Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Well, I didn't mean to drop off the face of the planet there. Last week featured a paper, a presentation, and the sinus infection from the deepest bowels of hell--one of those where you can feel your pulse in your face.

Things might be a little touch and go here until after the holidays. Dan and I are hosting Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. AND! On the first night of Hanukkah, which is in 4.5 weeks, I will graduate from Library School. But classes end the week before that. And I have 2 research papers due before classes end (and this is where I start hyperventilating).

Also, today featured flurries! Flurries count as snow! SNOW! Yay!!!!!

Anyway, books!

Pulling Princes Tyne O'Connell

Calypso isn't poor, but she isn't part of the unbelievably uber-posh set that her classmates belong to. Plus, she's American, which is another strike against her at her all-girls British Catholic boarding school. But, this year, she's determined to break into the inner ranks of popularity.

And, thanks to a fake boyfriend, she totally does. But, then the Prince, (yes the Prince of England! he attends the nearby boys school) takes a shine to her. Calypso is thrilled, or would be, but she already "has" a boyfriend, and the meanest girl, the one who never accepted her, has claimed the Prince for her own.

Hilarious hijinks ensue!

Funny, sweet, and a little frothy, I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

My favorite part? The nuns. (This is a Catholic school after all!) How often to you get anything with awesome nuns? They aren't overly strict, they aren't overly mean. They're super nice and listen, and like a good gossip with the girls. Also, they totally save the day a million times.

The horrible mean teachers? Are the non-nuns. And the Mother Superior can be strict, but not any more than the head of such a place has to be. Hurray for O'Connell for writing nun characters who aren't stereotyped charactertures used for a cheap laugh!

French Kissmas Cathy Hapka

Wahoo! Another addition to the SASS series! But this one's a little different, this one is a sequel to Pardon My French (also by Hapka, reviewed here.)

So, after Nicole finally got used to France, she went home, graduated from high school, and then took a year off to travel the world! Now it's Christmas and she's back in France to film a SASS recruitment video with some of her old friends, and plenty of new ones.

So, there's Luc (oh la la, Luc). Nicole doesn't need the trouble of rekindling that romantic flame, so she's firmly keeping that relationship set on "friends only." Well, she's trying to. Then there's fellow DC-area American Mike, a great new friend, until it's obvious that she wants more. All Nicole wants is an uncomplicated holiday with no strings to hold her back!

Great SASS fare. I loved seeing the long-term effects of the SASS experience on a character. Plus, Christmas! In Paris! *swoon*

1 comment:

Jen Robinson said...

Good to hear from you, Jennie. And good luck with all that entertaining and all.