The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Entranced until p. 37.  Always my stumbling block, I wonder about the intent of authors who write with such ease about relationships between men and women starting so swiftly and seemingly without much care -as if there were no baggage, strings or mixed emotions involved.

The story is engaging and I enjoy the feeling of my mind humming with potential threads.


The Language of Flowers

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Exquisite, 83 pages in.  Ugh, page 84.
The layout of the story, building like perfectly shaped ice blocks, has just shifted and now it melts.  Boo.

Peace is the Way

by Deepak Chopra

Just able to get through three pages of this one.  My focus is not headed in this direction currently and, from what I already know of human nature and the aspect of peace on us, I seriously doubt by my reading this book will I swerve the conscious and unconsciouses needed to proclaim any person fully and truly at peace long enough to make changes for all.


Love is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts

Edited by Michael Taeckens

Of the many authors who have contributed or were amassed together for this book I now know of a few that I would skip in the future and others who I would take a second look at.  Having this one theme as a focus gave me the space to think on what I would write and, once those thoughts clouded my head, the more pressing thoughts of why I would skip this assignment.  I found many to be navel-gazing without imparting much significance for others to glean from.  This, alone, was good for me to understand.


On Becoming Fearless in Love, Work, and Life

by Arianna Huffington

In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice Against Women

edited by S.T. Joshi

Lots of works compiled together here - the enormous luggage we carry on our backs for all to read.


The Marriage Plot

by Jeffery Eugenides

Loving this one so far.  Day 1.5 and 132 pages in.
Sentences like this: "Since coming east to college, Mitchell had been trying to wash the Midwest off of himself.  Sitting around Larry's room, drinking the muddy espresso Larry made and hearing him talk about "the theater of the absurd," seemed like a good way to start."
...and this one is a minor bit - some of the power-packed punches are delightful to read, as if swirling a refined red about on the tongue.  So far, a very nice read for me that I am having trouble putting down.

Now finished with the novel, I have to admit I was engrossed because it seemed like a story I would have written although the ending was lacking a sentence to two to make it seem more real.  Also, I have to add, often times a male author can  not adequately capture thoughts and feelings that a woman would have but Eugenides handled this taks with confident ease.  Although a beach book but of higher class, I still enjoyed the reading.

...yikes, as the sediment of this book sinks lower I am struck by many different ideas.  The main characters and their intertwining plot lines, or lack thereof, the availability of a religious experience for an american man in India or anywhere for that matter, the choices a woman has to decide between at all stages of her life - marriage, work, self, children.  Ugh.  What I really wish to do is devote myself to the religious experience of reading and writing but, alas, I can not at this point due to, you guessed it, marriage, work, self, children.  Ugh.


The Expats

by Chris Pavone

The Most Dangerous Thing

by Laura Lippman

I don't believe I have read anything by this author before and, although not so totally unimpressed that I would make note to not pick up another chance, this novel was an ok idea paired with a soft editor.
Lippman uses a certain phrase technique too often - repeating her character's thoughts in an immediately following sentence of dialog as well as other repeats that assume the reader does not have a proper attention span.  While childish the second time I noticed it, by the third instance I was insulted and annoyed.  The story line could have been hidden much better and still kept the book at a decent length, ie. not running longer, if many inner thoughts were kept at a minimum.  Perhaps more example and less he thinks this, she thinks that?  Not sure if this would have helped in the end anyway because the plot was not complex and the reader doesn't end up with much pull towards any one character.
While this may be fine for a summer read beach book, I wouldn't call it literature or publish it with my name or company's name on it.


The House I Loved

by Tatiana De Rosnay

Couldn't get through the first chapter.  Too ewwww feminine.  Also, written as letters to a dead husband was not interesting.  I already know how the book would end by the title and first few pages.  Perhaps I will try again when I am in a more flowery mood, but I doubt it at this moment.

Imagine: How Creativity Works

by Jonah Lehrer

So interesting!  I'd like to read passages out loud to family and friends to share the information.  Lehrer has massed together so many different sources who they themselves had researched in depth.  A book worth looking over just for the positive human interaction advice alone.


The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

by Joan Schenkar

I hadn't read The Talented Mr. Ripley, Highsmith's most famous book, but I was drawn to this biography because of its sheer size.  Wow, what author contributed enough information about themselves to inspire the creation of such a behemoth?  The answer?  Not Ms. Highsmith.  It was her infatuated biographer who was dazed enough to write details like what was eaten for breakfast and even what the writer's thoughts had been.  How can one do this, exactly?  But studying the minutia of a life, that is how.  I finished about half of the book before having enough without getting anywhere.  Yes, a very interesting and one-of-a-kind life Patricia Highsmith had but under the pen of Schenkar I was bored as if she were an acquaintance droning on and on about a lost love.