Monthly Archives: January 2004


Most recent reads:

East by Edith Pattou

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson



The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr

I think a librarian and a not-a-librarian are going to read this book for

different reasons…I read it because it features a librarian as the main

character, someone else might pick it up because it looks like a fluffy

romance/mystery. The librarian character is interesting on

different levels and though she embraces some librarian stereotypes she is

more like my colleagues than the archetypal librarian is…. (is that the right way to put that? You know what I mean.)

Still, this is a very silly story. It isn’t even weird in that good way

that weird can be. Just silly, fluffy writing. I am sure the author had

a great time writing this book and I am sure there are lots of people who

will enjoy it … basically “no harm done” … however, if you’d like a

weird-but-good tale with a librarian as the main character then read (or

re-read) The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken.


Recent Read that I liked:

Zig Zag by Ellen Wittlinger. Family troubles, road trip, boy problems, heading to college. A good read for YA-ers.

Recent Read that I couldn’t finish:

Rebel by Willo Davis Roberts. Tall girl and tall boy meet and enjoy each other’s company. Girl points out why boy is marriage material way too often…especially since she is 14 years old. They get involved in a local mystery. Ugh. This book was not for me.

Currently reading:

East by Edith Pattou. This is a wonderful retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story. The characters are captivating and original and the setting is chilling…literally. I took a break from sleeping this morning at about 3am to continue journeying with Rose towards the land of ice near the Arctic Circle.


Single Wife, by Nina Solomon, is a “grown-up” book recommended to me by another grown-up. The jacket description was so intriguing I started reading it right away. I loved the writing style, finding it simple yet eloquent. It has a classyness to it that I found the main character, Grace, to have … yet she clearly has lost herself in her world. Her husband, Laz, has disappeared before…but this time she is not sure if he is coming back. Grace almost exhausts herself covering for him and living a lie that he is not gone at all…and meanwhile life continues to spin around her and more than one person notes that she needs her husband now more than ever before. Her circle includes a wonderful cast of characters that really come alive and add to the story without detracting from the real issue, which is Grace’s identity crisis. This book puts you so inside Grace’s head … it’s where the story really happens. I really liked this book because it is very different from my usual reads and yet also familiar … it’s funny, understated, emotional, & thought provoking. I really like Grace … I’m still thinking about her days later and hoping that things are going well for her.

Inspired by a recent viewing of the movie Paycheck (these are the things that happen when a man comes into your life, and yeah, it was enjoyable in a sci-fi geeky kind of way) I am reading Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick. We have Dick to thank (hee hee hee) for other Hollywood movies such as Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), Minority Report, and Total Recall (We Can Remember it for You Wholesale). I was first introduced to Dick in college (hee hee hee) when I read A Scanner Darkly in a comparative literature course. That course was really a turning point for me … it’s when I realized that I liked sci-fi as much as I didn’t like math or science! That story always stuck with me and I still have the paperback somewhere. These short stories are great to read and I’ll definitely remember to suggest this volume to my teen sci-fi fans.