Monday, July 17, 2006

MEGA BOOK REVIEW

Hello fellow runners & readers.

I had been doing book reviews every time I finished a book and the cute little picture on the right hand side would change when I started a new one. With the craziness the last two weeks with getting ready to leave and trekking across the UK I have gotten behind. So here is what I have been reading for the past two weeks. (As usual....all good!)

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth This book is about what would happen if Lindberg (the one that flew over the ocean...the big American Hero) had won the 1940 presidential election. This book is really unnerving because Lindberg makes some anti-semitic statements before he is elected and soon after the election makes a deal with Hitler to not go to war with him. Two great things to note about this book is that they line up the story with actual dates and characters in history and at the end of the book you can learn about all the characters that are mentioned. Second the story is told from the eyes of a child...Philip Roth to be exact. It's his family and his childhood that go through this time period. Very interesting book. Very scary book.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger : I saw the movie coming out so I finally picked up this book. I knew I was going to want to see the movie (I love Meryl Streep and so of course I'm not going to miss it), and when movies come from books I usually like to try and get the book in first. The story is about a girl just out of college who ends up working for a fashion magazine as the assistant to the editor-in-chief. The boss proves to be a nightmare and stories of running around Manhattan and Paris and designer clothes and cigarettes and coffee ensue. I gotta say, this book is like book candy. I just sat in my reading chair and and completely ate it up. I read it in about 2 days and loved it. Just a nice fun summer read.

The Kill Clause by Gregg Hurwitz : I needed a nice good page turner for my flight to England and so as usual my good ole' dad had a great recommendation. This book is the first in a series of novels which have Tim Rackley, US Marshall as the main character. In The Kill Clause, when a murder occurs too close to home for Rackley he gets mixed up in a group of vigilantes....only too late does he realize what he has gotten into and has to work his way out. Complete page turner and got me to and from England. I love the main character and couldn't wait to get my hands on.....

The Program by Gregg Hurwitz : This is the second book in the Rackley series. I started this book on Friday night and finished it early Sunday afternoon. A nice 1.5 day turnaround. Rackley is hired to find a girl (named Leah coincidentally) that has gotten mixed up in "The Program", a dangerous cult that is practicing mind control on it's "clients" and convincing them to sign over their trust funds and life savings. The main bad guy in this book is a GREAT bad guy and way way creepy. Rackley's at it again in this sure to please page turning thriller. (if you are interested in these last two books you should read this one second because they mention things that happen in the first book)

I just noticed that the third Rackley novel will be out in the mass paperback format (come on, with page turners you like the thick small paged books) on July 25th. Excellent!

Happy Reading!!!

8 comments:

Susan said...

I just finished Magical Thinking. So funny - now I gotta pick a new one out.

Leah - Pride and Predjudice? Don't start dancing in circles or speaking in tongue like my friend kate does.

LeahC said...

hi susan-

yes I haven't read any of the "classics" and pride and prejudice has been sitting on myself for years...since i have to sit on shifts 8 hours a day i thought it would be a good time to get through it. actually good so far.

Haight said...

Speed reading...speed running...crazy work shifts...traveling abroad...daily blogging...Cub entries (Goat Riders)...

Phew...I'm exhausted

Bridgette said...

Do yourself a favor & forgo Anne of Green Gables. It stinks. I read it trying to be 'collegiate' during summer vaca in 8th grade. I hated it. BOOORING. On the other hand, Catcher in the Rye is good.... so is Great Expectations.

Tara said...

Ah...the Devil Wear's Prada cracked me up. I loved that book...definately "book candy." :)

Running Rabbit said...

How in the hell do you have time to do all that reading? And all of those books at the same time? Sheesh!

LeahC said...

well not all at the same time. I finished The Plot Against America about a week before we left, then Devil took me two days, then Kill Clause got be through England and now I'm working on shifts and so was able to finish The Program because I was sitting at work for 16 hours the past two days.

Kendra said...

I'm reading "Atonement" right now thanks to your earlier post. It was slow at first, but I'm getting really into it now. So keep 'em coming! Jason, how's "Saturday?"