OK, I've been reading, so time for reviews!
I love Janet Evanovich, so was thrilled to read "Lean Mean Thirteen". Funny stuff! I love Stephanie Plum, Ranger sounds divine (I'm on the Ranger team, sorry, Morelli), and I laughed so hard at the exploding taxidermy that I was afraid I'd wake up my sleeping husband. A must-read for fun!
On the other side of the spectrum, I read a non-fiction book called "Jewels: A Secret History" by Victoria Finlay. My friend Allegra recommended this book, and I'm glad I read it. Each chapter is dedicated to one gemstone -- jet, pearl, opal, peridot, emerald, sapphire, ruby, amber, and diamond. She travels extensively to discover more about the origins of the stones, how they are mined, the fears that many have about synthetic gemstones, and lots of interesting trivia. I learned a ton of things -- there are river pearls in England; how the De Beers campaign keeps changing to keep people buying diamonds (which aren't at all rare); how amber was created; it's a fascinating read, with lots of photos and drawings.
The other day, when I dropped Zack off at preschool, I saw a sign that said "Free Books in the Lounge" so of course I had to go look. I came out with a healthy stack of books, and Lisa Gardner's "The Killing Hour". I love murder mysteries with serial killers (must be why I wanted to do something in forensic science with a medical degree) and this was a quick read because I couldn't put it down. It's about a killer who always abducts people in twos -- one acts as a map containing all the clues for where to find the second one. A real page-turner!