Friday, December 30, 2011

The Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2: The Sea of Monsters
by Rick Riordan

Yeah, for a fun, easy read. I really need that this week. I have been working crazy hours at work and have been just too tired to do much of anything else. You know it's bad when your kids start asking you why you have to work so much. :-(

Anyway, less about me and more about the book. I really loved this book. I think I might like it even better then the first. My husband tells me the third is even better. I can't wait to read it.

What did I like about this book besides the fact that it was a quick, fun read? Well, it had a great plot with lots of action. Percy learned some new things about himself and his abilities. I love seeing characters grow and change because that's what life is like. We face challenges or trials and we grow from them. Finally, there were also some fun new characters and monsters. I especially loved Tyson. He was just so big and lovable. Plus he was great to have around when things started going amiss. 

So far I am really enjoying this series. I think I am going to go read book 3 right now!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Touch Not the Cat

Touch Not the Cat
by Mary Stewart

I recently answered a question asking me to choose between Mystery or Romance and I mentioned that many good Mysteries contained love stories. Well, this is a perfect example of that combination.

This story takes place in England, where a young women returns home following the death of her father. This is some mystery around the circumstances of his death and when she returns home she discovers that there is a family secret her father wanted her to uncover. She can also communicate telepathically with the person she is in love with but she doesn't know who this person is. Thus the love story with in a mystery.

Although it took me a while to read this story, I still enjoyed it. The story definitely moved a little slower then I normally like but I was immediately intrigued by the note left to her by her father. I wanted to find out what this hidden family secret was. The great thing about this mystery was that I was actually surprised when the truth was discovered. I often have some inclining of what the secret might be but not this time. 

I also liked the little excerpts at the end of each chapter that gave the reader a little glimpse into the family's past. They definitely helped keep my intrigued.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Library Time

Life has been very busy recently. I haven't taken my kids to the library in weeks. My oldest has been asking to go the last couple of days so today we finally found time to go. We checked out a couple of our favorites from previous visits and we found some fun new ones.

Here they are:

 The Wonderful House
by Margaret Wise Brown's

This was a cute book that explores the homes of many different creatures. 

 Where's My Teddy
by Jez Albourough

This was an adorable book about a Teddy bear mix-up. 

 I Love You, Blue Kangaroo
by Emma Chichester Clark

This book, about a Kangaroo who feels forgotten, was a fun read. It was colorful and had a great story.

Little Gorilla
by Ruth Bornstein

I really loved this book about a baby gorilla who everyone loves even after he grows bigger. What a great message for little kids that we will always love them even when they grow up into big kids!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Jane

In honor Jane Austen's Birthday (Dec 16, 1775), I thought it would be nice to tell what our favorite Jane Austin story is.

I love all her books but my favorite is Persuasion.  You can read my thoughts on it here.

So, What is your favorite Story?  I'd love to hear which ones other people love!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Booking Through Thursday- Mystery or Love Story

This weeks BTT Question:

All things being equal, which would you prefer–a mystery? Or a love story?

I like a good love story but I really love books that are filled with suspense and mystery. I definitely prefer stories that make me think and keep me guessing what will happen next.

Plus some of the best Mysteries involve a love story. Jane Eyre comes to mind.  A mysterious woman wondering the halls, secrets keep from the outside world and one of the best love stories out there!