September Reads, 2010

ReadingRoundup_dsThe rain has finally stopped!  I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn we got 2 feet of rain since Monday.  And there’s a chance of yet more rain Sunday night into this coming Monday.

During that last squall, a ginormous limb fell out the pecan tree in the backyard.  The oak lost a few smaller limbs, but, then, it never sheds as much as the pecan.

I had a few really good reads this month, but most of the books were disappointing.  Especially The Red Queen and 1022 Evergreen Place.

  • The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason – This is an interesting collection of stories based on the fictional discovery of an Egyptian papyrus containing many microscopic variations of The Iliad and The Odyssey.  Although a few of the stories were odd, I enjoyed most of them.  Rating: 4
  • The Christmas Clock by Kat Martin – A sweet bit of romantic fluff with no teeth and little depth.  Rating:  3
  • The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes –  A fascinating look into our distant past through the scope of our DNA.  More specifically, our mitochondrial DNA, or mt-DNA.  This is a kind of DNA that we inherit exclusively from our mothers.  Using it, geneticists have figured out how to trace our lineages into our distant, primeval past.  Our last common “mother” has been dubbed Mitochondrial Eve.  She lived in Africa about 150,000 years ago.   The seven “daughters” of this book, are the mitochondrial clans of Europe:  Ursula, Xenia, Helena, Velda, Tara, Katrine, and Jasmine.   I enjoyed this book very much.  Rating:  4
  • 1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber –  It’s a good thing this series is coming to an end soon, because it’s starting to bore me.  I loved most of them, but the last couple of installments really haven’t done anything for me.  Rating:  2.75
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory –  Philippa Gregory’s portrayal of Margaret Beaufort seriously annoys me.  She takes a cold, calculating, shrewd woman and turns her into a childish idiot forever prattling on about Joan of Arc and her own vocation and godliness.  I’ve never been a fan of Margaret Beaufort, but I’m even less one of The Red Queen.  Granted, it was well written, but, geez.  Rating:  3.5
  • Captive Queen:  A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir –  I loved this book.  Weir brings Eleanor and her family to vivid life.  This is historical fiction at its best.  Rating:  4.5
  • Passion Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee –  Your average historical romance, filled with predictable clichés and the same, tired, plot devices.  I found myself skimming a lot.  Rating:  2.75

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