Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Judge and Jury

Judge & Jury
by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

I will admit that sometimes I judge a book by its cover and I'm guilty of that for this book. I see a lot of James Patterson books around. At garage sales, at the grocery story, at Target... the list goes on and on. I know that he must be a very popular writer but for some reason I have never tried one of his books before. Honestly, there have only been a few mystery/ thriller writers that I have enjoyed so I don't often seek new ones out. They are just not my go to type of novel.

A friend gave it to me to read and it has been sitting at my house for quite sometime.  I finally got around to reading it and  I found this story to be gripping. From the first page all the way to the last page, I was completely caught up in the story. I found his characters to be interesting and the story moved at a good pace. Stories are always so much better when you really care about the characters and what happens to them.  I couple times I thought to myself that this would make a great movie.

There was a lot of violence in this story. The villain is an evil mob boss, who does some really terrible things. At moments it was heart wrenching to read what was happening. Those are the moments I had to remind myself it was just a story. 

There were a few sexual encounters that were too graphic for my taste, which always ruins the book a little bit for me. It is just so unnecessary and really adds nothing to the story. 

This was a great thriller and I can see why he is such a popular writer.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Things that make me Happy

Here is my random thought for the night:

It is 11:15 at night and my husband is in the other room reading "one more" chapter in Percy Jackson. For some reason this makes me happy.

Why? Because he is not a reader. Not that he has never read books before, but he just doesn't have the same passion for reading and books that I do. 

I have never seen him read a series of books this often or this quickly. I love it!

This is why I love books like this. The kind of books that get an entire new group of people interested in reading, maybe even some who didn't like reading before. 

It makes me even happier that my boys see their dad reading a book and enjoying it. What a great example for them. ♥

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Last Olympian

Percy Jackson & The Olympians, book 5: The Last Olympian
By Rick Riordan

Wow, what a great ending to this series. I think I finished it quicker then the first four books, partly due to the fact that it is filled with no stop action and partly because I was dying to know how it all turned out. 

The first four books were filled with fascinating characters and exhilarating adventures, which all culminated in this final battle for Olympus (hope that isn't giving too much away!) I couldn't stop reading. I wondered, along with Percy, how the prophecy would play out and I was not disappointed. 

I loved this Series and I highly recommend it. There was even a small mention of things to come and now I want to start the next series. Hmmm... I really should read some other things so I have more of variety to post on my blog but it is very tempting. Has anyone read them? Are they as good as this series?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Book Blogger Hop

Trying something new this month. Here is a Link to a Monthly Book Blogger Hop. A great place to find new book blogs to read. I'm always looking for new book suggestions so I thought this could be fun.

Book Blogger Hop

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Book 4: The Battle of the Labyrinth
by Rick Riordan

I know that my post have been sporadic and short recently but life has been busy (maybe even a little overwhelming) and so blogging and reading haven't been high on my to do list.

This series has been great. When I finally find myself with a little me time, I can pick up one of these books and escape into a world of fantasy and adventure. I love it. They are the perfect books for my busy schedule right now.

Just like the last 3 books, I really enjoyed reading this one. I think that the author, Rick Riordan, has done an amazing job of developing a story that keeps me interested and excited for more. I like how the story and the characters evolve from book to book. The twist and turns keep me intrigued. I'm never disappointed with the way things turn out. Sad yes, surprise sometimes, but never disappointed.

I can't wait to see how this series ends. How will they stop the evil they are facing and what will Percy's fate be? 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles
by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

This collection of five stories is an entertaining tale that follows the happenings of three siblings after they move into their great Aunt Lucinda's old home. They soon discover that they are not alone in the house and their lives are changed forever.

I throughly enjoyed these five books. They are very quick, fun reads. Each book contains seven short chapters and all have great illustrations to go along with the story. I loved following along as the children discovered the secrets of the house and meet different magical creatures. I think I may have discovered a new set of books to look forward to reading to my children when they are a little bit older.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Titan's Curse

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3: The Titan's Curse
by Rick Riordan

I enjoyed this book just as much as the last one. There were new characters, new dangers and lots of new adventures. I really love that these stories are filled with ancient greek mythology. 

It makes me want to learn more and read more about the Heroes and Monsters of greek mythology. Because I'll be honest, I don't remember a lot of what I learned in school. Plus, I think that we really only talked about a very small number of them. As I'm reading, I sometimes wish I knew the stories better but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the book.

I think Percy is a great character and I love reading about his quests. There are a couple things that happen along the way in this book that I am sure will become important for the next book. I can not wait to read it!