Friday, February 6, 2009

It's that time again

I don't like when this happens on a weekend, since so many of you only do the blog thing during the week, but there's just no help for it. I finished Third Degree by Greg Iles, so it is time for you to select what you think I should read next. Since it is the weekend, I will leave the poll up through Monday night so those of you who are solely weekday bloggers can vote and thus enter the BONUS giveaway. Yes, once again, I have more than one copy of a book.

I had to re-stack my three to-be-read towers of books, since they were about to topple, and while doing so, I discovered that I had a brand-new hardcover copy of the book I had just finished, Third Degree by Greg Iles. Sorry, you don't get that one. But you CAN win the slightly used paperback copy that I just finished. It really is like new; I'm very easy on books. So go vote over on the right for the book you think I should read next and leave me a comment if you want to be entered in the giveaway. I'll let you know the winner on Tuesday. The randomly selected books from which to choose this time are:

The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari,

The Wish List by Eoin Colfer,

The Hunt Club by John Lescroart,

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich and

The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan.

While I am waiting for the results, I am going to read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I know a lot of you DESPISED, HATED and LOATHED that book; Shelly's review is here. Because of that, I had pretty much decided not to bother with it. But then Shauna said she LOVED it, and because she seems to like some of the same stuff I do, I began to think that maybe I would like it too, despite the fact that Tess also likes some of the same stuff I do, and she was one of the ones who DESPISED, HATED and LOATHED it. Then when a single copy of it appeared on a shelf in front of me on sale and I flipped through it to see that it didn't look like a book that would take an eon to get through, which if it were horrible would render it unfinishable, I went ahead and bought it. So since it may never win a vote (unless it does so on the merits of misery loves company), I'll go ahead and read it over this weekend while I wait for your votes.


Pickles and Dimes said...

I haven't read any of the books in your poll. Boo!

Uh-oh, I hope you like The Road, because otherwise I will be the only person in the universe who did. I know a lot of people said they didn't like it because it was so depressing, but that's what made it so interesting and intriguing to me.

Tess said...

Dude, I totally support you in your quest to read The Road. Can't wait to hear what you think!

Wait, what did you think of the Time Travelers Wife?

I really need to learn the HTML for italics.

Mimi said...

I actually liked The Road. Not because it is a feel-good kind of book. Oh no. But it is a book that sticks with you and kind of haunts you for a long time after reading. I'm curious to hear what you think of it too.
I haven't read any of the books from your current list, though.

Fiona Picklebottom said...

Tess - Italics is: shit, what are the escape characters? Um, let's see if I can do this without it just printing in italics:

stuff you want to italicize

Also, I LOVED The Time Traveler's Wife. I know you didn't, but it was so Journeyman-ish to me, and so in my head the main guy looked like the Journeyman dude. Then how could it be bad, what with him popping up naked everywhere?

Fiona Picklebottom said...

No, that didn't work. /* and */ are the escape characters that apparently didn't work. Trying again:

// stuff you want italicized

Fiona Picklebottom said...

DAMN IT!!!!!

Okay, I'm enclosing each character in quotes, but just string them together without quotes to use:

'<''i''>' stuff you want italicized '<''/''i''>'

Try that.

Fiona Picklebottom said...

That looks crappy too.

It's the less-than sign then an 'i' then the greater-than sign then the stuff you want italicized then the less-than sign, a forward slash, an 'i' and the greater-than sign. that will do it.

Take this as evidence that I should never try to explain anything to anyone.

Chantal said...

I voted for the Hunt Club. Not because I have heard of it, but because I drive along Hunt Club to work every day (its a road in my city). :)

Anonymous said...

I just like the sound of "The Rosary Girls" so that's my choice.

Jess said...

I voted totally randomly, having not read any of those books. Currently I'm engrossed in Wally Lamb.

Shelly said...

I cannot wait to hear what you think of The Road. (And I am tremendously flattered that you dug up my review of it from '07!) I've never heard of any of the books in your poll and I already have a copy of Third Degree, so I'll vote, but please don't enter me in the giveaway. (True Story - When I bought it at the grocery store, the cashier made some comment about me buying a book, I said, "Yeah, it looked interesting", and he said, "So you DID judge this book by its cover?" And I just mumbled something about reading the synopsis on the back cover. WEIRD dude)

Alice said...

i didn't know any of these books either, so i was another random vote :-) i am interested to hear your review of the road, though!