The Week In Books, No. 45A

I finished The Time Traveler’s Wife as I was in the process of making dinner (I often read in snatches here and there whenever I am waiting around for a minute or two). Tears were pouring down my face, I was trying to hold the book and take the food out of the oven, and my mascara fused together from the heat so that I couldn’t open my eyes properly…I was a mess. The ending is not unexpected, nor was it even that wrenching, but the concepts of what was going on really grabbed me and I found myself wondering what I would do in the main character’s place and I got weepy.

I thought Niffenegger did a good job constructing her story around time in a way that managed to make an unbelievable concept seem feasible. The book works off of the framework of chronological time to explore who people are in time, how we change, what makes us into who we become, and so forth.

Book club should be good this week!

After Amy’s recommendation, I checked out Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. It’s officially thicker than the phone book, although smaller in length and width. Parts of the book were redundant, which surprised me since it was already such a long book, but whatever. Begoun and her crew did extensive research on tons of products from every makeup line to see if the products were good for skin (most are not even when they claim to be), if they did what they claim (most don’t), if they are useable cosmetics, and value for the money. I was really surprised by her findings. I thought it was interesting that so few companies own so many different lines, and how similar the lines are to each other. For example, the same parent company owns Kiehl’s (very expensive line at Neiman Marcus), Lancome (mid-range department store line), and Maybelline (cheap drugstore brand).

I was gratified in some cases to find that products I really like are actually good ones, but I was also chagrined to learn how many products I used to spend the big bucks on are actually worse than, say, Wet And Wild stuff! Ouch.

I think this book would really be a useful reference if you invest in skin care products and/or makeup, just to see if you’re getting what you think you are paying for. Thanks for the recommendation Amy!

Also Completed:
Psalms, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum

Currently Reading:
Psalms, Habakkuk, Luke, 2 Corinthians
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte (to Hannah, and yes, it’s long, but it’s really good!)
“A Guide To Elegance” by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux
“Teach Yourself New Testament Greek” by Ian Macnair
“Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready” by June Oberlander

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