Friday, December 28, 2012

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

I had seen this movie and wanted to read the book so when I found it at a garage sale a few months ago, I decided to snatch it up.

I really liked the concept of this book. The whole idea of him having a genetic disorder which causes him to time travel was fascinating. I liked how the story was told from both of their perspectives and I even liked how it jumped between different time periods. It was interesting to see how it all fit together.

What I didn't like about this book was that it was a little to long and drawn out, especially for the way it ended. (Or maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a sad story.) There was also a lot of sex, drugs, drinking and language in this book. I realize much of it was him trying to deal with his time traveling, but it was just too much for my taste.

I think I may have liked the movie better... Anyone else ever like a movie better then the book?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Skippyjon Jones

Skippyjon Jones
by Judy Schachner

My son got this book from Santa at his class party. I must say that Santa knows how to pick out a good book.

We had a great time reading this book. What's not to love about a Siamese cat who imagines he is a chihuahua?!  I loved reading this book to my kids because the story was fun and I got to use funny accents while I was reading it.

It actually has a little more writing then my kids can normally handle but they didn't seem to mind. I think they liked it as much as I did.

I loved the pictures, too.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Hobbit

We went and saw the Hobbit last night and we loved it.

My favorite Quote from the movie:

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love." Gandalf the Grey

Isn't this the truth! I truly believe the world would be a better place if we all lived our lives with this in mind.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett

I was finally able to check this e-book out from the Library again so I could finish it. You may remember that I started reading it a couple months ago but was unable to finish in the time allotted.

I have never read historical fiction based in Medieval Times before and I found the story, characters, and era to be fascinating. Ken Follett does an amazing job of painting a picture into the world of Knights, Serfs, Craftsman and the Catholic Church. It was so interesting to see how the decisions of a few powerful men could effect an entire nation of people.

The book follows the story of a Prior of a Monastery, a Master builder and his family, A noblewomen, and an evil local Gentry who wants the local Earldom. It spans a period of nearly 40 years and creates a vivid picture of what it would have been like to build of a Cathedral during a time of uncertainty and civil war.

Even though this book was very long,  I really never grew bored of it. At one point I did get frustrated that the main antagonist continued to spread destruction and pain, but really it showed how one evil man could cause such affliction. He was a brutal, evil man and at times I found it hard to read about him, especially when it was being narrated by him. I would find myself dreading what was coming next when ever I saw his name appear at the beginning of a chapter.

There were a couple graphic rape scenes and a lot of very descriptive sexual references. I would not recommend this book to anyone who does not want those type of scenes ingrained in their mind. It was too much for my taste and I could have done with a little less descriptions and references.

I saw that there is a Miniseries based on this book and I admit that my interest has been peaked.

I think that this story could be a very interesting movie but I am undecided wether it would be worth watching. Has anyone seen this series? Do they stay true to the book? Do the actors portray the characters the way I envision them? Plus, I worry that it may be too graphic for my taste, with too much sex and violence. Should I give it a try?

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Littlest Elf

The Littlest Elf
by Brandi Dougherty

We are doing an activity Advent Calendar in our home this year and  on several of the days our activity is to read a Christmas book.

Today was our first day to read a Christmas story. I ordered this book a few weeks ago because it looked cute and it arrived just in time for our activity.

It is about a young elf who is trying to figure  out what job at the North Pole he would do the best. The story is cute and the pictures are too.