Thursday, March 19, 2015

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude
by Kevin O'Malley, Carol Heyer, and Scott Goto

My son brought home this book from the Library yesterday and at first glance I thought it looked kind if strange. Then I read it and discovered a delightfully, fun book. I loved reading this story and my boys that it was hysterical. In the book, two different people try to tell a fairy tale, a girl and a boy. I loved the different perspectives. I changed the way a read it based on who was telling the story and it made for a really entertaining read. Seriously, we laughed the entire way through this book. Really fun! If you haven't given this story a try yet, you should. I promise your kids will love it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The One

The One
by Keira Cass

Anyone else think this cover is gorgeous?

I really enjoyed the last book in the Selection series. It was such a quick, fun read. I can really use those kind of books right now. With three kids, I'm finding it difficult to find the time to read so anything that only takes me a couple of days to get through is great.

This final book really cleared up any confusion I had about who America should end up with. After reading it I'm not sure why I ever wavered in the first place. It seems so obvious now who she was destined to fall in love with.

My one complaint would be that the ending was a little too abrupt. It seemed to get really exciting in the last chapter or two. I remember think that there didn't seem to be enough pages left to read for the story to be able to wrap up satisfactorily. While I actually liked the way it ended, I do wish we could have learned more about the rebellion and find out if the events of the last chapter truly made a difference in their Country.

I did learn that there is a fourth book, which is set 20 years in the future. Maybe it will answer any questions I had about the future of the characters and their country? I guess I will have to read it to find out.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


by Neal Shusterman

 I didn't realize that the last two books in this series were available until a couple months ago. I immediately moved them up on my  To Be Read list. This is such a unique and interesting series and I was excited to see how it ended.

It has been quite some time since I read the first two books and I thought I may need to reread them so all the characters and events would be fresh in my mind. I read a little synopsis on line and ended up being able to get right back into the store, with out any problems.

I really like this series. The first two books Unwind and Unwholly were so thought provoking and this one was just as good. I really like how he includes real news articles through out the book that showcase just how a world like this could be possible. It seems so terrible that people would allow children to be unwound (killed) as an answer to problems but these articles truly showcase how that kind of thinking can work it's way into our society.

Now I need to request book 4 so I can find out what happens to everyone!

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Elite

Having three kids has made it difficult to keep this blog up to date. I always feel like I am at least a week or more behind in posting the books I've read.

This one I finished over a week ago.

The Elite
by Kiera Cass

This is book 2 in the Selection series. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first book. It was a quick, fun read. Really just what I need with my busy schedule and house full of kiddos!

I feel like she has done a good job of keeping me guessing about what is really going on and what is going to happen next. I still haven't decided who I think America should end up with. Usually I have a very clear side I am on in these books with love triangles but I keep changing my mind as the story progresses. It's not like Twilight, where I was always team Edward or The Hunger games, where I rooted for Peta the entire time.

I'm excited to read the rest of the series so I can find out how it all turns out.

Monday, March 2, 2015


We decided to continue with our book club this year. We weren't organized enough to have a book for January but we did manage to meet and pick out all the books for this coming year.

The book for February was

by Orson Scott Card

It was really interesting to read someones take on what life may have been like for Sarah and Abraham. The Bible verse are pretty brief and only give you a small glimpse into their life.

This was a slow starter for me. It took me forever to get through it. There were parts I really enjoyed and liked the perspective he gave the story. There were other parts I didn't care for as much. I almost stopped reading after the first chapter because it bothered me that Abram at age 20 was telling a ten year old girl how beautiful she was and that he was going to marry her. It bothered me that she was talking about how she loved him. Now maybe back in the day it was normal for people to start thinking about marriage that young but in the book she is portrayed as a ten year old. For me that is way to young. If anyone in their 20s looks at my daughter when she is ten and tells her how beautiful she is and that he plans to marry her I would think there was something very wrong with them!

 I am glad I kept reading. The rest of the story was much more believable. I really liked the part when they were in Egypt and had to pretend she was his sister. The scriptures don't explain much about that and I liked the way it was explained in the book. I know this is a fictional story but sometimes it is nice to take what life may have been like to help understand the scriptures a little better.