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What I’ve Been Reading Part 2

January 12, 2007

This is where I need to confess…I never even finished reading our last selection, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. I just couldn’t sink into the story at all…that’s why I dropped out of answering questions in the discussion after #2.

As I noted in Part 1 of this post, December was a pretty busy reading month for me and maybe that contributed to my problem with Memory Keeper’s Daughter. I just had too many other reads I was itching to get to. So, here are a couple more quickie reviews.

Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen

Black and Blue by Quindlen is a favorite of mine, especially since I’ve worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for several years.  So, I was drawn to Quindlen’s latest novel, Rise and Shine, because the main character is a NYC social worker who deals with domestic violence, poverty, and homelessness in her job.  The book tells the story of two sisters, Bridget (the social worker) and Meghan ( a world famous morning talk show host). The sisters were orphaned at a young age and then raised by an aunt. They are each impacted by the loss of their parents in very different ways and thus they take very different roads through life. Meghan’s carefully sculpted life begins to fall apart when she makes the ultimate faux pas on live national television…she has the nerve to be  honest and call a spade a spade. Things really start to go down hill after this event and ultimately a terrible tragedy befalls the family. The rest of the novel basically focuses on how each of the sisters cope.

I really liked Bridget’s character and felt like this was a woman I could be friends with if we were to meet one day (again, probably the social worker bond). I’m not so sure about Meghan though and the book was a struggle to get through at certain points. It was a bit on the plodding side to be quite honest. Still, it was basically a good story about relationships and all of the different dynamics that play into those relationships. If I operated on a star rating basis I would probably give it just about a 3. I am a bit sorry that I spent the money on a hardcover though…should have hit the library or waited for paperback.

 The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

I would sum this book up with one word: Yummy. I think all of Gregory’s books are yummy. In my opinion they are great historical reads and fun to curl up with in bed with.  The Boleyn Inheritance actually weaves together the stories of 3 different women living during the time of King Henry VIII.  Seriously, these women get royally screwed by that old letcher King Henry. Not to say that one of the characters in particular doesn’t reap what she sowed…it’s all about karma. I found myself cheering for Anne of Cleves (I think she was Henry’s 4th wife?) and just feeling plain old bad for Katherine Howard (the 5th wife?).  It’s interesting to read this novel and get to revisit characters that we’ve been introduced to in Gregory’s previous publications. There is plenty of court romance, intrigue, and scandal to keep you turning the pages. I enjoyed this one a good deal.

Well, that’s about it for now. I’m in the process of deciding which books to bring on our family vacation to Jamaica. We leave in a week and a half..I told my husband that the choices might make or break the trip! He was a bit insulted!


7 Comments leave one →
  1. ARIEL permalink
    January 13, 2007 1:46 pm

    I am going to order the Boleyn Inheritance from the library right now. I LOVED The Other Boleyn Girl and a lot of her other books. Can’t wait to read this one.

  2. Tara permalink
    January 14, 2007 1:19 am

    I also liked Rise and Shine just enough to finish it. But anything by Anna Quindlen is going to be read by me. This one just was not my fave of hers either.
    I also read The Other Boleyn Girl and I am trying to remember IF I read Boleyn Inheritence. Sometime I just can’t remember!
    As for your upcoming trip………have fun!
    Some suggestions for great books are March,
    The Last Jew & The Physician.


  3. January 14, 2007 3:57 pm

    The Boelyn Inheritance only came out in December, so it is likely a save bet you haven’t read it. It is recent enough that you should remember. 🙂

    See, now I wish I had read that Anne Quindlen book, because I liked Black and Blue and I might have liked that one. I just had too many books on my plate when it came out. I will have to consider it when it comes out in paperback! Also, since I am on a limited book buying goal, my friend bought me The Boelyn Inheritance today. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing!

  4. January 16, 2007 10:51 pm

    I’m so relieved that you didn’t finish the last book either!

  5. January 17, 2007 4:35 pm

    Thank for the reviews! I’ve been meaning to read The Boleyn Inheritance and now your review has convinced me.

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