surprises, and even when they were on the obvious side of gotcha, they were RIGHT.

Two incredibly different books (three, counting Catherine's memoir first mentioned in this post). I love reading. Off to do more.

Comments

Yay for new book recs!

Also, I'm a cut-n-paste chick when it comes to book reviews: from the blog to Goodreads. That's how my review of your fabulous new book wound up verbatim in both places.

Hugs from the Sunshine State!

Is this the same Libba Bray who wrote A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels and The Sweet, Far Thing? I've started Rebel Angels. I love how she writes girls. Just the right amount of angst and second guessing with the burgeoning self confidence of someone who is about to become an adult.

Happy Reading to you! I love reading too. Can't get enough of books. And these two you mentioned sound really good. The beauty queens one sounds very funny. I'll have to check it out.

Hi Rachael,
I have received 'How to Knit a Heart Back Home' and I can't put it down! I love Lucy and Owen! They are awesome characters. I should be cleaning out closets and filing cabinets and hanging out wash!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Jude :)

Hello (just discovered you and reviewed your books this week on my blog. Love!)

I recently devoured 'Beauty Queens'. I was like you - thinking that a 390-page running joke on Lost Beauty Queens would get old, fast. But it didn't. The more outlandish the better Bray got. I completely bow-down to her warped sense of humour (exploding Lady StacheOff!)

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