Reading Challenge Book #14, I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert

Date started: June 16, 2012 Date finished: June 25, 2012 I Am America (And So Can You!) is a collection of Stephen Colbert’s thoughts on different topics such as religion, higher education, race, and science. Essentially, it is “the Colbert Report” in novel format. My rating: 4/10 I like “the … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #13, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Date started: June 18, 2012 Date finished: June 24, 2012 In an unnamed South American country, a birthday party is being held for a Japanese businessman named Katsumi Hosokawa. Guests from different countries have gathered at the home of Vice President Ruben Iglesias to be serenaded by opera’s most famous … Continue reading

Macy’s in Downtown Boston to Get Barbara’s Bookstore

The Downtown Boston I once knew and loved was a mecca for book lovers. There was a two floor Barnes & Noble AND a two floor Borders within walking distance of each other, as well as Brattle Book Shop, one of the oldest and largest used bookstores in the country. … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #12, Testimony by Anita Shreve

(Please note: My review for the eleventh book of my challenge, Curses: A F***ed Up Fairy Tale by J.A. Kazimer, will be posted on my friend Sara’s blog on June 12th.) Date started: June 8, 2012 Date finished: June 9, 2012 Taken from Goodreads: “At a New England boarding school, a sex … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #10, Before, After, and Somebody in Between by Jeannine Grasser

Date started: May 16, 2012 Date finished: May 17, 2012 Taken from GoodReads: “One hour into her first day of tenth grade, Martha Kowalski knows she’s really in trouble. The school bully, Chardonnay, has already threatened her life–and at home, things are even worse. Martha’s mom, fresh out of rehab, … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #9, Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

Date started: May 16, 2012 Date finished: May 17, 2012 Almost everyone has heard of Madame Tussauds, the famous wax museums with locations in New York, London, Los Angeles, and several other major cities. But how much do they know about the museums’ namesake, Marie Grosholtz, who began her career … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #8, Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

Date started: May 5, 2012 Date finished: May 5, 2012 Cleopatra’s Daughter tells the story of the daughter of Cleopatra VII and Marc Antony, Cleopatra Selene. After her parents’ suicide, Selene and her twin brother Alexander Helios and little brother Ptolemy become prisoners/guests of Octavian, who is later known as Emperor … Continue reading