Wherever you are: don’t feel sad that you’re not in the ‘Sunshine State.’ Joyce says that the January weather in Flo’da was absolutely miserable with lots of gray skies and clouds and rain. So, she’s been reading The Help in order to pass the time. The Help is currently number one on the NY Times Best Seller list:
Joyce tries to stay in the know, you know. She can be a bit of a player. However, while she’s finding The Help to be quite enjoyable, it’s not her very favorite read. She admires the fact that it took the author ‘something’ to write what she did. But Joyce prefers this type of book: sex, murder, happy endings. In that order. She likes the sex to pop up here and there while the murder is being solved. And as for happy endings, Joyce believes there is nothing better.
Joyce prefers fiction that includes history, kings, queens, illegitimate children, memorable eccentrics, manservants, and sex. And she appreciates unique descriptions during the sex scenes like when breasts are described as ‘alabaster globes.’
Joyce enjoys some of the writing of Stuart Woods . . .
. . . but not all. It depends on many intangible factors which would take us too long to discuss. And Joyce does not want to get into a heavy discussion over leisure reading. It’s for leisure, not for the solving of world peace. And that’s why she thinks the NY Times Best Seller list is just a load of crap. She would never just read something because it was on a best seller list.
Joyce enjoys Brenda Joyce, but only if the main character offers a certain feistiness . . .
Author Brenda Joyce’s motto is: in love and dreams there are no impossibilities. Do you see why Joyce digs some of her stuff? Or maybe it’s because her last name is Joyce?
Linda Howard has also written a few books that Joyce thinks are swell . . .
When is the last time you’ve read a really good book? We mean a really good one. A book that you couldn’t put down or didn’t want to put down. A book that you kept thinking about a lot. Because good Lord, you can’t trust the NY Times Best Seller list at all. The Help is good, but is it number one material? Just wondering. And Elizabeth Gilbert’s Committed to Whining is now number two on the non-fiction best-seller list . . .
Lord, help us all if we have to endure months and months of whining at the top of the NY Times list again.
The best book we’ve read in the last two years is The Book Thief . . .
Yes, it was a best seller, but we loved it anyway. We thought it was extraordinary. In every possible way.
So, how about you? What is the best book you’ve read in the last two years? We’re starting The Joyce List—a list you can trust. So, please–do tell. We’re in desperate need of a happy ending.