Friday, February 27, 2015


Book fourteen: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

The Baudelaire orphans are back, and so is their crazy Count Olaf along with his scheming cohorts and intricate plans to grab their fortune. The Quagmire triplets are still missing but Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are determined to rescue them. Of course, nothing goes right for them. Instead, they are met with a series of unfortunate events.

Yes, these books are formulaic. But we're both still enjoying them so I'm going to keep reading them to Hen, who laughed uproariously when the journalist's article mistakenly refers to Count Olaf as Count Omar. That was one good laugh.

14 down plus 38 to go.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book thirteen: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Mr. Gaiman is a masterful storyteller. This novel is magical. The Hempstock women are strong, intelligent, and brave. The tale he weaves is steeped in myth and memory.

13 down plus 39 to go.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Book twelve: Glaciers by Alexis Smith

As noted by other readers, this book has a dream-like, ethereal quality. It follows 20-something Isabel throughout her day. It centers on her career in books (who won't love that!?), examines her relationship with a soldier who reenlists, and is set in Portland. As a Portlander, I always enjoy stories in which I can feel a direct connection with the location.

12 down plus 40 to go. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Book eleven: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

The Baudelaire orphans are back in yet another harrowing tale. Count Olaf's diabolical plan involves keeping those kids running through the night. With no sleep and copious amounts of studying the kids are lucky to find friends in the Quagmire triplets. But that is the only fortunate thing that happens, and it ends up being rather unfortunate for those triplets.

11 down plus 41 to go.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book ten: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

This book was on hold for me at the library, and even though I don't remember putting it on hold, I'm very happy I did.

Dept. of Speculation is new and fresh and wonderful and painful and hopeful. It is written in the form of small snippets that comprise chapters and tell the story of this one wife and her husband. Later there is a child and bedbugs and an affair. There is confrontation and avoidance. Love and hate. Blaming and forgiveness.

It was a delight to read. This is Offill's second novel, I shall look up and read her first. You should too.

10 down plus 42 to go. (Well, 52 if I hope to do as well as last year.)