Monday, October 26, 2009

What Would Emma Do?

I read a book this weekend (one of many) called What would Emma Do, by Eileen Cook.

The book centers around a teenager named Emma who sort of struggles with what she believes and what she wants to do in her life. She lives in a very conservative, religious town and thinks it's pretty weird that everyone always says that they follow the Bible and Jesus for what they believe instead of making up their own minds. She also thinks it sucks that all the people in town who say they believe in Christianity are basically hypocrites and liars who turn the other cheek when something they don't like or don't want to stand up to happens.

Emma knows that she wants to get out of the little town of Wheaton, Indiana after she graduates and experience her life for herself. So she spends her time training very hard for track in hopes that she will get a full athletic scolarship to Northwestern.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Even though it is written for teenagers, I think that people of all ages would enjoy it

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Charlie Bone

I finished The Penultimate Peril and the first volume of Me and my brothers. The Penultimate Peril was good, but I was disappointed with the ending. Overall though, there was a little drama, adventure, intrigue and a healthy dose of new words.

Now I've moved on to Midnight for Charlie Bone, by Jenny Bone. I am still in the prologue, but its good. It is sort of a fantasy novel that is first in a series. Seems a little trippy, but it seems good.

The Penultimate Peril and Me and my Brothers

I was reading this morning for the 24 hour read-a-thon, and being the big geek that I am, I am already halfway through The Penultimate Peril, and Me and My brothers Vol 1 because I have been darting between the two.

However, I might have to abandon them for a bit because I just picked up The Host, Stephenie Meyers new book, from the public library, and it looks soooo good. If it's as good as Twilight, I'll probably finish it in one day.

Friday, October 23, 2009

24 Hour Readathon

So, I was looking at a book blog site I am on, and I read about something called the 24 hour readathon. I thought, what is this curious 24 hour readathon thing? So, I went and checked out their website and... signed up to join in on this nice little readathon. It goes from October 24 to October 25, and readers are free to read what they want and for however long out of the 24 hour period they want. So, I wrote down a list of books I'd like to read during this period. Keep in mind, there's no way I'll get through all these books, but at least I'll have a variety to keep me occupied for however long I sit around and read. This is a bookworms dream come true :)

Millie’s Fling
The Shack
What would Emma Do?
Miss Match
Match Point
The Penultimate Peril
The End
Me and My Brothers Volume 1
Me and My Brothers Volume 2
Me and My Brothers Volume 3
Me and My Brothers Volume 4
Midnight for Charlie Bone
Charlie Bone and The Time Twister
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magicians Nephew
The Last Battle

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Book(s) of the Day - Me and My Brothers (Series)

I don't usually read manga, but something about the humor in the Me and My Brothers Series, by Hari Tokeino, caught my attention.

The story revolves around a 14 year old girl and her four half brothers. She was raised by her grandma because her parents died when she was young. But then her grandma passed away too, so the four brothers she never met get the task of coming to live with her and raise her.

The story contains some drama, as any family story does, but it also has its fair share of funny situations that are bound to arise in this type of situation.

If you want a cute, funny read, I suggest checking this series out.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Book of the Day - The Green Guide

Ok, this technically isn't a novel. No, the Green Guide is just that, a great guide for ways you can make your home greener. It is written by the editors of the magazine, Green Guide and the forward is written by Meryl Streep, which seems appropriate since she is one of the founding members of said magazine.

The Green Guide has tips about which types of cleaners to use in your house. There are great ideas for cleaning the bathroom, the kitchen or even your dirty laundry. There are tips about food, buying locally, etc. They recommend going veg, but if you eat meat, they give advice about which is the safest to eat and where to get it.

There are so many more tips in this great book, I don't even know where to start, other than to recommend that you check this book out and use their tips! Everything we can do to be green is a great choice

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Book(s) of the Day - LOTR Trilogy

Ok, I admit, I am a big Lord of the Rings geek. I LOVE these books. I've also seen all three movies and enjoyed them immensely. So, it seems right to have this humble series as book(s) of the day.

The series of course, is really introduced in The Hobbit, but one can easily read the LOTR trilogy without having read The Hobbit.

The story, for those unfamiliar (though it's hard to imagine world without people who have at least a little knowledge of LOTR) revolves around the "young" hobbit Frodo and his fellowship who go on a journey to rid Frodo of the one ring in the fires of Mordor. There are so many twists and tales and amazing plot points throughout, that it would be impossible to detail everything in these stories. So, if you've never read these books, get to a library and check them out! You won't regret it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Book of the Day - Cupcake

I checked out a book from the library the other day called Cupcake. I was intrigued, if only by the title alone. But then I started reading the book. It's actually really good. I don't really like to give to much away about the books I read in case other people want to read them as well, so I will keep my description short and sweet. The book revolves around a girl named Cyd Charisse (yeah, named after the famed dancer/actress). She moves from San Fran to the Big Apple after high school graduation, and spends the novel trying to figure out who she is without her parents or now ex-boyfriend around all the time. In between, she has many hilarious escapades and cheering up sessions from her brother and her best friend, who also both live in NYC. Overall, it's a pretty good read

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sister Wife

I was at the library, and I checked out a book called Sister Wife, by Shelley Hrdlitschka. This is a book based on the fundamentalist LDS movement. The families in it are part of The Movement, and they live in a city called Unity. They never leave the city. In fact, the only person who leaves the city is Celeste's father and one of his wives. They leave once a week to go shopping because they feel bringing other people or too many people will draw questions to them and their lifestyle.

Celeste is one of the main characters in the novel. As the story starts, she is just shy of her 15 birthday. This is the age at which girls in the community get married to much older men. They go to school until they are roughly 14.

Celeste is sort of "rebellious," so to speak. She does not want to marry an older man. In fact, she is not even sure she wants to stay in Unity.

The plot follows her thoughts and actions, as well as looking at what she does through the eyes of her sister and her friend. Overall, for a book written for younger teens, this is a pretty good read, and I recommend it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Author of the Day - Lemony Snicket

About two or three years ago, I picked up the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events series, by Lemony Snicket. I thought, oh this looks cute, I'll check it out and see what it's like. Well, I know it is written for children, but let me tell you, even grown ups could get a little kick out of it. It is totally fun, and just a simple, light read. It introduces words that kids are unfamiliar with, and then explains what those words mean. The plot and dialogue are easy to follow. It's just an overall great series.

The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril
The End