Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

This book is about a boy who is raised in a graveyard by ghost. Among the creatures he meets are ghouls, witches, werewolves and perhaps even a vampire. The story contains mystery, intrigue, friendship, deceit and lots of adventure.

I loved this book! It was such a good story. The young boy behaves in exactly the way I would imagine a young boy, raised in a graveyard among ghost, would. I looked forward each day to the times I got a chance to pick up the book and read again. Not an easy task with two young ones to take care of.

I wasn't really surprised that I enjoyed this book so much since I have really like Neil Gaiman's other books, Coraline and Stardust. Both are also good movies, if you are looking for something to watch. I especially love Stardust. His books are so creative and fun to read.

I think this would be a great book to read out loud to my kids someday. I now know a good book that I can read to them, when they out grow picture books.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I really enjoyed this book about werewolves. It was a unique telling of the life of a werewolf and a human girl he loves. I like how the author switches between the two characters as she tells the story. It made it more interesting to have the two different view points. 

It did take me a while to get through it. I'm not sure if that was because I wasn't in a reading mood or because the story was a little slow moving. Sometimes I just get into a funk and find it hard to keep reading, which is not always the books fault. What I can say is that I was intrigued by the story right away but it took me a while to really get caught up in the story.

Once may attention was finally captured I couldn't stop reading, which to me is a sign of a good book. Tired of all the vampire books and references out there don't worry no vampires in this story. If you are looking for a good werewolf story go out and read this book.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is one of my favorite novels. If you haven't read it before you should. I am very excited that they are coming out with a new movie. The actress from Alice in Wonderland is playing Jane and I think she is a good choice for the role. The preview looks good!

Friday, December 10, 2010


by Sherman Alexie

When I first started reading this book I was unsure if I was going to like it. There was a lot of swearing, more than I usually tolerate. The main character is a juvenile delinquent and there is a lot of violence.

That should have been enough to keep me from liking this book but when I was done reading it I realized that I really liked this book. It was a very well written book. Thought provoking and eye opening.

The basic story is about an native american foster kid who is on the verge of murdering a bank full of innocent people when he is drawn back through time to experience different moments of history. Each moment shows one way someone justified killing another person. This book explores the issue of justice, revenge and what drives people to believe they are doing the right thing even when it is something as violent as killing another human being.

I know it sounds strange that I would like this book but for some reason this book really struck a chord with me. I found myself hoping that this boy would learn from these experiences and change his ways.

So yes this book is violent, the swearing is over the top but it is still a very interesting read and I am glad I took time to read it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tis the Season

Christmas time is here. Time to share some favorite Christmas Books.

Humphrey's First Christmas 
by Carol Heyer

 This is a really cute story about a camel who unknowingly helps carry gifts for the wise men who are travelling to see the Baby Jesus.

The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg

It goes with out saying that a book about a train ride to the north pole to see Santa is very popular in our home.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

I really liked this book when I was younger. It is hilarious!

What are some of your favorite Christmas Books?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Fire by Kristin Cashore

This book was by the same author as Graceling. The story takes place in a different land and introduces you to a whole new group of characters. There is only one character from the first book in this story.  I would recommend reading Graceling first for two reasons. One, so that this character remains unfamiliar to you in Graceling and two, so that you know what he is capable of in this book. Hope that makes sense with out giving too much away.

I enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting, the the story line kept me interested the entire time. The concept was much different then the last book. Instead of dealing with people with graces, it deals with  beautiful monsters, who can control people. Once again a very unique story.

This was another great fantasy book. So if you enjoy fantasies, I would definitely recommend these two books.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Counting and more

My son is learning how to count so I decided to checkout some counting books from the Library. These were my favorites.

One Duck Stuck
by Phyllis Root

This was a cute book and I enjoyed reading it to my son

Roar! A Noisy Counting Book
By Pamela Duncan Edwards

My son loves Lion King so this was a favorite book this week. Plus it was cute story and pretty pictures to look at. I couldn't ask for more.

This book has nothing to do with numbers but we have sure enjoyed reading it. Really cute pictures and we liked doing the different actions through out the book.

We've All Got Bellybuttons!
by David Martin

Thursday, December 2, 2010


The Diggers By Margaret Wise Brown

I happened to randomly chose this book off the shelf at the Library and we have really been enjoying it. My son loves it since half the book ended up being about digging a hole under a mountian for a .... Wait for it.........   TRAIN.

This book fit all my criteria for a good children's book. Great Pictures and an entertaining, short story to go along with it. I love finding children's books that I actually like to read and that my son loves just as much. This has been the best train book we have found.