The Plain Janes: Review Haiku

Is it wrong to com-
plain, in this format, that too
much is left unsaid?

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg. Minx, 2007, 176 pages.


Pants on Fire: Review Haiku

This one's earthy, chaste
(sort of). But after a while,
they all sound the same.

Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot. Harper, 2007, 260 pages.


Bad Tickets: Review Haiku

Hail, Mary Margaret,
full of grace: the Lord's with thee,
but trouble is, too.

Bad Tickets by Kathleen O'Dell. Knopf, 2007, 231 pages.


The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: Review Haiku

Sometimes change can be
a blessing. But sometimes it's
best to just have tea.

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon, 2007, 213 pages.

Lean Mean Thirteen: Review Haiku

Toaster bombs, stuffed cats,
and the cable company
(those f**kers). Fun stuff.

Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich. St. Martin's, 2007, 320 pages.


Ant Farm: Review Haiku

Lampoon boy makes good,
follows dad's footsteps, writes book.
Nice bathroom reading.

Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations by Simon Rich. Random, 2007, 139 pages.


The Outsiders: Review Haiku

Groundbreaking, it was:
class warfare for teenagers.
Now, it just seems quaint.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. Puffin, 1967, 180 pages.

#6 on The LIST. Listened to on a Playaway device.


The Three-Martini Family Vacation: Review Haiku

Not so much trip guide
as kick in parental pants.
Pass the gin, Junior.

The Three-Martini Family Vacation: A Field Guide to Intrepid Parenting by Christie Mellor. Chronicle, 2007, 144 pages.


But the Munchkin says I'm Cookie Monster

You Are Bert
Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you loveable - even if you don't love them!
You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you
You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil
How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others

Note: Currently reading Sara Miles's Take This Bread and not liking it as much as I thought I would. Maybe I have read too many liberal Episcopal female spiritual journey memoirs. . . Also, jealous of everyone who participated in the 48-Hour Book Challenge. Next year, I swear.


A View from Saturday: Review Haiku

Idealized, maybe;
but rich and warm as a fresh
cuppa tea. Kind Souls.

A View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. Aladdin, 1998, 176 pages.

#5 on The LIST.


Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Winners

Read 'em and weep.

Congratulations to Cybils judge Loree Griffin Burns, whose Tracking Trash was named a nonfiction honor book. Heckuva debut, Loree!


Sins of the Fathers: Review Haiku

Take three Our Fathers
and three pretty messed-up kids;
then pray for them all.

Sins of the Fathers by Chris Lynch. Harper, 2007, 232 pages.


The Rules for Hearts: Review Haiku

Dysfunction junction!
The Real World with iambic
pentameter. Nice!

The Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan. Viking, 2007, 222 pages.