Sunday, January 30, 2011

David Copperfield

David Copperfield
By Charles Dickens

I finally finished!

This was my first attempt at reading a Dickens novel and although it took a while to get through it I did enjoy the story. I have to admit though that I find his writing very difficult to read. The way they spoke and wrote in the 1800 hundreds is very different from our use of language today. Sometimes I read an entire chapter with out really understanding most of what they were saying. Eventually I was able to, for the most part, gleam the implications and outcome of these conversations.

My favorite part of the story was the beginning of David Copperfield's story when he tells of his childhood. It is such a tragic story. The middle of the story slowed down for me. It was a lot of character development and foreshadowing for future events.  It was interesting how a person with such a difficult childhood would grow up to be so trusting and naive about the people he meets.  He often respected and admired people I could tell would be the cause of trouble eventually. That is probably the main thing that kept me reading. I just had to find out what these unscrupulous characters were up to.

I though this was a great story about someone who is faced with difficult circumstances and rises to the challenge. A story about remaining kind hearted and hopeful despite the trials you may face. An  admirable trait that that we all could aspire to gain.

Friday, January 28, 2011

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Holidays are over... maybe not

Christmas was a month ago but this is still my son's favorite book to read right now.

Llama Llama holiday drama
by Anna Dewdney

I think I will leave this book out all year round. No reason not to enjoy it through out the year.
We Love all of her Llama Llama books. If you haven't tried them yet, you are missing out on some great children's books.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Catering to Nobody

Catering to Nobody

By Diane Mott Davidson

This is one of those mass market murder mystery novels that I would normally not pick up off the shelf. You know, the ones you see filling the shelves at the Grocery store.  I guess I am always unsure if it will be a type a book I would enjoy so I never give them a chance. My mom lent this one to me and I enjoyed reading it. It was a very easy read, which is a nice break from trying to interpret what the characters are talking about in Dickens. I did find the main character's personality to be a little too brusque for me and I found myself wondering why she was always so short-tempered towards others.  I thought this story was engaging but maybe a little too predictable. I did think that some of the recipes sound intriguing.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Where the Wind Sings

Where the Wind Sings
by Robyn M. Schow

I took a break from Dickens to read this little novel. Little, as in much smaller then David Copperfield ;-).
This was such a quick easy read and I thought it was a cute story. I really liked how relatable the young heroine was. I always enjoy a book more when I can relate to how someone feels or acts. It makes the story more real for me and I truly liked the heroine in this story. The story was also an interesting twist on the subject of witches. I find myself wondering where the story may take me next. I guess that means I will have to read the sequel.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Why I haven't posted.

My wonderful Husband got me a Kindle for Christmas. I discovered that all the classics are free to download on it so I immediately went in search of some new books to read. I haven't read any Dickens before ( unless you count the excerpt of Great Expectations that they make you read in High School) so I decided to  choose one of his books. My Friend Kristy mentioned that she enjoyed David Copperfield so that is the one I choose. But because it was on my kindle I did not realize just how long that story is. I have been reading it for over a week now and have only gotten though maybe 1/3 of the story. Dickens seems to take a long time to get to the point of his story. I am determined to finish it  but I think it might take me a while to get through the whole story.