Alrighty, I forgot to post my February books. I didn’t read as many, only five. Here they are:
1. Size Twelve Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot. It’s a fictional murder mystery, but it’s not that hard to figure out. The main character is Heather Wells, a twenty-seven year old ex-pop singer (during her teens) who has put on a few pounds since leaving the biz, is fine with her new size, and hates being recognized for her pop-star days. She’s taken a job as an assistant manager of a dorm in New York because she can attend college for free as an employee. And then girls start dying in the dorm. She tries to figure it out. Of course, she does, in the end, but only after almost being killed herself. It’s a predictable read, but it’s fun and light. A good beach book.
2. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Tennessee Williams is a pretty cool name, no? Anyway, he penned this play, and I thought, as I often do with plays, that I would have enjoyed watching it more than reading it. It wasn’t bad though. Kind of sad actually. Read or watch it for yourself.
~Tennessee Williams wrote a great, short essay called “A Streetcar Named Success” that was put in the paper before A Streetcar Named Desire came out. It’s included in the book I got from the library, and it was a great read.
3. How Not To Make A Wish by Mindy Klasky. This story is about a girl who finds her life going no where she hoped…right before she finds a genie’s bottle. Through her wishes, she learns about where to place value, making her own way, taking charge of her health and her occupational choices, and to quit living in the past. Another light, easy read.
4. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson. This is a fictional account of a white lawyer in the early 1900’s who is sent from his current home in DC to his home state of Mississippi to find out if the KKK is alive and well. He finds that it is, indeed, still in practice. He sets out to see it stamped out, but ends up finding himself with almost no help and even facing death threats. He finds himself at odds with almost all the white people in town, especially from his father, the town judge. He is almost killed in his attempt to help the local black population, and they are some of the only people who will take him in. It’s a good read and a pretty horrific view of how things used to be.
5. Jane Austen in Scarsdale (Or Love, Death and the SATS) by Paula Marantz Cohen. This is a fictional story about Anne, a high school guidance counselor. Years before, at her wealthy family’s urging, she had broken up with the love of her life. She’s always regretted it. Now, years later, her father has foolishly squandered the family fortune, and her now-rich ex moves back to town, his nephew attending the high school where she is employed. She doesn’t know how to let him know that she is sorry and still in love with him without making it look like she just wants him now that he is wealthy. As she tries to help the seniors prepare for college applications, she juggles her emotions and her busy life. It’s a cute story. Usually light fictional stories don’t make me think much because they’re just fun little books. But this one was a bit more grounded, and it really made me think a lot about how parents go about trying to get their kids into the colleges that they deem good enough.
So those were my February reads. I have the Anne of Green Gables books and the other two Heather Wells books on hold at the library, so I am going to try to read some of those this month. I grew up watching the Anne of GG movies, but I never actually read the books. I tried to read the first one, once when I was about 12, and I got so bored I put it down. Time to pick them back up!