It's been awhile since I've done one of these posts, but I've been a little preoccupied. Lets start off with some good news. I was accepted to grad school. I was beginning to think I wouldn't get in (long story). I was even preparing myself to apply to a different school. But, I've been on a high ever since. Next step is applying for financial aid. I'm excited, but also apprehensive because it's been seven-plus years since I've written a college-level paper!!
On to the business at hand. The first book up on the list is Gossip by Beth Gutcheon. Those look like ladies who lunch right? Rich ladies who spend their days at the gym, shopping, and spreading gossip. Definitely take that cover at face value because so far I'm reading a lot about rich women who have nothing better to do than gossip.
I'm assuming that's author Jill Conner Browne on the cover of Fat is the New 30. She looks extremely festive. I'm willing to bet she knows how to throw a good party. Is she the queen of her family or does she just think she's queen? I'm not sure yet. This book is departure for me. It's a collection of essays, detailing Browne's funny spin on her life. Look for a review on April 3.
I'm not sure what to make of the cover for The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry. I'm not sure what to make of the book either. The book is just as wacky as the cover. A young girl has lost her mother and to make matters worse she has an absentee father. While on a camping trip this young girl hatches a plan to find the former family gardener in Mexico. Sounds intriguing, but I'm a little confused by the book. I'm not far enough along to form an opinion. But I'm getting a little freaked out every time I look at the cover. Is that wacky looking thing trying to scare me?
Now how about this cover? This morning I got an e-mail about an updated cover for The Earthquake Machine. This one is much much better than the original. Now I feel like the cover matches the content. Looking at the new cover conjures up images of a confused young girl. What does everyone else think?
The cover of The House of the Wind by Titania Hardie makes me think of the Secret Garden. The cover looks rather whimsical to me and upbeat. Not sure if you could call the book upbeat. A young woman is rebounding from the death of her fiance. The book switches back forth between the present day and mid-1300s Tuscany.
Heft by Liz Moore has a rather interesting plot. A former professor becomes a recluse and balloons to 400 pounds. He forms a pen-pal relationship with a former student. Both of them are lying to each about about who they really are. The "heft" of those problems must be weighing on both of them.
Who is that young girl on the cover of Being Lara by Lola Jaye? Is she happy? Is she sad? Where are her parents? The cover has an air of innocence. This young girl hasn't even started her life, what could be her problem? The title character in this book has always known she was different. She was adopted, and grew up believing that something in her life is missing? But what? Look for a review on March 28. Stay tuned!