Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages
by Gary Chapman

This book is different from the type of books I usually post about but I thought it was worth a post.

A friend of mine let me borrow this book and I am really glad I read it. I though it was a great way to examine they way you express love to others and they way you would like others to express love to you.
This can apply to not only your significant other but your children, friends and family members.

Reading this book made me realize that while I appreciate all forms of love expressions, there are definitely ways that are more important to me. It also helped me realize that these might not coincide with my husband's love language. I want to make a better effort at expressing love to my husband in the way he appreciates it the most.

I thought this was a great book for helping to build strong and loving relationships. I really appreciated the different suggestions he gives at the end of each chapter. I'm definitely going to try a few of them in the near future.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson

It took me long time to get through the first part of this book. I think it took me 3 days just to read the first chapter. The author spends a lot of time developing the characters and the background for the events of the story. A lot of time. The first 30 plus pages are about the economic and business world of Sweden which for me was really hard to get through. 

This is a very complex story which intertwines the lives of three different people who are brought together for a single purpose. Because of this there is a lot of time spent exploring the lives of those different people. It was almost like three stories in one which is probably why it took so long to develop the story.

I decided to stick with it because I keep hearing about this book and wanted to find out what it was all about. As I read through the first few chapters I started getting little glimpses into what the story was going to be about and those glimpses made me want to read more. By the time I got to chapter 7, I was completely hooked to the story and read with much more interest. I really wanted to know what happened to Harriet Vanger. 

It turned out to be a great crime drama and I really enjoyed how the story unfolded and the climax was great. But after the family mystery was finally solved, it felt like it took just as many chapters to wrap up all the other parts of the story. So I enjoyed the book but I wish it had moved a little faster. Despite that, I am definitely interested in reading the next book.

This story did contain some very sadistic people, who do terrible things to others. There are some pretty graphic rape scenes in this book and some strong language. So keep that in mind if you plan on reading this book. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Booking Through Thursday- Category


Of the books you own, what’s the biggest category/genre? Is this also the category that you actually read the most?

This was an easy question for me. Fantasy!

I adore all types of Fantasy books and have been reading them for as long as I can remember.

Not only are they the genre of book most likely to be found on my bookshelf but they are also the books that I can not bear to part with. I tend to go through my books to donate some to the Library every year but not my fantasy collection.

I have over 20 books just by David Eddings alone and I have owned those since I was in high school.

Come to think of it, maybe I need to read some of those books again, I'm sure it's been 10 years (or more) since I've read one.

Here's a post I did about my love of Fantasy back in February.

What is your favorite Genre?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Schwa was Here

The Schwa Was Here
by Neal Shusterman

"She had to feel she had a place in her own life, or else maybe she thought she'd disappear somehow, too." pg160

This is a great book about what it feels like to go unnoticed in the world or at least to feel unnoticed.
It took me a couple pages to really get into the flow of this book only because I had to get used to the way his thoughts flowed. I think this was mostly due to the fact that the narrator is a young teenage boy. But that was really just a reflection of the character so I ended up really liking the writing style. I found the way he told this story to be very amusing.

I was immediately interested in where his relationship with the Schwa was going and how it would effect his relationship with everyone else around him.

But this book ended up being so much more then that. There was so much depth to this book. It truly illustrated the many ways that people feel forgotten or lost in their own life. From feeling like a middle child, losing yourself to your family, living alone, having a handicap, to feeling abandoned. Neal Shusterman is able to explore all these different issues in a fun and interesting way. I really loved the way this book got me thinking.

Oh and I loved the Chapter titles and enjoyed reading about Antsy many different adventures.  

If you are looking for something different, heartfelt and humorous this is the book for you.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Official Trailer 2012 HD

Sorry if you are tired of my Hunger Game Posts but I am so excited for this movie.

Here is the first official Trailer. It looks amazing.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sarah's Quilt

Sarah's Quilt
By Nancy E. Turner

This is the sequel to These is My Words and continues the story of Sarah Prine. It is a little different from the first book because it all transpires over a 6 month period instead of 20 years. It is less like a diary and more like a story. 

I am so glad that I read this book right after the first one. I couldn't put this one down and I was happy that it ended on a more positive note. Don't get me wrong, there were still plenty of sad moments in this story. As I said in my previous post, I really love the character of Sarah Prine. I don't know if I would have been as strong and resilient as she was, if I lived in Arizona in 1906. I shed a few tears for her because life was so tough back then and the trials she faced were terrible.

I think that I was able to get into this story so much faster and finished it so much quicker was due to the fact that time frame was so much shorter. The story really capture my attention and I couldn't stop reading because I just had to see what happened next. It is one of those story where you can tell that there is more going on and you spend every page hoping this is the moment where they figure it out. (At least that is what I do.) 

I really enjoyed the love story from the first book and was afraid that I would miss that in this book, but I found so many more things to love about this book that I didn't miss it has much as I thought.

This is a great book. If you are planning on reading These is My Words, I would definitely read this book soon after. It is a great addition to her story.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Booking Through Thursday- E-Volution

BTT Question:

E-readers like the Kindle and iPad are sweeping the nation … do you have one? Do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don’t have one, do you plan to?

I have a Kindle and I love it.
It is great for traveling with because it is much lighter then carrying books around.

I used to get all my books from the Library. I don't like spending money on something I'm not sure I'm going to like. There were times I would buy a book if I knew I would like it or when my sister suggested a book. (We are twins and basically love all the same books.)

Now that I have a Kindle, I find that I am buying more books. They are so reasonably priced and I like having a book on my kindle. I want to be prepared for those moments when I want something new to read.

I still go to the library to find books but If I don't have time or can't find the book I am looking for I can always use my Kindle instead. Plus, now you can get E-books through the Library. I will have to try that soon!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

These is My Words

These is My Words
By Nancy E. Turner

This book is written in Diary format and follows a young girl as her family treks to Arizona and eventually settles there.

It took me a few chapters to really get into the story. I became much more interested once they settled in Arizona. 

I really like Sarah Prine. She is spunky, determined and a little naive. I liked that she knew how to use a gun and that she was such a strong woman. 

I have never read an historical fiction book about Pioneers in the Western Territories and it has made me realize just how difficult their lives were. She faced so many tough and often tragic circumstances. This book has reminded me just how lucky we are. I feel especially grateful for modern medicine.

I enjoyed reading this book but I have to admit that the ending made me a little sad. It just seemed like she was always facing yet another tragedy in her life. Which is probably true in the life of a pioneer but still depressing. I am glad that I have the second book to read now so that doesn't have to be the end of her story for me.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

This weeks Booking through Thursday Question:

All other thing being equal, would you rather read a book that’s hard/challenging/rewarding or light/enjoyable/easy?

I find hard/challenging books to be just as enjoyable and rewarding as reading light/easy books. What is going on in my life at the time really determines which type of book I choose to read.

For example, if I've worked a long day at work or am tired out from taking care of my kids all day, I need something light and easy to relax. I don't want something I have to think too hard about. I just want to escape into a good book. Also if I don't have a lot of time to read, a 30 minutes at lunch time or an hour before bedtime, then something light and easy if perfect. At this point in my life I often choose the easier books because taking care of my children requires so much of my time and energy.

 If I have more time to devote to reading then I will give something more challenging a try.  More challenging books are definitely easier for me to read if I don't have distractions around me. I am sure when my kid are in school and I have a little more free time for myself, I will be able to read those more challenging books more often. Right?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

TV Shows

There have been a few shows over the years that I have followed from beginning to end.  Shows that became a regular part of my weekly schedule and that I never stopped enjoying. 

Smallville was one of those shows and I sure am missing it this year. We have become big Smallville fans over the years. (I say we because My husband loved this show too.) 

It was such a great show and has been part of my TV routine for the past 10 years. I loved the way they ended the show and was so happy to finally see Clark Kent become Superman. But I still miss it.

I wonder if I will find a new show I love just has much. 

And while I'm on the subject of TV shows ending, Don't you hate it when a show you like gets cancel? 

I think it is especially disappointing when a show you enjoy gets cancelled after only one season or less. I always wonder if I was the only person who liked the show so much.

Here are a couple shows that I loved but only lasted a short time.

Firefly. I'm not sure if I can put into words just how great this show was and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. I can watch the episodes over and over. Of course there are only 14 so that doesn't take long. At least I can watch Nathan Fillion in Castle now. I think he is hilarious!

Tru Calling. I may be one of the few people who watched this show but I thought that the concept was fascinating. I loved it and was so disappointed when it was cancelled shortly into their second season.

So what shows do you miss the most?