Friday, October 22, 2010


One of the shows I enjoy watching is Bones. I find the world of forensics fascinating and the characters entertaining to watch.

Recently I was introduced to the books that inspired the TV series.

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs is the first book in the series.

As I stated before I don't often read crime dramas but this was a great one. I really like the way she writes and the story kept me enthralled the entire time. I wanted them to solve the case and  found myself getting anxious about them catching the serial killer in time. (in a good way).

Here are a few things you should consider if you are planning on reading this book. This story is about a serial killer, prostitutes, and sex offenders so some of the descriptions can be graphic. The serial killer is very brutal. Also there is some language in this novel so if that bothers you this is not the right book for you.

When compared to the TV series there are some differences. Temperance Brennan's character is not has literal as she is on TV. Also the story is based in Montreal and none of the other characters in the novel were familiar to me.

That being said I really enjoyed the book, although I did get frustrated with the character Tempe Brennan a few times. She kept going out and doing her own detective work with out the police's help. It was kind of like watching a horror flick where the young women goes down into the dark basement alone to check out a noise. Seriously, who does that! You know that they are going to be in danger and you want to yell at them to stop. But I guess that is one of the reasons that this book is so entertaining.

If you like forensics and crime dramas this is an excellent choice. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween Time

Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach was my favorite book when I was little.

 I just loved reading about Harry, a young boy, who stands up to the monster he believes took his mother.

This is a great story, especially for this time of year when we like to hear stories about witches, goblins and monsters.

The humor is perfect for little kids and it is a fun story to read out loud.

Do you have a favorite story to read at Halloween time?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Roald Dahl

Did you have a favorite author as a kid?

Well I did. Roald Dahl.

I probably check every one of his books out of the library one summer. You could say I was obsessed. Not such a bad thing to be obsessed about. What parent is going to complain about their kid reading too much?
Actually mine might have. I had a tendency to put off chores in order to have more time to read.

I could not get enough of his books. My favorite was The BFG. Loved that book. Also loved Witches, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach. My list could go on and on. But seriously I don't think there was a bad one in the bunch.

I found this cute website for Roald Dahl so check it out. You wont regret it!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

If you are going to choose one Nicholas Sparks book to read this should be the one.

This was by far my favorite of his books. 

The fact that it ends happily for everyone definitely helped but I still cried. For some reason this story really touched me.  There were several times as I was reading that I thought that they were describing me. For some reason I could related to these characters. Not the part about being married for 30 years, kids moved out of the house and feeling like strangers. Just some of the elements of their relationship, their personalities and some of the struggles they faced sounded so familiar. Maybe lots of couples face similar struggles? I'm not sure, but I do know that this book reminded me that we should not take our loved ones for granted and that we should show and tell them how we feel as much as possible. Even if we think that they know how we feel, it is important to tell them. We all want to be told that were loved and sometimes we need reminding.

On a side note, I loved that this book had the main character, Noah, from The Notebook  in it. I already knew his character well from reading the book and watching the movie. I thought that it was really cool that this story was about his children.

So read this book and then tell the person who is most important to you how much you love them!