Monday, September 30, 2013

Divergent


Divergent
by Veronica Roth

 I like all kinds of books. I will read just about anything and I really have to dislike something about the book to give it a bad review. But every once in awhile I come across a book that truly catches me imagination. That I devour each page and can't wait to read more, when I have other things I need to attend to. ( luckily for my children this doesn't happen that often.) This was definitely one of those books. I loved it.

I couldn't stop reading and it only took me a day and a half to finish it even though it was almost 500 pages long. It reminded me of the first time I read The Hunger Games or Uglies. This is another dystopian novels so if you don't like that genre this book isn't for you. I like them because along with being entertaining, I find them thought provoking. I also like that there is always at least a little Sci Fi involved.

I found this world fascinating. Each faction had decided that a certain aspect of human nature or lack there of was the cause of violence and war. They chose to cling to that one aspect, whether that was honesty, bravery, kindness, selflessness, or knowledge. When you are sixteen you choose which faction you want to follow. As with all Dystopian stories, this seemingly perfect system is flawed and their world is not as peaceful as their leaders want them to believe.

I  can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Calling on Dragons


Calling on Dragons
by Patricia C. Wrede

This was the third book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. This book us written from the perspective of Cimerone's witch friend, Morwen. I enjoyed this story and liked the way her cats were included in the telling of the story. Although I thought this was an interesting tale, this book didn't keep my attention as well as the first two books. It took me a lot longer to read it and I just wasn't as into it. I'm not sure if it was because the narrator was some one different or I just didn't like the story as much. Even though I didn't like it as much I still thought it was a good book and I plan on reading the last one in the series.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Berenstain Bears

We enjoyed reading the Berenstain Bears books so much the other week we checked out a couple more  at our last trip to the Library. I love how these books always have some kind of message or lesson. My boys like reading them and it teaches them some important life lessons at the same time. Perfect!




No Girls Allowed
by Stan and Jan Berenstain

My boys haven't had issues yet with not wanting to include each other when they play with their friends but this would be a great story if you had siblings struggling with that.


The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
by Stan and Jan Berenstain

I was happy to find this one because we have been talking a lot about safety and strangers with the boys recently. This was the perfect story to illustrate what I was trying to explain.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Books for my Boys

We brought home some fun books from the Library this week.


If You Take a Mouse to School
by Laura Numeroff

Ever since my oldest started Kindergarten we have had school on the brain. Each week we try to find a school story to bring home. This is a fun one we found in the If you give a Mouse a Cookie genre.



Clever Chameleon
By Ali Lodge

This fun book is perfect for younger kids you like to find things in books. In this book the animals are playing hide and seek. My kids loved looking for the Chameleon on each page.


 
There was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog
by Jennifer Ward

I always find these types of stories kind of strange but the boys thought it was hilarious. Imagine There was an Old Lady who swallowed a fly, but with Jungle animals.



The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf
by Mark Teague

I loved the pictures in this book and his unique take on the original story. Maybe the wolf isn't such a bad guy after all! This was definitely a fun one to read to my boys.


Madeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans

Just like his other book, I love the pictures in this book and even the boys like to read this story. Although I like Madeline's Rescue better.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Searching for Dragons


Searching for Dragons
by Patricia C. Wrede

This is the second book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and I had as much fun reading it as the first book. I continued to enjoy the varies reference to popular fairy tales like Jack and the Bean stock and Rumplestiltskin. It was comical, amusing and even had a little romance. The perfect combination for a quick, fun read. This book followed the King of the Enchanted Forest as he helps Princess Cimorene search for the King of the Dragons. He is the perfect match for a princess who refuses to be proper since he doesn't like to do all the formal things a king is supposed to do and doesn't want to end up marrying just another silly princess. So far I am really liking this series. I can't wait to read the next one.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I'd Tell You I love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You


I'd Tell You I love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
By Ally Carter

I finally got around to reading the first book in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter (the author of the Heist Society novels that I like so much). I knew after reading book 5 in this series that I wanted to go back and start from the beginning.

This was a fun read and it was nice to learn more about the girls that I read about in Out of Sight, Out of Mind. This book focused on them at school, learning to be spies and trying to be normal at the same time. I liked the way it was written and thought it was funny how they treated meeting a boy like a covert mission. I did like the fifth book better, only because there were real covert missions and less sneaking around to meet boys. I guess I'm a little too old to really be into that anymore. ;-)  But overall it was a fun book and I plan to read the next one.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Safe Haven



My husband and I watched this movie the other night and I was surprised how much I liked it. Surprised because I've been on kind of a Nicholas Sparks sabbatical after reading Message in a Bottle and hating the ending. After that book I decided I didn't need to read his books anymore if they were all going to be so depressing. But the previews for this movie peaked my interest so I decided to give it a try. I prepared myself for what ever sad part was going to make me cry and I did but that wasn't such a bad thing.  I actually really liked the ending, even if it did make me cry... a lot. I may even give the book a try. This movie reminded me that even though there are sad parts in his books, not all of them end with heartache and some of them are even really sweet. Like this One.

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Wrinkle in Time


A Wrinkle in Time 
by Madeleine L'Engle

I can't remember when I first read this book but I'm pretty sure this is the first Sci Fi book I ever read. I found my original copy while sorting through my collection of books during our move. I was trying to decide which books to keep and which ones to find a new home for. I had a lot of books and I just couldn't bring them all with me. This one made the keep pile because I had such fond memories of it!

It has been so long since I last read this story, I decided it was time to read it again. I think that I appreciated the story even more now that I'm a little older and a little wiser (I hope).  I don't remember the religious undertones that last time I read (but that was years ago...) but there were a lot of religious references through out this book. The kids face and evil being that wants to take away everyones free agency, claiming that if everyones decisions where already made for them they could never be unhappy. Sound familiar to anyone else? I thought that the battle between good and evil, that takes place with in  the pages of this book, is really symbolic of our personal battle between what is right and the temptations Satan throws at us.

Even though there was a lot of religious references through out the story, I also though this was a fantastic Sci Fi story. This is an intriguing story about three kids, each special in their own way, who travel through wrinkles in time to different planets to fight evil. I never understood physics very well so it was hard for me to follow the explanation of the fifth dimension and tesseracts (wrinkles in time) but I still found the entire concept fascinating. I loved the different "creatures" or people they met during their adventure and I'm sure that there are even more religious comparisons that can be made there.

I enjoyed rereading this story from my childhood. Are there any books from your childhood you long to read again?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Reading

One of my goals as a parent is to instill the love of reading in my children. 

 A bedtime story


I hope this is a sign that my efforts are finding success... At least at this stage of his life:


Who needs a bed full of stuffed animals, when you can fill it with books instead?!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan



I read this book a couple years ago. My review Here and I really wanted to see the movie after reading the book. I finally got around to it this week.

I thought the movie was well done but it just can't capture all the important details that where in the book. But how could you; there is just so much about Snow Flower and Lily's relationship that there just isn't enough time in a movie to truly cover it all.

That being said I still found the story really touching and thought it was beautifully filmed.