15 August 2005

Current and recent reading

Okay, aside from all the typography books I read (or read parts of) for my class in Virginia, here's what I've been reading for pleasure:

My "everybody's doing reading it" book: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It was an okay read, and I'll give the author points for the fact that he successfully fooled me regarding who the mastermind was. I do enjoy a good conspiracy story. I guess I don't see what all the fuss is about. It is fiction, folks. *shrug*

Then there have been a few romance novels, one of my guilty pleasures. I read both Improper English and Men in Kilts by Katie MacAlister, but I doubt I'll read any more of hers. Maybe I just don't like modern romances — I usually read Regency romances. In any case, I really wasn't too thrilled with these books — didn't like the characters, especially not the heroine in the former; didn't find the stories at all compelling; didn't even find the sex scenes particularly interesting, let alone exciting in any way.

Another guilty pleasure, though this one was more pleasurable: In the Prince's Bed by Sabrina Jeffries. It's the first in Jeffries' Royal Brotherhood series, a Regency trilogy about three of the Prince Regent's illegitimate sons (these three are fictitious, but he did actually have some). I liked the characters, I liked the story (although I found both slightly modern rather than period in flavor, somehow). I hope to read the other two when I can.

Oh, I also checked out New Ideas for Crochet: Stylish Projects for the Home by Darsha Capaldi at the same time. It's a good book, would actually be a very good book for someone just getting started in crochet. If you don't like granny squares and aren't into lace doilies, this is the book for you — several nice, solid patterns, with good examples of how to use multiple colors.

I've also been reading through Your Three-Year-Old: Friend or Enemy by Louise Bates Ames and Frances L. Ilg — I'm not finding this one as helpful as the two-year-old book, but maybe that's because Mairi's not actually three yet.

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