Wednesday, June 23, 2010
After reading These is my Words I put it in my mental list of "favorite books of all time..." It was wonderful. As the cover says, it is a Diary of Sarah Prine, and it starts out with horrific spelling and grammar (which in my opinion is fun to read - fun to decipher and correct what she is saying) but as time goes on you can see the change that happens. Sarah teaches herself and after a while there are no mistakes in her diary. The story-line is fantastic. I loved how emotionally connected I felt to the characters. I loved the ending, but I won't give anything away. Just read it. You won't be dissappointed. Unless you are Kathy reading this... sorry hon, you probably won't like it. hehe.
Sarah's Quilt is book 2 in the Sarah Prine series. It was very good. I wouldn't say it was as good as the first, but it was still very good. It was a fun western story read. Book 3 in the series I ordered online and is on the way to my house.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was hilarious. It was a silly take on the classic story and I had fun reading it. I hear it is getting made into a movie with Natalie Portman as Elizabeth Darcy. So fun! I am anxiously awaiting it's release.
I just finished City of Bones last night. I read this book fast. I couldn't put it down. I was blown away by a SURPRISE ENDING!!!! Wow. I don't know if I've ever been more shocked/disturbed by an ending. It wasn't what I was hoping for/expecting at all! However... book 2 and 3 in the series are on their way to my house and I'm excited to read them. The story is about a 15 year old girl (about to turn 16) who can see things/people that others can't - and is pulled into the Shadow Hunter world (shadow hunters kill demons). It is very similar to Harry Potter (and also has an Uglies/Twilight(just a little bit) feel) but it has it's own things that make it unique. And it is funny - I laughed out loud quite a few times. It is a good read and I think I recommend it. I was just really blown away by that ending!!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
ALSO: Please make suggestions on what to read next. I'll compile a list of suggestions tomorrow, post a quick poll that will close Sunday and we can all start reading Monday.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It's been a busy few weeks of reading for me. Since I last posted I read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society.
Hunger Games has been reviewed and so has Catching Fire (see the posts below. I added my rundown).The "Potato Book" as I call it was excellent. It chronicled the aftermath of WWII for the people living on an island between the UK and France through nothing but letters and telegrams. Juliet is a journalist and Dawsey, a man who lives on the island, writes her because he found her name and address in a second hand book he bought. Juliet ends up going to the island and falls in love with the people there. The most poignant character of the book, Elizabeth, never writes a word or gets a chance to tell her side of the story but she is the character I fell in love with the most.
It was a great book, one that I want to read again and again.Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos. It is the sequel to Love Walked In (which I read back in July). It's a little slice of life book about a woman in living in suburbia. I didn't love it, didn't hate it. But it made me feel good and ended well enough.My spoiler free summary: Cornelia has just married a handsome oncologist and they are trying to have a baby. They move into a quaint little neighborhood full of people who could be extras on Desperate Housewives. She finds a good friend in a woman named Lake and an enemy in neighbor Piper. Let the fun begin.
So, onto the annoyingly self depreciating Katniss. Oh honey, not since Bella have I seen such a whiny little snot who doesn't understand that it's not normal to have 2 good looking dudes be attracted to someone so unaware of said attraction AND still put up with her after she leads both dudes on. But the similarities stop there. Bella was a weakling (sorry Twilight fans) while Katniss is a really strong and genuinely on top of things person. I really liked how Katniss stepped in for her sister (If Jenn is reading I would have totally done that for you!). As for the whole "valuing life" thing I think the only people who really didn't value life were the people in the Capitol. They reminded me of the French Bourgeoisie who lived lavish lives while the poor around them suffered. I got the feeling that the districts weren't particularly fans of the HGs but that they went along with it because they were divided and powerless. Katniss found out more about the other districts while attempting to kill and not be killed by them than she ever knew before. How are they supposed to revolt if they don't even know where the other districts are?
Also, the tactics they used to keep people from complaining on camera have been used in so many POW situations. The whole "smile while I hold this gun up to your head" concept happens all the time, and I am sure it is still happening.
This book took a bunch of really crappy aspects of the way humans treat each other and made it into a depressing glimpes of a possible future. But I loved it. I think realizing that this is all possible really sucked me into this book. The ending was great, I would totally have eaten the berries.
I also read the second one and didn't like it as much. I hope the 3rd one is better. And I'm on Team Gale. I'm making a t-shirt tonight.
It was so crazy for me to read that the kids form groups with one another, knowing that they would eventually have to kill the people they teamed up with. I don’t know that I could do that, or kill anyone for that matter. I suppose they were brought up differently and don’t value life as much as we do now? What kind of people would put together the hunger games for the entertainment of others? I tried to draw parallels of this with our society and when watching The Biggest Loser on Tuesday realized the book and show are very similar! They compete for one winner, and they are all starving for food. Hehe. A lot of America, including me will watch every Tuesday night to see how their competition has gone and who is getting “killed off” that week. The Hunger Games is The Biggest Loser on steroids.
I wish the third book would come out already!
I also liked the messages in the book, and the idea of how society/laws/culture can really shape the way people act. Can force them to do things they never would have done otherwise. I'm not homicidal, but forced into a similar situation, I would kill to save my own life too. The book does a fantastic job of underscoring the power dynamics of society that are all too real (rich vs poor...powerful vs powerless). And I'm so used to my own reality that I first thought "hunger games? seriously, that's not realistic" but then I think about the things our governments and others have done and are doing, and I realize the book might not be so fantastical after all.
So, now I'm left wondering, do I read book 2? I'm satisified with book 1 because they won the HG's, but what is the attraction to read book 2? To find out if she picks dough-boy or her old hunting buddy? To see if the government will punish her, her family, or district 12 for showing them up? To learn whether her father actually died or is still alive? Or maybe that her father was murdered by the government as part of some kind of conspiracy? I could go on an on with ideas for book 2, although I'm not sure I'll read it. I'm curious to hear other's reactions to book 1 though...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I finished this book 4 days ago (I know, it has taken me a while to get it posted on here, I've been busy) and I can't shake it. In fact, part of my brain kind of thinks I'm still reading it and I have to go back and finish it. I wish I was; it was such a beautiful book. There were parts where I cried so hard I couldn't read. I put off reading this book for a long time because it has to do with the Holocaust. Somehow my husband and I went through this phase where we watched a ton of movies that were Holocaust related and then we went to the Holocaust Museum in DC in January and I read two books that were about it (although I didn't realize that when I started them) and I kind of told myself "Enough, you know what happened, you know it was sad, you know it was horribley wrong, you don't need to keep reading/watching about it to remember those things for the rest of your life." But I am SO glad I made an exception for this book. Just when I thought I couldn't see another point of view this book comes along and changes everything. The narrator is death itself and is told from a German family's point of view. I won't say anymore because I think everyone should read this book not knowing anything when they go in.I will say this: it was depressing but hopeful at the same time. You get the feeling that the main character, Leisel, is a symbol of the goodness and beauty you can find in even the most gruesome and horrific situations. And it makes you realize how hope can make you resiliant to pain and sorrow.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
When should we have it finished by? Your thoughts?
PS: I know that the "nose in" list is not current so I am just going to go ahead and grant you all admin privleges (I just realized I could do that) so you guys can update your own books. If you need help let me know and I can post instructions.
PPS: Be sure to label all your posts with the name of the book for easier reference.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I always enjoy movies and books when they become applicable to my own life--you may wonder HOW time-traveling becomes applicable when I write, NO, I do not have my own Delorian or genetic disease---but I think this books gives us added perspective. If you were able to travel back and forth what would you want to know? To go even deeper--what does this book tell us in respect to the past and what we cannot change, and the choices we make followed by the consequences. All this is very deep, but I thought it was an excellent book. I loved how she wrote from both perspectives. I just wish the movie would have been able to show Claire's perspective more.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
First things first, I love you Rachel, but she lied to you all, I was not reading the Harry Potter books as Rachel posted on the side of this blog. This I realize was my own fault. She called to ask what I was reading and I was frustrated that day and very rudely told her I didn't know (sorry Rachel, again, I love you!) So what do ask, was I reading ? A book that is now in my top 5 of good books!
That's right, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. My mother was the one who suggested this book to me. I started it on Wednesday night and finished it last night. Having only 2 hours during Alex's nap time and an hour or so after Alex went to bed, I didn't want to put it down. It's about a German girl in Nazi Germany; told from deaths point of view.
I loved it!! I could barely read the last few chapters, because of the tears in my eyes. It is a definite must read.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
The History of Love reminded me of another really good book I read a few months ago by Jonathan Safron Foer called Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. It's the story of 3 generations of men. The Grandfather, who escaped Nazi Germany, the father, who died in the 9/11 attacks, and the grandson, who, in an effort to find the answer to a clue he thinks his father left, discovers his father as well as his grandfather. Sometimes the book is through the eyes of the grandson, sometimes through the grandfather. It was a different way to look at the tragedy of 9/11. I liked how sometimes, instead of words, the author actually put in pictures to convey the sadness of the little boy. I would recommend this book as well.