Monday, February 28, 2011

What I have been reading

Just Finished:




Grave Secrets
by Kathy Reichs

 My husbands grandmother lent me four of these books and this was the fourth one I read. I just finished it and enjoyed just as much as the last three. These really are great crime dramas.

On my Kindle


Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Bronte

I am reading this book right now for three reasons:
1) It is a classic so it is free on my Kindle.
2) I have been itching to read it again ever since I heard they were making this book into a new movie.
3) I love this story, but I am pretty sure I have already mentioned that before.

From the Library:



The other day I was at the Library and the first three books of the Mortal Instruments were available.  I enjoyed the first book so much, I decided to snatch up the next two books while they were both sitting on the self waiting for someone to check them out.

I am about halfway through this book and so far I am liking it just as much as the first book. Stay tuned for my final thoughts.


On a side note I just wanted to say how exciting it is to go to the Library and find books that I have been wanting to read. I have a long list of books that I have been trying to get through but I don't want to spend a lot of money on books.  As many people will attest, budgets are tight these days. That being said, the books I want are often not available so I get really excited when I find a few I have been searching for. I often check out more books then I really have time for but I'm afraid if I don't check them out right then, the next time I go to the Library they won't be there anymore.

I know I can place my name on the hold list for a book and the Library will save it for me but last time I did that they forgot to tell me the book had arrived so I never got it. Then they tried to charge me a restock fee for not picking up the book. Now I am afraid to try again. I think that eventually I will have to try it again if I want to be able to check out some of the books on my list.

For now I will just keep going to the Library and choosing books to read that I find waiting on the self for me to read!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Jane Austen

I was first introduced to Jane Austen in College. Why it took me that long to discover her books I'm not sure.
I group of us got together and watch the BCC Miniseries Pride and Prejudice and I fell in love with Mr Darcy (Colin Firth).



 Actually, I feel in love with the entire story and decided that I wanted to read some of her books to see if I enjoyed them just as much. Of course I loved them all. I'm pretty sure I have read them all now but I might have missed one along the way.



While Pride and Prejudice remains one of my all time favorites, I would consider her novel Persuasion my favorite of her books. There is just something about the Character of Anne that I love. She is so level headed and practical but she still feels so much affection and attachment to those around her. It is such a great story of true love and second chances.

  What is your favorite Jane Austen Novel?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

City of Bones



City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare

Ever read a book that you just couldn't put down? Or stayed up all night reading because you just had to know what happen next?

This book was that type of book for me. I stayed up until 12:30 am last night to finish, which for a mom of two young children is really late! Even though getting up early this morning with the kiddos was tough, it was worth it to find out how the story ended.

I really loved this book.

I  liked all the characters, especially Jace. He is sarcastic and serious but he cares about others and is a true friend. I'm starting to notice a trend here. I always choose the sarcastic characters as my favorite. (Silk from the Belgariad series is a great example of this) I'll admit I tend to be a little sarcastic myself so I can relate to those characters actions and attitudes. ;-)

I thought the story was unique and interesting. I kept wanting to learn more about Clary's history and the world of the Shadowhunters. The story really drew me in and kept my attention.

This was a good supernatural fantasy and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fantasy

I ♥ Fantasy!

These books create such a vivid story for me. There is something special about books, that are based on fictional worlds and magical phenomena, but still have the ability to make me feel like a part of the story.  I really love this genre. I find the stories captivating, something I really look for when reading a good fictional novel.


 I credit my love of Fantasy to the author David Eddings. To this day I still consider him my all time favorite Fantasy writer. I am, once again, behind the times and just learned today that he died back in 2009.   So today my post is dedicated to his memory. Thank you for introducing me to the magical world of Fantasy!

When I was in High School my Uncle introduced me to the David Eddings' series and I was hooked immediately. The first series I read was the the Belgariad. These ten books followed the story of a young boy named Garion who begins to discovery his true identity and magical abilities. These are still my all time favorite fantasy series. I love the characters, I love the plot and I love the writing. My favorite character is Silk the thief. He is cynical and sharp-witted but there is just something about him and his sense of humor that I love.


The second series I read were the Elenium. This series introduces you to an entire new world filled with new group of characters. I enjoyed these books just as much as the first series. In fact my sister claims these are her favorite David Eddings books. I really believe that it is because she read them before she read the Belgaraid and Malloreon series so she became attached to this group of characters first.

The characters in these books are wonderfully written. I felt myself caring about each of them and what their future held. I thought the story lines where interesting and couldn't get enough of these books. I would spend entire days curled up in a chair reading these books (and some nights too!). These are the kind of books that make me laugh out loud, cry and forget about the world around me. Don't we all need a place to escape to sometimes?

If you need a place to escape I would recommend picking up a good fantasy book. They are wonderful

Friday, February 11, 2011

Virals


Virals
By Kathy Reichs

I was wandering around Barnes and Noble the other day just browsing and I came across this book at the Young Adult Table. This book jumped out at me because I recognized the name of the author. She is the author of the Temperance Brennan Novels (Bones), Crime thrillers, which I have been enjoying  a lot in the past few months. I really like her style of writing and love reading about the science involved in solving the crimes.

I was very excited when I discovered she had written a Young adult fictional novel. I had a feeling that I would really enjoy it so when I got home that night I downloaded it to my Kindle.
I was right! I really enjoyed this book.

There are many different things that made me enjoy this book. First, as a mentioned before, is her style of writing. I'm not sure if I can put in to words what I like about her writing style but what I do know is that I immediately get caught up in the story. I really liked the characters in the story and felt like they were very relatable. The teens were not annoying and I thought that their thoughts and actions were a realistic portrayal of everyday teens.

This story, like the Temperance Brennan Novels, involves the discovery of bones and the search for truth. Unlike her crime thrillers, this Novel takes on a more Sci Fi feel, as the teens discover special abilities they have gained. I really enjoyed this new angle.

It was also refreshing to read a book that made reference to veterinary medicine with out making me cringe. I recently finished reading a book that involved a lot of Veterinary medicine and I found it to be inaccurate and bothersome. I work in the Veterinary field and have some strong views about that subject so I just can not enjoy a book that does not paint an accurate picture of Veterinary medicine.

But I digress. I found this book to be smart and well written, believable and entertaining. A fun read that made me wish for more when it ended. I hope that she is inspired to write more of these novels.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The reason I am so picky about Children's book

As I have mentioned before I have a hard time finding Children's books that I can really fall in love with.  The other day I was reading The Napping House, by Audrey and Don Woods, to my children and I realized that these books are the reason why I expect so much from children stories.



Quick as a Cricket
By Audrey  Wood  Illustrated by Don Wood


The Napping House 
By Audrey Wood  Illustrated by Don Wood




The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR
By Don and Audrey Wood

I loved these books when I was a kid. Especially, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR. It was so fun to read about a mouse who didn't want to share his strawberry with the bear.


And guess what? I still love these books. They are everything a good children's book should be.
The stories are fun to read, entertaining for both the child and the Adult. The illustrations are gorgeous! I love, love, love the illustrations. And they are the perfect length. Not to many words, which is one of my biggest complaints about some children's books. 


These really are the perfect children's book in my opinion and so I often find myself comparing other books to these. Not to many books can stand up to these delightful books. So get out there and read these books to your kids, you wont regret it!