Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter

We recently got a couple books that are great for wintertime. Well, I think they are great because they involve things that make me think of winter like Snow and Polar bears. ;-)




Froggy Gets Dressed
byJonathan London

These Froggy books sure are fun to read. This one is about Froggy wanting to go play in the snow, instead of going to bed. He keeps forgetting some of his clothes and has to go back inside to get dressed again. I thought this one was pretty funny and my boys enjoyed it too.

 
Who Has These Feet
by Laura Hulbert

I ordered this book on a whim because I thought it looked cute and I sure am glad I did. The pictures are beautiful and I thought it was fun to learn about different animal's feet. Really cute book. I can't wait to read this one with my boys more. The first time through the only feet they recognized were the parrot's. Next time maybe they will remember more!

Do you have any "winter" books you like to read to your kids?


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hero of Ages



The Hero of Ages
by Brandon Sanderson

This was a big book but well worth my time. It took me a couple weeks to finish it but only because these past few weeks have been so busy. (I love the Holidays but they sure do keep me busy!)

I really do think that Brandon Sanderson is an extraordinary writer. I was a little sad when this book ended. Partly because of some of the things that happen and partly because it meant this series was over. I really grew attached to these characters.

This was a great conclusion to this series. It kept me guessing what would happen and there was always some twist that surprised me. I did figure a couple things out and I did spend part of the book wondering when Vin was going to figure it out.

Maybe the most interesting part for me was the depiction of Sazed's struggle with his faith. The way he struggled with the idea that people could believe in something with out any proof or that people could believe in a higher power when such bad things were happening all around them was eye opening for me. It really helped me understand how hard it can be to believe in the unknown. Being a religious person, I know that there are times when our faith is tested. When we question how or what we believe in and I thought Brandon Sanderson did a wonderful job of portraying that struggle.

I also liked how he showed that the sometimes there can be a fine line between doing the right thing or the wrong thing. How many times do people claim they are doing something in the name of good but are really hurting more people then they are helping? What is ok to sacrifice for the "greater" good?

This book has so much good in it. It is thought provoking, it's characters have such depth, their emotions feel so real, the world is fascinating. I could go on and on. Loved this series!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Serpents Shadow


The Serpents Shadow
by Rick Riordan

This is the third book in the Kane Chronicles. These continue to be really fun reads. I really enjoy the interactions between the different characters. This story is fast moving and full of action. I really liked how he wrapped up this Trilogy.

I did wonder about halfway through why Carter and Sadie (the brother and Sister who tell the story) didn't realize what was happening to their friends because it seemed fairly obvious to me. But of course they were busy trying to save the world.

On other comment. The teasing that went on between the siblings didn't seem really neccesary. It was almost like they continued because that was how their relationship had began, but they didn't really mean any of it anymore. Maybe that was the point?

Anyway, this series is fun and I'm glad a read it. I think that my boys will like these books when they get older. My husband sure does.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Well of Ascension



The Well of Ascension
By Brandon Sanderson

This was the second book in the Mistborn Series. I loved this book just as much as the first. I couldn't put it down, but it did take me a while to read because it was so long. These are the times that I wish my kids were better at entertaining themselves, so that I could have a little more time to read the books I want to read. ; )

This really is the type of fantasy writing that I love. His characters just come alive for me. Their emotions and reactions feel so natural. Unlike some books I've read, I never found myself annoyed with the main character because she couldn't figure out who she was meant to be. I completely understood why she was so confused and it didn't bother me that the right answer seemed obvious to me. I think that is a sign of a truly great writer.

There are so many characters I love in this story and they are all so different from each other. I thought that the story was interesting and did a great job of continuing were the last book left off. I have so many questions from the first book about the Mist and about the Hero of Ages and I feel like these questions are starting to be answered.

I cant wait to read more about these characters and find out how this Trilogy ends.

(Terri- Remind me to bring that book the next time I come to visit, so you can read it... I'm pretty sure you would love this series too.)