Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived by Allan Lazar, Dan Karlan, and Jeremy Salter
Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister
Peyton Place is one of those old school melodramas I'd always meant to get around to. I've got an old copy D's mom gave me when she was getting rid of some books. Too bad she didn't have a copy of The Thorn Birds, too.
The Smart Bitches one had been on my PBS wish list for so long I forget who recommended it to me. Ugh, it wasn't good. I'd never been to their blog, and this didn't make me want to check it out. Sorry, the phrase "man titty" wasn't funny the first time, and didn't get any funnier after much repetition.
The 101 Most Influential People I liked much better, until I got to this part in the section on Hester Prynne:
"The story has helped society ease the stigma of adultery. By slowly distancing ourselves from the concept of sin, we have relegated adultery to the secular grounds for divorce...."
Um, WHAT? Adultery should be stigmatized! And "distancing ourselves from the concept of sin" is what's so wrong with the world today. Nobody believes in right and wrong anymore. It's just "do whatever, who cares, no shame, don't judge me".
But I did enjoy the lawyer jokes in the section on Perry Mason and read them out loud to D. Our favorite was "If a lawyer and an IRS agent were both drowning and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper?"
Then I finished off the month with some mindless chick lit from PBS. I think I've read something by MacAlister before but can't remmeber for sure. The sex scenes were kind of icky, though. People covered in sloppy slimy food makes me think of those terrible America's Funniest Home Videos of kids in high chairs with spaghetti or birthday cake smeared all over them. Who thinks that's cute? It's so gross.