Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Linger


Linger
by Maggie Stiefvater

I read the first book in this series, Shiver, about 3 years ago. I remembered thinking it was interesting so when I came across this book at the Library I decided to take it home. This book continues the story of Sam, Grace and the Werewolves of Mercy Falls.

It has been so long since I read the last book that I had a hard time remembering everything that happened in that book. This made it a little difficult to understand the characters because they kept referencing things in the past. These references were pretty vague so they often did nothing to jog my memory. I am sure I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it sooner after I finished the first book.

Like Shiver, it took me a while to get through this book. It moved rather slowly and it didn't feel like much happened in this book. Most of it seemed to be devoted to introducing one of the new pack members, Cole. About who he was and why he wanted to be a wolf.

That being said, I really liked the ending and I am interested in finding out what happens next. If I read the third book relatively soon, maybe I will enjoy it more then this book.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kids Books

This week we discovered a lot of fun books at the Library. I would say it was a successful trip!


Meow Said The Cow
by Emma Dodd

This book made my boys laugh every time we read it. It is about a cat who doesn't want the rooster to wake him up, so he casts spells to change which noises all the animals make. Cute pictures and fun story.


The Pirates Next Door
by Jonny Duddle

My boys loved this fun story about Pirates who move into town, while their ship is being repaired. The pictures are great. It was fun picking out all the pirate things on each page. The story was cute too.


Skeleton Cat
by Kristyn Crow

This would have been a perfect book to read for Halloween. It was still fun to read, even though we are half way through November... I swear now that I have kids time just seems to fly by! This fun story is about a Skeleton cat who wants to be a drummer in a band. Cute pics and story.

 
Stega Nona
by Tomie dePaola

I remember this book from when I was a kid, about a magical Pasta Pot that won't stop making spaghetti. My boys liked it, especially the ending.

 
The Knight and the Dragon
by Tomie dePaola

This was a fun picture book about a knight who had never fought a dragon and a dragon who had never fought a knight. It is mostly just pictures but my boys really liked looking through this book.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Book Thief


The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

I kept hearing about this book but never really knew what it was about until I saw a preview for the movie. I was hesitant to read another book about Nazi Germany after my experience reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a book that I did not like at all. I happened across The Book Thief while browsing the shelves at the Library and decided to go ahead and give it a try.

I am so glad I did! This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. I loved his style of writing and the way he used his words to really paint a picture of what life for one little girl might have been like in Nazis Germany. Words are so important for this little girl, so it seems very appropriate that  he used words so eloquently to create such a touching story.

I think that Death was the perfect narrator for this story and made for a very interesting perspective of war. I knew it was going to have very sad parts, like all stories set during that time, but I like that the author prepares you for those parts long before they happen. I still cried, a lot, but it didn't feel quite so traumatic when I knew it was coming.

I couldn't put this story down and if you haven't read it yet you should. This is definitely one of the best books I've read about Nazis Germany and the Holocaust. I can't say enough good things about this book. Read it!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Insurgent


Insurgent
by Veronica Roth

I was finally able to pick this book from the Library yesterday. There was a long wait list for it. I guess I wasn't the only person wanting to read it.

I finished 400 pages yesterday. I finished the last 125 pages today. I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen. It was one of those stories where there is something bigger going on but the characters just haven't figured it out yet.  I spent the entire book trying to guess what it is, knowing that I probably won't find until the very end.

Like the first book in this series, I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing, which is always a good thing, and the story line was riveting. Seriously, I couldn't put it down!

I will admit that at the very end, when the big secret is finally revealed, I didn't understand why so much blood had been shed to hid it.  Honestly, I wasn't sure why it was so dangerous or why the Erudites were so desperate to keep it secret. Any one else read this book and have thoughts on that? Maybe the third book will make that clear for me...

I am loving this series so far. Now I just have to find a way to get my hands on the third book, which just came out and probably has an extra long hold list at the Library!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

This Lullaby


This Lullaby
by Sarah Dessen

This summer I got several of Sarah Dessen's books from the Library for free and I have been slowly working my way through them. This is the last one in my stack. I think this is my least favorite of her books I have read. Along for the Ride is still my favorite.

I really do like her style of writting. Her books are easy to read and the characters are always well written. even if I have nothing in common with them I can alway understand  how they are feeling and why they do the things they do.

The reason why this wasn't my favorite was all the drinking, swearing and references to sex through out this book. Being a book about teenagers, I didn't like that it seemed like every chapter there was some kind of alcohol involved. Not only that but the adults didn't seem to care and even helped provide it at times. I realize that this happens a lot in High School, even if that wasn't my experience, but it bothers me when books for teenagers seem to glorify bad behavior.

However, I will admit that her drinking at such a young age does have a lot to do with the person she had become in the book. She gets drunk at a party where a boy takes advantage of her. Her reaction to that event is to get drunk more and sleep with more boys. She becomes very cynical, not believing in love. So for that reason, I can understand how the behaviors I think are bad, were a major part of her character development. So maybe I shouldn't be so bothered by it?

Hmmm... I guess I'm a little conflicted about this book.