Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Marcy's Reading List

In his infinite wisdom, Dave has requested all of us at Little Shop of Stories to share a list and reviews of what we're reading with you delightful blog readers. Enjoy!

In the past week or two I have read:

Beauty and Rose Daughter, both by Robin McKinley: McKinley's debut novel was a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Twenty years later, with a lot more writing experience under her belt, and having moved to England and become a passionate rose gardener, she felt like she had a lot more to say, so she wrote a completely different version. I love 'em both :)

Keeper by Kathi Appelt: the story ofa girl who has a really, really bad day and sets out with her trusty dog to find her mermaid mother, who will surely tell her how to fix everything.

Naked, Clothe Your Family in Cordoruy and Denim, and Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, and I Like You by Ame Sedaris: this family is completely messed up and totally hilarious. There's not really a good way to describe them except to tell you to read the books. If you're new to their books I would start with Holidays on Ice, or if you're interested in a great weird gift or coffee-table book, go for I Like You.

James Herriot's Dog Stories by (of course) James Herriot: As a kid I was addicted to James Herriot's books about being a country veterinarian, and now that I have a dog of my own I wanted to revisit the funniest of his stories, which were somehow always the ones about the dogs.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: one of my perennial favorites.

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld: the second in the Uglies series, which I am liking so far- very reminiscent of the classic dystopian books like 1984, but for a tech-savvy YA audience.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Sciesczka: My mom found a copy of this at a yard sale and picked up, correctly asuming that I would love it. We love Scieczka here at the shop, but my husband had never heard of him, so I read him the stories during the drive home from my mom's house and he practically drove off the road laughing (probably safest to read at home in the future).

Happy reading!

~Marcy :)

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