May. 1st, 2008

hestergray: (sally reading)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
BOOK OF THE MONTH AWARD
This book is amazingly good. As the back of the book says, when they met, Henry was 36 and Clare was six. They got married when Henry was 31 and Clare was 23. Henry suffers from Chrono-Displacement Disorder, which means that sometimes, especially when he's stressed or scared, his body resets itself to another place and time. Not like ancient Rome or anything, just times from his own life. He has no control over it. He can't take anything with him, not even clothes. He usually stays for a few hours, maybe a day, and then he spontaneously returns to the present. The story is about the two of them trying to have a normal life together, but it's very difficult. Great book.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
This is a cute, young adult book about an all-girls school that appears to be an elitist school for rich girls. Actually though, it's a school that teaches very smart girls how to be spies. They all have a vast knowledge of weapons and martial arts, and they can speak fourteen languages. The main character, Cammie, is out on a mission/school assignment where she meets a boy from the local town. She has to figure out how to date this guy without him finding out she's a spy. The audio book reader would not have been my first choice for this character, but I still enjoyed it.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
I really liked this book. It's about Mma Precious Romotswe and how she starts her own business, a detective agency, in Botswana. She gets some interesting cases to solve, and she solves them with her own cleverness.

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
Very funny book. It's kind of a memoir of "one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world." By reading the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica from A to Z in a year. He joins Mensa, tries to get on "Jeopardy!", and does get on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?". All the while, he shares interesting facts that he learns from the encyclopedia.

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
I've read this one before, but the audio book is good too. It's about a teenager who starts a swim team of misfits at his school. Chris Crutcher's books are always fantastic.

How I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater by Marc Acito
This is about Edward Zanni, a high school senior in 1984 who wants to study acting at Juilliard. However, his rich father refuses to pay for his college unless he studies business. So Edward and his friends try to figure out how to pay for his college education. It leads to things like embezzlement and fraud and getting in trouble. Also, Edward struggles with his own sexuality, as he has a girlfriend, but finds himself attracted to boys as well. Despite his tendency toward crime and his strange (and unnecessarily graphic) sexual exploits, this book was really well-written and funny. I enjoyed it.

The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith
The third book in the Isabel Dalhousie series. I still love this series, and this book took it in a very different direction. I'm excited to read the fourth book.

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