Feb. 1st, 2008

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Hey, who wants to move in downstairs from me?!

The downstairs couple is moving out, and I want someone fun to move in. Please?
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Jennifer Government by Max Barry
This one was interesting, but a little bit hard to follow. It takes place in the future, when everyone takes the company they work for as their last name. Hack Nike accidently gets involved in a new marketing strategy at Nike that involves killing some of the people who buy the new shoes. He doesn't want to do it, of course, so some people are after him, including Jennifer Government. But she's not one of the bad guys. She wants to help. I thought it was okay.

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
This is a cute, fantasy book. There is a magical island that has all sorts of fantasy creatures. To get to the island, there is a gateway at Platform 13 that opens for nine days every nine years. The king and queen of the island have a newborn son, who is accidently taken to the non-magical world during one of the gateway openings, and is stolen. Nine years later, some beings from the island go through in order to rescue the prince. They run into some complications, of course, and it turns into quite an adventure! (Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] modmerseygirl!)

Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
A single mom has started her own catering business, but things go wrong when someone ends up poisoned at a post-funeral gathering that she's catered. The police have to shut down her business until the mystery is solved, so she sets out to solve it. It was okay.

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
This is a non-fiction book, looking at what really makes people happy. It was interesting, especially learning about different studies that have been done. But I don't think that all of his theories are correct. I did like the part about the importance of the frontal lobe in the brain.

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
I loved this one the first time, so I listened to it again. It's about a woman named Elizabeth who never has fun. She's very strict with her nephew Luke, who she has to raise, and with her own life. She's pretty miserable. Then she starts to see Luke's imaginary friend, Ivan, who looks about her age, but has a lot more fun than she does. She doesn't know that Ivan is imaginary though. She thinks everyone else can see him too. He teaches her how to have fun and it's a lovely story.

Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris
I really liked this one. I read his first book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, a few years ago, and I remember the basic ideas in it, but I don't remember much of the content. Basically, he was saying that, as a Christian, dating just to date was a bad idea. Purposeful dating, which he calls courtship, is a better idea. In this second book, he explains how dating with a purpose works. Courtship is dating to determine if God would have these two people marry. He explains how a courtship doesn't have a recipe with specific rules to follow. It has to start with a desire to glorify God. If it ends in marriage, that's great, and if it doesn't end in marriage, it is still a success. In his case, it did end in marriage and he couldn't be happier.

Love Among the Chickens by P.G. Wodehouse
This is a goofy, little comedy with some dry, British humor. It's about a man named Jeremy Garnet whose loud, obnoxious friend, Mr. Ukridge, wants him to start a chicken farm with him. Mr. Garnet takes on the challenge, and falls in love with a woman in the process. Ukridge is a little bit annoying, but other than that, it was cute.


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