Elin Hilderbrand’s Silver Girl


Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand | LibraryThing

Hilderbrand, E. (2011). Silver girl: A novel. New York: Little, Brown and Co. 9780316099660

While in England, my roommate gave me a book she just finished. It was Silver Girl. This was the first book I’ve ready by Elin Hilderbrand.

Hilderbrand relates a story of two estranged friends in addition to a tale of a Ponzi schemer. The author gives us two perspectives – that one of Meredith Martin Delinn, the wife of the “Bernie Madoff” character – Freddy Delinn, and her childhood friend Constance “Connie” O’Brien Flute. Forty-nine year old Meredith has lost it all thanks to Freddy cheating rich people out of loads of money. Nobody wants to associate with Meredith and she can’t talk to her grown sons because they’re also implicated in her husband’s crime. Connie’s got problems of her own in addition to the rift between her and Meredith. Then, Connie calls Meredith and the two head out to Nantucket for the summer. Here, Meredith and Connie make way for reconciliation as well as ghosts from the past. Meredith also has to face her old boyfriend, Toby O’Brien, Connie’s brother. 

I found Silver Girl easy to read and the characters realistic. I liked that Hilderbrand offered a point of view such as Meredith’s. Also, I liked that the title was a reference to a song by one of my all-time favorite music acts. I wanted to know more about Connie, though. Also, I was annoyed by how the author stated the characters’ full names. For example:

“The ring had been inherited from her grandmother, Annabeth Martin, and not bought with dirty money.”

“And the way that Meredith knew that Veronica O’Brien drank was because her own parents talked about it. . .

Three Out of Five Pearls

Song: ‪Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water Original Version‬‏ – YouTube

Setting :  New York City, Nantucket

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Top Ten Books I want to Reread


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September 27: Top Ten Books I want to Reread

1. Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides – Well, I reread Middlesex in January. I wish Eugenides would publish another novel.2. Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things – Maybe I should refresh my memory as I wait for the library to fill my request of Beautiful Days.

3. Anya Seton’s Katherine – I haven’t mentioned this book in a while. 🙂 

4. Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary – This is to see if the book’s still good.

5. Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees – I read it when I was a senior in high school for English class and enjoyed it.

6. Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible – I read it when I was a senior in college and this book changed the way I read.

7. Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies – This was another book assigned in high school. Also, it was the book that introduced me to Julia Alvarez.

8. John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines – Here’s one of the funniest novels I’ve ever read.

9. Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales – I only wish he could’ve finished the stories.

10. Caroline B. Cooney’s  What Child is This: A Christmas Story – This book will get me in the yuletide spirit.

Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me


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September 20: Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me.

1. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter – Since I took English III in summer school as an original credit, I’ve never read it.

2. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series – I checked out the first one on audiotape (yes, my car was that old) but one of the tapes wouldn’t work.

3. Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time – I admit that I was probably reading Sweet Valley High instead.

4. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina – While I liked both Madame Bovary and The Awakening, I couldn’t make it to the end of Tolstoy’s version. Sadly, I reached page 500 and said, “Enough!”

5. Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shanara – I can’t blame my friends for this.

6. William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies – Maybe my English class had an “X” on it’s door. After watching the movie, I didn’t feel I’d missed much.

7. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple –  Please refer to #6.

8. Anything by Toni Morrison – After reading part of The Bluest Eye, I turned off and swore off.

9. Kathryn Stockett’s The Help – It’s surprising until one considers the waiting lists for this novel.

10. More by Flannery O’Connor – I liked one of her short stories. She remains on my TBR list.


Jean Kwok’s Girl in Translation (Uncorrected Proof)


Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok | LibraryThing

Kwok, J. (2010). Girl in translation. (Uncorrected Proof).  New York: Riverhead Books. 9781594487569

When I attended a meeting at HCPL’s Administrative Office, many uncorrected proofs awaited new readers. I picked up half a dozen that day, including Girl in Translation. As I didn’t want to lose a library book between here and England, I took Girl in Translation with me.

Kimberly Chang and her mother leave behind Hong Kong to pursue the American Dream sometime in the 1980s. Since they know very little English, the Changs depend on Kimberly’s Aunt Paula. Aunt Paula installs them in a Brooklyn slum and in her sweatshop. Soon, Kimberly leads two lives – stellar student by day and Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. She struggles through squalor, deprivation, and a crushing crush on an underachieving boy at the factory; Kimberly also navigates the social strata in a preppy white world. Bridging cultural and generational gaps, Kimberly must be strong to “make it.”

Kwok clearly draws her characters, especially Kimberly and her mother. My favorite character was Mrs. Chang because she was an empathetic person. I despised Aunt Paula. Another amusing thing Kwok writes is how Kimberly hears certain English words. I won’t remark on what Kimberly actually asked her teacher for when she needed an eraser.

What I didn’t like about this story was the ending. Most of all, what happened to Kimberly’s best friend Annette in the conclusion? I missed Annette because I considered her an impetus in Kimberly’s education. While I found the deprivation believable, I couldn’t buy some of the other things. I’m sad to say I really didn’t enjoy this book.

Two Out of Five Pearls

Song: Spin Doctors – Two Princes – YouTube

Places : Hong Kong, New York City,

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Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Another Blogger


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September 13: Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Another Blogger (In honor of BBAW!)

(These are books that were recommended by friends, family, colleagues, and library patrons as well as bloggers.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – (The Broke and the Bookish)

2. The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen – (Colleague)

3. Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series – (Colleague)

4. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – (Colleagues)

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – (Friend)

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – (Family)

7. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier – (Friend)

8. The Shack by William P. Young – (Family)

9. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich –  (Friend)

10. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – (Neal Wyatt/ Library Journal)   

Ann Brashares’ Sisterhood Everlasting


Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares | LibraryThing

Brashares, A. (2011). Sisterhood everlasting: A novel. New York: Random House. 9780385521222

A few years ago, I read all four of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. Later, I read 3 Willows, perhaps an extension of the aforementioned series. When I recently stumbled upon Sisterhood Everlasting on Amazon, I quickly requested the book through HCPL.

Warning: This review is meant for those who have read all the previous novels ONLY.

Brashares picks up the story of the four best friends – Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget, ten years later. They’re all grown up and leading seperate lives. Carmen plays a character on a TV show and lives with her producer fiancé. Lena teaches art at RISD and wonders about what life would’ve been like had she been with Kostos. Bridget lives with her boyfriend Eric in San Francisco. When Tibby invites Lena, Carmen, and Bridget to a reunion in Greece, all the sisters are estatic. However, this is a moment which changes their lives irrevocably.   

While I found the climax of this book devastating, I read the whole book. When I made it to the last pages, I felt relieved. Still, I’m not crazy about some of things which took place. Perhaps I’m too fond of happy endings sans tragedy.

Three Out of Five Pearls

Song : These are Days – YouTube (Natalie Merchant)

Places : New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, Greece, Australia

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Top Ten Sequels Jorie’s Dying to Read


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September 6: Top Ten Sequels Jorie’s Dying to Read

1. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton – I began reading the first Kinsey Milhone last week and it’s addictive.

2. Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen – Sometimes, I wish I’d waited until all the books were published before reading the first. I may need to review Bright Young Things.

3. The Next Book in Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series – I’m happy there’s more that Revis has to say but I want it five minutes ago.

4. Whatever Sarah Dessen publishes next – Not a series but she drops enough Easter eggs that it’s always good to read these in the order they’re published.

5. Persepolis III by Marjane Satrapi – Yes, it’s out there but not in English.

6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson – Actually, I’m reading it right now. However, I put aside a few other books just to finish the Millennium Trilogy.

7. Aurora Teagarden Series by Charlaine Harris – Okay, I’ve not read one of these. Nonetheless, my mom picked up the first one and it definitely qualifies for my TBR. Unfortunately, Harris has shelved these as she writes more Sookie Stackhouse novels.

8. The Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown – While these books aren’t my favorites, I do like the random facts within each volume.

9. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich – I haven’t kept up with Ms. Plum in a while but I hear she’s making her between Morelli and Ranger public in the next one.

10. The Case for Christ series by Lee Strobel – I need to read all of these.