Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Last week I read the following:
Friday, June 26, 2009
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Since I have never read any of Ms. Paul’s "DragonKeeper Chronicles", a lot of the terms used in this story were new to me. Luckily, there was a handy glossary at the back of the book that I kept referring to for help. And I also want to make note that there were some inconsistencies with the map and the story itself - so I was a little lost at times as to where exactly the characters were in the story when compared to the map, but other than that, I can definitely see the appeal this story would have on children and adults alike. The story has an undeniable Christian message, but it is subtle enough for a non-believer to also enjoy the book.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I completed the Themed Reading Challenge. I chose books that were being adapted or had been made inot movies. Here is my original post and my final list.
1 Speak - Laruie Halse Anderson (completed 6/08/09)
2 He's Just Not That Into You - Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (completed 3/06/09)
3 Confessions of a Shopoholic - Sophie Kinsella (completed 2/02/09)
4 Stardust - Neil Gaiman (completed 3/22/09)
5 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne (completed 3/07/09)
6 The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau (completed 4/13/09)
7 I Love You, Beth Cooper - Larry Doyle (completed 6/12/09)
8 Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (completed 6/14/09)
This was super neat! Ms. Pike explores the realm of faeries and immerses us in a world that is very unique. Although I can’t really say I have read any Fae books, the legends I’ve come to know (and I blame this on Disney) are nothing like the world Ms. Pike creates in Wings. I must say that her take on fairy life is refreshing, if not AWESOME.
Although this follows the traditional set up most fantasy/love triangle/young adult fiction titles we've seen in the past few years, this story, involving the mystical world of the Fae, Camelot, and the doors to Avalon, had me hooked from page one.
I fell in love with the characters and I am already torn between who Laurel will choose - David or Tamani. Apparently this will be a 4-part series, and I am already anxious for the next installment!
To learn more about author, Aprilynne Pike, you can visit her blog here.
2 The Reader - Bernard Schlink (completed 1/02/09)
3 Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts (completed 1/05/09)
4 Blindness - José Saramago (completed 1/11/09)
5 Confessions of a Shopoholic - Sophie Kinsella (completed 2/02/09)
6 He's Just Not That Into You - Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (completed 3/06/09)
7 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne (completed 3/07/09)
8 Stardust - Neil Gaiman (completed 3/22/09)
9 The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau (completed 4/13/09)
10 Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson (completed 6/08/09)
11 I Love You, Beth Cooper - Larry Doyle (completed 6/12/09)
12 Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (completed 6/14/09)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I know nothing about punk music, only a tad about Manhattan (since I’ve only been there once), yet I still managed to fall in love with this book. The writing is phenomenal - especially the dialogue - clever and witty, yet still touchingly real. It was funny and had depth and heart. You really felt for these two people and felt like you could know them in real life. Their mutual love for music is really explained and you feel it through the writing. The story is told in the first person switching back and forth each chapter between Nick and Norah's point of view. I found myself relating more to Nick than to Norah, he was more reserved and maybe even a little naive. Norah I found I couldn't really relate to so much, but she was still a very funny and likeable character.
I actually read this book before I saw the movie. If you’ve seen the movie and haven’t read the book because of this, you should definitely read the book. They are two different entities with some similarities. They are both good in their own way so this is one I’ll have to say: "Don’t judge a book by its movie."
All in all, I love the idea of this book. It is entertaining, funny and heartwarming. I can definitely see myself reading this over and over - and enjoying it the same, or more, every time.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Sheila Crispin Cook, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala. Sheila is asked to chair the benefit, in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the gala and it looks like smooth sailing for Sheila-until she promises a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a "good-hearted" affair with the charity's Executive Director, Lockhart Dixon.
2 I Love You, Beth Cooper - Larry Doyle (completed 6/12/09)
3 Annie’s Ghosts - Steve Luxenberg (completed 6/13/09)
5 Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult (completed 3/28/09)
6 Stardust - Neil Gaiman (completed 3/22/09)
7 Laura Rider's Masterpiece - Jane Hamilton (completed 3/29/09)
8 Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah (completed 4/01/09)
9 Shoot the Moon - Billie Letts (completed 4/04/09)
10 I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti - Giulia Melucci (completed 4/06/09)
11 The Lake that Stole Children: A Fable - Douglas Glenn Clark (completed 4/06/09)
12 The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe (completed 4/09/09)
13 Girls in Trucks - Katie Crouch (completed 4/12/09)
14 The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau (completed 4/13/09)
15 The People of Sparks - Jeanne DuPrau (completed 4/14/09)
16 One Deadly Sin - Annie Solomon (completed 4/16/09)
17 Jantsen's Gift - Pam Cope & Aimee Molloy (completed 4/20/09)
18 The Late, Lamented Molly Marx - Sally Koslow (completed 4/22/09)
19 The Blue Notebook - James A. Levine (completed 4/26/09)
20 The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton (completed 4/30/09)
21 The Prophet of Yonwood - Jeanne DuPrau (completed 5/02/09)
22 My Little Red Book - Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (completed 5/04/09)
23 The Simplest of Acts and Other Short Stories - Melanie Haney (completed 5/05/09)
24 The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers - Angie Fox (completed 5/08/09)
25 Mother of the Believers - Kamran Pasha (completed 5/10/09)
26 Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris (completed 5/11/09)
27 The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (completed 5/16/09)
28 Burning Wild - Christine Feehan (completed 5/17/09)
29 Twenty Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler (completed 5/19/09)
30 A Hint of Wicked - Jennifer Haymore (completed 5/21/09)
31 Mating Rituals of the North American WASP - Lauren Lipton (completed 5/24/09)
32 The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie - Jennifer Ashley (completed 5/25/09)
33 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley (completed 5/28/09)
34 In the Land of Cotton - Martha A. Taylor (completed 5/30/09)
35 Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin (completed 6/02/09)
36 Obama’s Blackbery - Kasper Hauser (completed 6/01/09)
37 If I Stay - Gayle Forman (completed 6/02/09)
38 Marked - P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast (completed 6/05/09)
39 Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson (completed 6/07/09)
40 Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson (completed 6/08/09)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Steve’s search gives you a glimpse into State mental health care institutions, eugenics in the United States, the pressure on families with mentally ill children, as well as he takes you through Depression-era Detroit, the Holocaust and even Vietnam.
This book is definitely a serious one, but I found it to be very interesting (I definitely learned a thing or two) so I would base my recommendation on that.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
"I love you, Beth Cooper."
I was looking for a book that would make me laugh and was not serious whatsoever and definitely found it in "I Love You, Beth Cooper." This is the classic tale of the nerd loving the most beautiful girl in school - in a “day in the life of” scenario. It took me back and captured that high school surreal feeling of social status and angst. It's like Return of the Nerds, where the nerds become semi-cool, get the girl, and realize that there's more to life outside the world of high school and all its pettiness.
This is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Any book that quotes characters from some of the funniest movies of all time has to be funny! And the comics were just hilarious. I will confess, I actually bought the book because I skimmed through it and was laughing at how funny the illustrations were.
If you’re in the mood for something fast-paced and highly-entertaining then this is definitely your book.
The movie comes out this summer - here's the trailer.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I thought it was neat how truly immersed in Melinda's mind you are but at the same time you still are not able to see the whole story at once. This is a powerful novel, and readers can enjoy both Melinda's wry humor and her heart-wrenching pain. The metaphors and symbolism add to the richness, but the primary attraction is Melinda herself - you become one with her and I found that I cared deeply for her and ached for her sadness. Although most girls will not be able to relate to Melinda directly, her tale is one that needs to be told. She is a survivor and a heroine and a voice that every young girl should learn from.
This was a very unique coming-of-age story but, more importantly, the author addresses issues that are difficult to discuss (I won’t go further into these issues as I don’t want to give any of the story away). If you enjoy books with a strong message, creative writing, and an intriguing plot than Speak will be the book for you.
Monday, June 15, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he's kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.
TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST . . .
Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won't let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.
TO TAME HIS MOST SECRET DESIRES?
Beneath Helen's beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn't back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen's secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find-a happy ever after.
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This is one of those books where every time a new character is introduced the story spans out into their own chapter with their own storylines. So yes, there are multiple stories happening at the same time, but once you’re past the confusion of who is who, they really start to grow on you. These are average people who are discontent with their lives, trying to better themselves and doing their hardest to find happiness.
Although I really didn’t relate to any of the characters, I really enjoyed this one. Sarah Dunn is one funny lady. I found myself laughing out loud - some parts were just hilarious. I truly enjoyed the great dialogue and admired Ms. Dunn’s ability to get into the heads of both men and women. Her characters were all broken in one way or another but they were also witty, humorous and just plain fun.
There was one line that really touched me:
So if you’re in the mood for something fun, intelligent and with a great sense of humor (sounds like the perfect man, doesn’t it? haha) then this is the book for you. Plus, who can resist that spectacular cover? You know me, I’m a sucker for a good cover.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I never could imagine the struggle that someone like Lia is going through. Her internal dialogue, debating on what to eat (or not eat). The calorie counting, the blogs created by others like her, the constant weighing in (and the lengths she goes through to appear that she isn't losing weight when she has to weigh in), the changes her body was going through (it’s amazing what our bodies will do to adapt and live). Reading about how she longs to be able to simply eat and not obsess over every single bite of food, the hundreds of sit-ups and hours on the stair climber....
Kudos to Laurie Halse Anderson for tackling this difficult subject matter in such an honest and unflinching way. I started to think that this should be recommended reading for any teen girl - but I think that someone who is already predisposed to eating disorders or inclined to self-mutilate, might read this book and have it act as a "trigger" to such behaviors.
It was so hard to read, but even more difficult to stop reading. It's honest. It's explicit. It's raw. I liked it.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
2- Inkspell - Cornelia Funke (completed 1/15/09)
5- The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau (completed 4/13/09)
6- The Prophet of Yonwood - Jeanne DuPrau (completed 5/02/09)
For some reason I had been staying away from this series... I think it was just a bit too mainstream for me. But thanks to some friends (and I won’t mention who), I was told how fantastic they were, how I would love them, and I was not disappointed. Although I did find myself comparing the story a lot to Harry Potter, once I got past that, I really enjoyed the whole gist of it. I loved the fact that there was a special vampyre school where your classes started at night and you had these great subjects (like fencing and equestrian classes).
I will forewarn though, that considering that this is a book geared towards young adults, it did have a fair share of sex in it. But with that said, I did appreciate the "opinions" expressed in the story about sex, drugs, and alchol. I don't think it took away from the book, on the other hand, I think it helped to build Zoey's character as a non-conformist and moral young lady.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I finally completed the New Author Challenge. Although I originally agreed to only 25 - I was able to do 50. Here is my original post on the challenge as well as my final list.
1 Julia Leigh - Disquiet (completed 1/01/09)
2 Jason F. Wright - Christmas Jars (completed 1/02/09)
3 Bernard Schlink - The Reader (completed 1/03/09)
4 Billie Letts - Where the Heart Is (completed 1/05/09)
5 Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (completed 1/07/09)
6 Laurie Viera Rigler - Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (completed 1/09/09)
7 José Saramago - Blindness (completed 1/11/09)
8 L.J. Smith - Secret Vampire (completed 1/13/09)
9 Allison Winn Scoch - Time of My Life (completed 1/17/09)
10 Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (completed 1/19/09)
11 Yann Martel - Life of Pi (completed 1/23/09)
12 Tiffany Baker - The Little Giant of Aberdeen County (completed 1/26/09)
13 Sarah Shun-lien Bynum - Ms. Hempel Chronicles (completed 1/27/09)
14 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (completed 2/01/09)
15 Sophie Kinsella - Confessions of a Shopoholic (completed 2/02/09)
16 Candace Bushnell - One Fifth Avenue (completed 2/09/09)
17 Diana Gabaldon - Outlander (completed 2/19/09)
18 Daniel J. Tomasulo - Confessions of a Former Child (completed 2/22/09)
19 Sophie Dahl - Playing with the Grown-Ups (completed 2/24/09)
20 A.M. Homes - The Mistress's Daughter (completed 3/03/09)
21 Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo - He's Just Not That Into You (completed 3/06/09)
22 John Boyne - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (completed 3/07/09)
23 Chris Tusa - Dirty Little Angels (completed 3/14/09)
24 Rick D. Niece - The Side-Yard Superhero (completed 3/19/09)
25 Joshua Henkin - Matrimony (completed 3/24/09)
26 Jane Hamilton - Laura Rider's Masterpiece (completed 3/29/09)
27 Kristin Hannah - Firefly Lane (completed 4/01/09)
28 Giulia Melucci - I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti (completed 4/06/09)
29 Douglas Glenn Clark - The Lake that Stole Children: A Fable (completed 4/06/09)
30 Katherine Howe - The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (completed 4/09/09)
31 Katie Crouch - Girls in Trucks (completed 4/12/09)
32 Jeanne DuPrau - The City of Ember (completed 4/13/09)
33 Annie Solomon - One Deadly Sin (completed 4/16/09)
34 Pam Cope & Aimee Molloy - Jantsen's Gift (completed 4/20/09)
35 Sally Koslow - The Late, Lamented Molly Marx (completed 4/22/09)
36 James A. Levine - The Blue Notebook (completed 4/26/09)
37 Rachel Kauder Nalebuff - My Little Red Book (completed 5/04/09)
38 Melanie Haney - The Simplest of Acts and Other Short Stories (completed 5/05/09)
39 Angie Fox - The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (completed 5/08/09)
40 Kamran Pasha - Mother of the Believers (completed 5/10/09)
41 Markus Zusak - The Book Thief (completed 5/16/09)
42 Sarah Ockler - Twenty Boy Summer (completed 5/19/09)
43 Jennifer Haymore - A Hint of Wicked (completed 5/21/09)
44 Lauren Lipton - Mating Rituals of the North American WASP (completed 5/24/09)
45 Jennifer Ashley - The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (completed 5/25/09)
46 Alan Bradley - The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (completed 5/28/09)
47 Martha A. Taylor - In the Land of Cotton (completed 5/30/09)
48 Emily Giffin - Something Borrowed (completed 6/02/09)
49 Kasper Hauser - Obama's Blackbery (completed 6/01/09)
50 Gayle Forman - If I Stay (completed 6/02/09)
I can't wait to do this again next year!