Monday, December 23, 2013

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
 by Charles Dickens

The other evening A Christmas Carol, staring Patrick Stewart, was on TV and while I was watching it I realized I had never actually read the book.

I decided it would be the perfect book for me to read right before Christmas. Good thing that you can find most Classic novels for free in the Kindle store.

After reading David Copperfield, I was pleasantly surprised that it was not a very long story. I downloaded it that night and finished it a couple nights later.

The movie followed the book, almost word for word, so it was interesting to read it right after watching the movie. I kept picturing Patrick Stewart saying the lines the entire time I read it.

It is a great story and despite the classic style of writing, not to difficult to get through.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Midnight in Austenland

Midnight in Austenland
by Shannon Hale

I was browsing through The Compass Book Ratings Website , looking for some ideas for a book club I'm starting with some friends, and I came across some new books by Shannon Hale. It has been quite some time since I've read anything by her but I always enjoy her books so I was excited to find something new to read.

There were a couple different choices and this is the one that caught my attention first. Although I don't remember the First Austenland book, I do remember that I enjoyed reading it. The movie is also on my to watch list... some day.

It only took me a couple sentences to remember why I like Shannon Hale's books so much. I find her style of writing to be so engaging. I was hooked immediately to the story and couldn't put it down the entire time. This was such a fun read. It had modern relationship issues mixed with mystery, intrigue. This was a story about what it means to be true Jane Austen type of Heroine.

Thursday, December 19, 2013


by Maggie Stiefvater

I finally finished reading the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. This was by far my favorite book in this series. I would normal say that the first book in a series is always my favorite, but I enjoyed this book much more then the first two.

Not that I didn't like the first two, this one just kept my interested better. I got through this book much faster then the others. I really think that was because the story moved along at a much faster pace. I really wanted to know how it would turn out and if the wolves could be saved.

I was really happy with how she wrapped up their story. It felt like the perfect way to end this series. I love it when a series ends so well. It makes it worth getting through the whole thing.

Monday, December 9, 2013


By Kathy Reichs

I haven't read one of Kathy Reichs' books in a long time but I always enjoy her writing. This is her second young adult book; the sequel to Virals.

It has been quite some time since I read the first book, I don't remember much of the story but that didn't keep me from enjoying this book. She did a good job of bringing me up to speed within the firsts few pages. It also helped that the story was unique enough that even with out any of the history from the first book anyone could follow along and enjoy this story.

I really enjoy mysteries where the characters try to follow clues and solve puzzles and this book was exactly that. In this story they are trying to discover where a legendary pirate treasure is buried. Pirates are always fascinating to me and it was fun to follow along on their search. Once again, a well written and entertaining book. Kathy Reich is definitely one of my favorite Mystery writers.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Tis the Season

The Library had an entire section devoted to Holiday books. Ones about Christmas, Hanukkah, and even Kwanzaa. I love finding new Christmas books to read my boys so we checked out a few to take home.
Here are our favorites:

by Niamh Sharkey

If your kids are into Dinosaurs, this is a cute book about a dinosaur whose Christmas wish is to ride in Santasaurus' sleigh.

Santa Knows
by Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith

This funny story is about a boy who tries to convince his sister and everyone around that Santa isn't real. His sister refuses to believe him and asks Santa for a nicer brother. Will he change his mind and will his sister get his wish?

Just Right for Christmas
by Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw

I loved this story about gift giving. It starts with a perfect piece of red fabric which is used by different creatures to make the perfect gift for loved ones. The perfect story about the joy giving to others.

A Merry Little Christmas; Celebrate from A to Z
by Mary Engelbreit

I always love this author's pictures and this story is no exception. A cute Alphabet book all about Christmas.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Clockwork Princess

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We didn't do any traveling this year but my parents came to visit for a week. We had a great time with them exploring the city. On top of that I have been busy preparing for the Holidays; planning our activities and trying to get all the shopping done early. I was somewhat successful in my goal and even managed to finish a book while I was at it.

Clockwork Princess
By Cassandra Clare

This is the third book in the Infernal Devices Series, which is the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.

I thought she did a nice job of wrapping this story up. I like when stories neatly explain what happens to everyone and she does just that in this book. I especially liked the last chapter which brings the story back into Modern times, the same time frame as the Mortal Instruments. It made me want to reread that series.

There are definitely some connections to The Mortal Instrument series made in this book. I wish I had read that series more recently so I could have caught on to them sooner. I thought it was very interesting to find out the history of their families.

I really enjoyed this series.