October 20, 2010

Wednesday's Worthwhile Reads

Wednesdays Worthwhile Reads is a new feature that will showcase some of our past favourites.
To participate you can link below. Rules are simple:
Must be a book that was published before 2009
Include a cover image, summary and your thoughts on the book (doesn't need to be a full review)

My selection this week:

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty
Published 2006 by Arthur A. Levine Books
489 pages

First of all, if you haven't read a book by Jaclyn Moriarty, you are missing out. Her books are hilarious, she writes wonderfully interesting characters...like Bindy.

Summary from Good Reads:
"Bindy Mackenzie believes herself to be the smartest, kindest girl at Ashbury High. Unfortunately, she is alone in that belief.
To prove her likability, Bindy decides to document her life in transcripts, essays and emails. What this reveals is a girls who's funny, passionate, hilariously self-righteous.....and in danger.
Someone wants to kill Bindy Mackenzie....and time is running out."

Bindy is a lovable character...and for the most part completely oblivious to how the rest of the world sees her. The story is written in emails, journal entries and laid out in a way that makes it a very quick read, and I laughed out loud through the entire thing. The "murder" portion of the storyline is a bit of a stretch, I can't say that it held too much suspense but I think that Bindy's character more than makes up for it. Definitely worth reading.


  1. Hi!

    First of all, I'm visiting (and following you, now) from the Friday blog hop. If you want to return the favor, I'm The Book Frog.

    I'd like to recommend the works of Charles McCarry. In particular, I have linked my review of his book Shelley's Heart, a political novel published in 1995 and reprinted last year by Overlook Press.

    McCarry's body of work, for the most part, relates the lives and careers of two families who have intermarried with one another for generations, the Christophers and the Hubbards. The spy fiction follows Paul Christopher, poet and deep undercover operative (a position that McCarry himself held with the CIA in the late fifties and early sixties); the political fiction centers on the Hubbards who work in the political arena, at high levels but in crucial support positions (sometimes in the public eye, sometimes behind the scenes). Together these novels tell an alternative--and sometimes prescient--history of the U.S. In The Better Angels, first published in 1979, the Hubbards help to steal a presidential election in much the same way, one might posit, that the election of 2000 was stolen. Not only that, but in this same novel a terrorist organization uses a commercial jet airliner as a weapon.

    Shelley's Heart, originally published in 1995 and rereleased just this year, takes up mere months after The Better Angels ends. The stolen election has been made public and there is a campaign to remove the incredibly popular incumbent, Bedford Forrest Lockwood, down home man-of-the-people, champion of liberal causes, from office and swear in his opponent, former president Franklin Mallory.

    You ask for a cover image, but I'm not sure how to link one here...but I hope you'll visit, and maybe follow.

    Becky (The Book Frog)

  2. Hi Becky!
    I'm so happy you participated! To link you, just need to add your info to the Mr.Linky. That enables viewers to click and visit your blog and your review. Hope that helps.