Saturday, December 18, 2010

All she wants to do is Read, Read, Read

So, once again, it is time for my share some books on the reading list. Right now, I've got:

* My Way to Hell: This is just a really fluffy read. If you don't like a lot of swearing in your books, you won't want to read it.

* Very Valentine: Another light read that I'm doing with my local book club.

* Chocolat: Romance, breaking rules, great family and chocolate: that's really all you need to know.

* Bee Season

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Books, books everywhere

So, the pile of books on my list has once again grown, and I find it time to give each book a little mention now, and a review in the forthcoming days. So, now I am reading:

Room - Emma Donaghue
Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortensen
The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Life of Pi

Having finished Life of Pi by Yann Martel, I wanted to share a few more thoughts on it.

If you are unfamiliar with the book, it follows the life of an Indian boy named Pi Patel who gets stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal Tiger who he names Richard Parker. The novel details the trials that Pi goes through being stranded for so long with no food, no safe water to drink and a carnivorous animal in his life boat with him.

When Pi finally gets rescued, he goes through the trials of trying to get people to understand and believe his stories, because he tells them more than one, and finally makes his way out and gets to Canada.

I would say that this book is something that everyone should read at least once.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Books, Books, Books

So, as per usual, I've been reading. A lot. So, I just wanted to share some books I've been on about lately and a short read it or don't with each book.

Life of Pi - Yann Martel - about half way through. Like it so far, and can tell it's going to be a must read. It's very well written.

Why We're Liberals - Eric Alterman - all I can say is: if you're progressive, you'll love this book, if you're conservative, you probably won't.

Around the World in 80 Dates - Christa Ann Banister - not very well written, jumps all over the places. Save your time for better stuff.

Blessed are the Meddlers - Christa Ann Banister - read above review.

More to come soon.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Love, Stargirl

Having found and loved Stargirl at the library, I thought that I would enjoy Love, Stargirl just as much. So, after listening to about three chapters of HP and the Goblet of Fire, I read Love, Stargirl. It was fantastic! Just as good as the first. Jerry Spinelli has this way of drawing a reader into Stargirls world and making them cheer for her.

The quirky, offbeat characters were just one of the many things that I loved about this book. It was funny, sad, and so many other things rolled into one. It took on teen love without making it seem dopey or cliched. It looked at the fact that teenagers can and do feel this amazing pull in them for other people. That they can fall in love, fall out of love, get hurt, make amends, heal, and do so many other things that adults don't give them credit for.

Overall, I cannot recommend this book enough for people of any age.

Have now started reading Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy and will probably do The Austere Academy next.

Harry Potter

So, after a long night last night babysitting for some friends, I was wondering if I was going to be able to pop out of bed this morning to start the readathon on time. But thanks to my lovely phone blaring The Pretender by the Foo Fighters and my friend coffee, I was up and at em in time. I started reading Love, Stargirl and have read about 20 pages so far, but decided that for a bit, until my head is completely awake, I am going to listen to Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

I love all the HP books. They are just fantastic! So far, I am really digging Love, Stargirl as well. I think that I will finish that one quickly but already have a feeling I'll like it. Anyway, hope you are all enjoying the readathon so far!

More updates later :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

24 Hour Readathon List

So, last week, I mentioned that I am going to do the 24 hour readathon on the 9th. I'm not promising that I will read the entire 24 hours. I do need sleep after all. But I'll try to read as long as I can. This is the list of books I've decided on for this readathon:

* Charlie Bone and The Invisble Boy
* Charlie Bone and The Shadow
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Audiobook)
* Stealing Harriet
* Sisterchicks Down Under
* Sisterchicks in Gondolas
* Love, Stargirl
* Life, Libby and the Pursuit of Happiness
* The Devil Wears Prada
* The Austere Academy

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Perfect on Paper

I just read a book called Perfect on Paper, by Maria Murnane. Although you can tell that it is obviously her first book, it is cute and has a good little story.

The book details all the crazy and somewhat crappy things that happen in the life of the leading lady: Waverly Bryson (like the cracker). At the start, her fiance dumps her the day before the wedding, saying that "I'm just not in love with you."

The rest of the books happens over the course of about two years, involves a lot of drinking (which I could have done without), a lot of bad dates and some rather funny Honey Notes.

Overall, I'd say check the book out sometime. At a solid B+, I think you'd enjoy it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

I just recently finished reading the much lauded Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I fell in love with the book fro the beginning when Liz was traveling through Italy.

In this fantastic book, Liz leaves a hollow marriage to travel through three different countries and find herself. She leaves behind her life in America for a year and goes through Italy, India and Bali(Indonesia) to figure out who she is and what she really wants from life.

I cannot recommend Eat, Pray, Love enough. If you want a truly great read, this is the book for you.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Memory keeper's Daughter

I recently finished reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards, with the book club I am in. It was a heartbreaking look at the way that a secret can eat away at everyone and destroy something that could have been great.

In the beginning of the novel, Dr. Henry (David) is forced to deliver his twin children in the middle of a rare Kentucky blizzard. The first child born is a boy. Shortly after, the daughter is born and the father recognizes something in her that he react to negatively. He make a hasty decision that affects not only the lives of he and his wife, but also their son, daughter, the nurse who helps deliver the babies and a few surprising others.

If you want a read that will draw you in and at once make you learn the power of love and possibly break your heart, this is a great read for you.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Full Frontal Feminism

Ok, so, even though this post is about a book, it is a little more politically charged than the other books I usually write about here. I try to save that for my other blog, but I just loved this book so much that I couldn't help myself.

I'm sure everyone has heard of feminism. It's hard to hide from. I love feminism. And I love the way Jessica Valenti looks at it in her book: Full Frontal Feminism. She discusses everything from the words that are used to describe women(like slut and the ever hated c word) and used to treat them as property instead of humans, to the way that rape has become so common, and almost expected, that people are not even surprised any more when it happens. She talks about the way that women are expected to remain pure, not lose their virginity, yet are at the same time expected to give it up to any man who wants it.

The book discusses many of the ways that are treated as subhuman property instead of equals in a way that is at once heartbreaking and humorous. If you are charged by the subject of feminism at all, I highly recommend you read this book.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Book Reviewish - First Contact

The past few days I've been reading this book called First Contact, by Evan Mandery. It is, to sum it up a bit, one of the most hilarious books I have ever read. I would be sitting in a coffee shop or the back table at a library and just start laughing out loud on nearly every single page.

In this book, aliens from the planet Rigel-Rigel have made "first contact" with Earth. They want to come and learn more about the people of Earth, what we are like, what our culture's like. So, they pick the USA, make contact with some people there, and come to visit the White House.

The primary character, Ralph, is sort of an atache to the president, and is responsible for basically running errands for the president. Throughout the novel, he falls in love, buys the president sandwiches (on his own dime) and, in some rather funny moments, tries to find the president the perfect pair of underpants.

The president is very skeptical of the fact that aliens from space have made contact with the USA. He does not believe that aliens exist. He is, however, convinced that the aliens that do not exist are Jewish and keep kosher. This, well, turns out to be false, and some pretty hilarious events ensue.

As you may know, I hate to give too much away when I read, so I will say this to end: if you only read one book this whole year, make it First Contact.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Book of the Day - Sellevision

This week (mostly yesterday), I read a book called Sellevision, by Augusten Burroughs. It was absolutely hilarious, tear-jerking, over the top. I have no way to describe other than to say that it is one of the best modern books I've read this year. I don't want to give to much away, so I will give a summary as best I can without ruining the whole plot.

In Sellevision, the main characters all work for a fictional shop at home network called Sellevision. Of course, they sell things like jewelry, cookware and any other items that you might typically find on a shop at home network. The characters include Max, the flasher, Peggy Jean, the uptight Christian mom, Bebe, the shopaholic, and an array of other extremely humorous people including a stalker turned teenage boy potential murderer.

There are so many situations in this book that will make you laugh, and a lot that will break your heart and make you wish they'd never happen to you. Overall, I'd say that if you've never read this book, you're missing out.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Book of Luke

I read another YA novel this week called The Book of Luke. It was written by Jenny O'Connell, and it is based on the dramas and heartbreaks of teenage "love".

When Emily Abbott is halfway through her senior year, her parents inform her that they are going to be moving back to Boston, the city they left just two years earlier to go to Chicago. Emily is saddened by the news because she knows she will miss her friends in Chicago, and she is worried that her friends in Boston have changed and won't welcome her back.

Things fall apart in Emily's emotional life from the moment her parents tell her they are moving. Her dad was supposed to be transferred back to Boston for work, but then decides that he is going to stay a few extra months in Chicago to tie up loose ends. But the rest of the family still heads out East. Then, on the day they leave, Emily's boyfriend, Sam, breaks up with her.

When Emily, her mom and her brother T.J. get back to Boston, Emily starts over at Heywood Academy and realizes that not much has changed, except that everyone is a little older, a little more mature. She learns that two of her best friends from Heywood, Josie and Lucy, have had some serious guys troubles, not the least of which is a breakup by email with Luke.

So, Josie, Lucy and Emily come up with a plan to teach the boys of the future how to behave. They test out their little tricks to getting men to behave better in the trickiest way they know: by having Emily "pretend" to date Luke. The only thing Emily didn't bank on was that she would fall for him.

If you are in the mood for something that will keep you hooked, but is still a light fun read, I suggest this book. Not only will these girls antics keep you hooked, you'll like the end.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Book of the Day - So Big by Edna Ferber

This week, I've been reading through a classic called So Big, by Edna Farber. It is an excellent book, very well written. It is about a woman,Selina Peake, and her life as a gamblers daughter.

Her father is a professional gambler and her mother died when she was a small girl. Basically the book follows her life through a portion of her childhood, her fathers death, marriage, her son, and tells us what it was like for her having the life she did.

Overall, it is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pride, Prejudice and Zombies

This week, I have been reading my way through a book called Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, which is, as I'm sure you can guess, a creative telling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Seth Grahame-Smith has left most of Austens book in tact, but has added or changed some things so that the novel revolves around the undead. Elizabeth and her sisters are well trained zombie slayers who are expected to help rid the village of these foul creatures.

Admittedly, I am only about half through, but I am enjoying it thoroughly, and I recommend you read it as well.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Shopaholic and Baby - Sophie Kinsella

This week, I was in the mood to read something light, something I could just read without, how shall I say, having to really put tons of thought into it. So, I read Shopaholic and Baby, the last book in the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I was happy to see that I enjoyed it just as much as the first book.

In this book, Becky and her (now) husband, Luke, find out that they are expecting their first baby. They, of course, argue over whether to find out the sex of the baby because Becky wants to know, and Luke wants it to be a surprise. Well, they do get one surprise: Luke's ex-girlfriend reappears in his life when Becky unknowingly picks her as her OB/GYN.

As Luke's ex, Venetia, gets "closer" to Becky and Luke, Becky starts becoming paranoid that Luke is having an affair. There are things kept secret, text messages, and many other things that lead Becky to think this is most definately true. And with worry that the store she works at may close, Becky has a lot on her plate.

I'll keep secret how everything works out in the end, but I recommend you read the book if you want a good laugh. You won't be disappointed.