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The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron
A couple of months ago, on a whim, I took a high sensitivity self-test that [livejournal.com profile] beccabug33 posted. I scored pretty highly, which I wasn't expecting, so I started looking into the topic. What I found has been so enlightening. This book explains highly-sensitive psychology in an understandable way (although some of the recommendations and "exercises" were waaaay too far out-there for me). Things I've dealt with all my life suddenly make sense. I don't intend to use the highly-sensitive label as a crutch, but I don't feel as compelled to apologize for or repress certain aspects of myself anymore. Which is a good feeling.

The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
I just finished this (in e-book format). [livejournal.com profile] kiwiria and others have recommended it for years. I should have listened sooner. It's so romantic! It's about friends who fall in love but are kept apart by a misunderstanding. One of my most irresistible plots. :) I loved it.

Calm, Cool and Adjusted by Kristin Billerbeck
The final book in the Spa Girls series. How can I say this nicely? It was bad. The writing was all over the place. I practically got whiplash trying to follow the main character's changing moods and motivations - that is, when she wasn't being a caricature. Maybe it's just the character, but since I had similar feelings about the second book (which had a different narrator), I don't think so.

How To Be Popular by Meg Cabot
The story of what happens to an average teenage girl when she takes the advice of an old book about becoming popular. It was enjoyable but pretty formulaic.

City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
I was a huge fan of CC's epic fanfic, the Draco Trilogy, regardless of the controversy surrounding it. I don't know why it took me several years to read her original work. Anyone who liked the DT will like this. There are a LOT of similar elements. I was going to wait to get the final book of this trilogy, so all my books would match, but I can't wait for it to come out in paperback. :)

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
YA about a family that runs and lives in a historic, rundown New York City hotel. I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the story. Fun stuff!

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Another e-book classic, about a group of very different Englishwomen who rent an Italian villa for a month. I really liked this one too! I'm putting the movie in my Blockbuster queue.

Books for April: 8
2009 year to date: 25

Praying Wife ladies: should we start back on Monday?

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