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June Reading Recap

Well, this month I have definitely not been reading books off my bookshelf. Not many at least. I’ve also started incorporating audiobooks during my long commutes to work. The only downfall of listening to audiobooks in my car is that I tend to sit in my car for an extra 15 minutes after I get home waiting for the disc to come to an end so that I can leave the car. I think the books I read this month have been some of my favorites for the year. June was definitely a fantastic reading month since I managed to double my normal reading load. 9 books this month!! That’s almost 2 a week. Yay me!

Books Reviewed

1. Kabul Beauty School : an American woman goes behind the veil

2. 4:50 from Paddington

3. Falling angels

4. Tassy Morgan's bluff : a novel

5. Gilmore girls and the politics of identity : essays on family and feminism in the television series

6. The book of tomorrow : a novel

  1. Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
  2. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
  3. Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
  4. Tassy Morgan’s Bluff by Jim Stinson
  5. Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity edited by Ritch Calvin
  6. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

Books read but not reviewed

1. 13 Rue Thérèse : a novel


3. Fire in the blood

  1. 13 Rue Therese by Elena Mauli Saphiro
  2. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
  3. Fire in Blood by Irène Némirovsky ; translated by Sandra Smith

My top pick of the month:

Tassy Morgan’s Bluff – Review

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Tassy Morgan’s Bluff by Jim Stinson
Age: Adult
Genre: Fiction
Location: San Andreas, CA
Publication date: June 28th, 2011
Source: Publisher – LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Amazon product description:

San Andreas, California. It may be a quaint town, but its residents have high hopes for its future as a tourist destination. There’s Bill the Fixer, the handyman who sidelines in chain-saw sculpted redwood totem poles; real estate agent Margaret Nam, who plans to make a mint rehabbing beach shacks; and Jimi, the well-to-do hairstylist whose chair is the epicenter of town gossip. Amid their town’s growing pains, widower Lincoln Ellis and Tassy Morgan, a recently divorced painter, meet and-much to their surprise-sparks begin to fly.

This is a book I had requested and won through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. My main interest in this book was because of the location, in Northern California. Sadly, that’s just about where my interest ended. I found this book to be incredibly stale and unoriginal. Although the small-town quirks and gossip was amusing at times, I felt that overall, the plot of the story was lackluster and the town was full of oddball stereotypes to compensate for a plot full of lawyer jargon and zoning and construction babble.Tassy Morgan is the sexy, sweet, yet crazy divorcee / artist. Lincoln is a formerly high powered Hollywood attorney who at 50, retires in San Andreas by buying the B&B across from Tassy’s shack.  High powered real estate agent Margaret Nam has her eyes set on running for mayor in the small town. Not letting anything stand in her way, she develops a personal vendetta against Tassy Morgan, who refuses to comply with city ordinances about the paint color of her shack. Now her house, and her budding relationship with the rich, and recently widowed, Lincoln Ellis is as much under town scrutiny as is the height of her fence and the color of her walls. If it wasn’t for the unsurprising romance and sexual tension between Tassy and Lincoln I would have considered this a book for elementary school aged kids. Its good for a summer beach read when you need to keep one eye on a book and one eye on the kids running around the waves.

Tassy Morgan’s Bluff
By Jim Stinson
Plume, 2011
280 pages
Book 24 of 2011
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