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            Recommended Reading

            This page shows recommended readings for the current month. To see lists from previous months, see the list below.

            Spring 2004
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            Recommended Reading for August 20, 2004: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. This is one of my favorite fantasy books. Robin McKinley rocks my socks, as does some of her other books, like The Hero and the Crown's prequel, The Blue Sword. --Bre

            Recommended Reading for August 6, 2004: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood,by Ann Brashares. The sequel to the Sisterhood is as fun and exciting as the first. Read them both, then wait impatiently for the third book to come out.

            Recommended Reading for July 30, 2004: The Practical Writer, edited by Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon. Think of this book as the best of Poets and Writers. The popular writer's magazine has released a collection of essays, most of which were previously published in the magazine with an additional eleven new essays. The books is divided into topics for easy reference. Regular readers of the magazine may see some familiar information, but it's still an excellent and informative book.

            Recommended Reading for July 23, 2004: Wedding Season, by Darcy Cosper. I put a lot of thought and effort into a review for this book, but realized that there was no way I could write an accureate review without giving away the story. In some cases, you can give away almost every plot point and not give away the ending, but that was not the case with Wedding Season. This was an excellently written novel, defying many of the conventions of modern popular literature.

            Recommended Reading for July 16, 2004: The Eclipse Bay Trilogy from Jayne Ann Krentz. These three books really characterize the best of the Romance genre. Fun, intelligent, and interesting.

            Recommended Reading for July 8, 2004: This week I recommend reading anything by Paula Danziger. I also recommend reading everything by Paula Danziger.

            Recommended Reading for July 2, 2004: Flowers in the Attic, by V.C. Andrews. I admit, this book is the farthest thing possible from quality literature, but it was a cult classic growing up. It's pretty much 90% complete trash, but that's part of what makes it the ultimate summer beach book. Umm. Not safe for children. Or easily disturbed adults.