Friday, June 27, 2014

Austenland

I had a great time at book club this month. Even though I had read the book before, I knew I needed to read it again. It must have been quite a few years since I last read it since I have never posted about it on the blog.


Austenland
by Shannon Hale

I enjoyed this story just as much as I remember enjoying it, when I read it before. It follows the story of a single women, who is obsessed with Jane Austen, in particular the BBC Version of Pride and Prejudice. She feels like she may end up single forever, when an Aunt discovers her obsession and sends her on a vacation to live in the world of Jane Austen. It was a cute story and being a fan of Jane Austen, I thought it was a fun idea. Wouldn't it be fun to relive a favorite book in person? If you could go on Vacation to any book themed resort where would you go?

It was a quick read and kept me entertained the entire time.  I like how she included the history of her past boyfriends through out the book. It really helped me understand better what Jane was feeling and why her relationships in the past never worked out. The story definitely got us all thinking about the fine line between not settling for someone and not raising your exceptions so high you never meet "Mr. Right."




Next Months book is...



The Message
by lance Richardson

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Scarlet


Scarlet
by Marissa Meyer

The second book in The Lunar Chronicles was another fun read. This book is based on the Red Riding Hood Fairy Tale. I loved how she was able to take such a well known Fairy tale and use it to tell a completely new and interesting story.

I do have to say that there were parts where I wanted to yell at Scarlet not to trust Wolf, because I was convinced that the story would end up following the original tale and that Wold would end up being the bad guy. I won't tell you if my instinct was right or wrong. ;)

I thought it was great how she was able to bring in a second fairy tale, while still continuing the story from Cinder. I'm excited to see what she does in the next two books.

I'm really enjoying this Sci Fi series!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Game of Thrones


A Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin

My husband has been trying to get me to read this series for quite some time now. I finally got around to reading the first book. It took me a little while to really get into the story but I found myself really enjoying this book. It took me a while to get through this book. Not only is it long but there is a lot going on in the books. Plus you have to keep track of a lot of different characters, in different parts of the world. I found it interesting because there were characters that I hated and characters I was really rooting for their success. What I think makes this book so entertaining is all the intrigue and strategy that the various characters use to try to get closer to the Throne. Of course the book ends with lots of unanswered questions and an even bigger war in the making.

This was definitely an adult book, with plenty of violence (i.e. beheadings, etc.) and many sexual references and scenes. So if those things make you uncomfortable this is not the book for you. I can't imagine watching the TV show because I don't really like watching that much gore or nudity.





Monday, June 9, 2014

Princess Academy; Palace of Stone



I read the first book quite a few years ago and I remembered really liking it, so I decided I wanted to read the sequel. I have to admit that it took a while for this book to catch my attention. I really struggled getting into the story for the first half of the book. Maybe if I had read the Princess Academy more recently, I would have remembered the characters better and been more involved in the story from the beginning?

I did end up enjoying the story and found myself really caring what happened to everyone. I even got a little teary eyed during part of the story. I really liked the plot and thought it  ended well. Overall I thought this was a fun read.