Whatcha reading?

Whatcha reading?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Purge: Sarah Darer Littman

An excellent story about a teenager battling bulimia and deciding what is important in her life. A must read for adolescences about coming of age and peer pressure.

Days of Grace: Catherine Hall

Interesting book from an elderly woman's point of view. As she is preparing for death she revisits the past with her greatest mistakes and moments of joy. The book creates this impending doom, which you are wanted to find out, but at the same time not sure you want to know. The war time slogan of keep your mouth shut and smile meant much more to the protagonist. i felt like the story ended without really concluding.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dismantled: Jennifer McMahon

Messed up, twisted, weird story! Very very good, will be getting the other books she has published. the story has so many twists and turns you can form an opinion on who is doing what and why. Very well written and super entertaining.

Between Here and April: Deborah Copaken Kogan

Very original story, never read anything remotely close to it. Very interesting, quick read. I love how she compared her life to not only her friend's mother's, but to the gerbil as well. Great use of imagery. It was ingenious how the author was able to develop the character as a person, and then add all of her other titles as the story progressed, mother, wife, lover, etc, but developed her character as a person first. There is a certain distance I have not come across in reading before. The book gave insight on how one can have the perfect life on the outside, but still be a wreck.

Friday, November 19, 2010

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders: Daniyal Mueenuddin

I felt as though I should have listed the characters in this book. Since the stories are interwoven it was hard to keep track of who did what and was related to whom. The stories were all very touching and most were sad. The title couldn't have been better as it compares how vastly different lives can be.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: David Sedaris

Filled with Sedaris' clever wit, these stories model human life and occupations in a humorous way, showing that "aren't we all just animals?"

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Girl in Translation: Jean Kwok

The best book I have read in a while, I finished it in a couple hours. She has an amazing, vibrant voice. You are proud of the protagonist and the choices she makes. A very good read. I eagerly await her next book.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hannah's List: Debbie Macomber

A very lighthearted simple book, a little too scripted to be believable, but a quick, easy, predictable read.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy

I hadn't known this quote was from Anna Karenina, but I love it " All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." I enjoyed how the story started right away and there is little in the way of extra unimportant information. The story starts with a woman hurt by a man, switches to a man hurt by a woman, both couples are reconciled, but ends with another woman hurt by a man. Parts of the book reminded me of Vanity Fair and it felt like three books ( each about a different couple) combined into one story about the family as a whole. The Middle got sort of dry, but the ending was unpredictable. Tolstoy combined everything; one love story ends happily, another mediocre, and the last dramatically. It was a very good book though and was insightful on human nature and human relations reacting with life.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Father of the Rain: Lily King

Very raw and emotional book, you can actually feel the hurt Daley experiences and the feeling of not being wanted by anyone. This book has to be written by someone with these experiences, it's just too acurate to be envisioned. The ties she has to her father who is such a selfish individual are completely believable too, how she has to hold on to good memories of him from her childhood in order to last her for her entire life.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mockingjay: Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay is the third and possibly final story in the Hunger Games series. It had been a while since I had read the previous book and it took me a few chapters to remember what had happened. Collins recapped what happened previously in such a way that it wasn't a bunch of extra garble for the reader. The plot is Hard to predict and the storyline keeps the fast pace as in the other books. It was impossible to determine what Peeta's role in this book was to be. I did have a hard time believing all the plots and plans were devoted to keeping Katniss content, come on who is that important lol! The book did seem to finish the series and was just as good as the other two, with more action and death. It seemed like Katniss did a lot of sleeping through this story.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Widow of the South: Robert Hicks

The story moves forward as different characters take up the narrative. Expertly written about not only the pointlessness of war, but the way everyone is affected. Interesting and informative, makes you wonder how many heroes are forgotten. This novel was based on a true story and very heartfelt as well as wonderfully crafted.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Passage: Justin Cronin

Interesting book about the battle between good and evil. I enjoyed the different means of delivering the Story. The beginning of is oddly distant and impersonal, followed by a section of letters describing bizarre events. The next section is more personable and the characters are developed followed by a journal entry, laws and a watch log. The story was formated really believably, as if the world were starting over. This would be a great movie since there are a lot of characters and the "glowing people" and "vampires" would be more effective if seen. Towards page 200 it gets sort of Stephan King-like and seems like the ending, but only about a quarter of the way. The book is divided up into sections and each is very different from the next, It reminded me of growth, where the characters all die out and new ones emerge. It was a very entertaining read and reminded me of several other things I have read.