Q&A by: Vikas Swarup

17 Oct

This is the book for the “Slumdog Millionaire” movie. It is very well written, but I have to be honest…I only read half. It is very graphic and just too hard for me right now. I will get back to it maybe in the summer when I don’t work with little kids everyday and need to read positive happy stories that don’t give me nightmares.

Rating: N/A

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by: JK Rowling

17 Oct

As some of you already know I LOVE Harry! I had not read the Hallows since it first came out,so because the movie will be out in November, I had to re-read in order to prepare. Also last week I got really sick and all I can say is that any story that can make pneumonia bearable…

Rating:*****

One Day by David Nicholls

17 Oct

A love story that spans 20 years.It is the story of playboy Dexter and self conscious and artsy Emma. The only part that kind of ruined the story for me  was (spoiler alert) was when Dexter gets drunk while babysitting his infant daughter….I know judgy judgy… but this is my blog and well he pissed me off.

Rating:***

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

19 Sep

So So So Good! If you need to take a break from your life for a bit, this is the book for you.  It is essentially the story of an old man recounting his life working as a vet for the “Benzini Bros. Most Spectacular Show on Earth” The story takes place during the height of the depression, Jacob Jankowski hops aboard a passing train, inadvertently “running away with the circus”. I read this book in 3 days and I kept trying to put it down to pace myself it was that good.  The book also has old photographs at the beginning of each chapter  from the collection of the Ringling Circus Museum.  The story is dark and funny, touching and unpredictable.

Rating ***** (in my top 10)

Boys and Girls Like You and Me By Aryn Kyle

6 Sep

Very good collection of short stories, mostly about woman and young girls, with one exception. I enjoyed all 11 stories and that is not often the case when reading a compilation. My favorite story is called “Nine” about Tess an eight year old girl, who makes up stories to protect herself from her dysfunctional family. Tess sees the school counselors
who use puppets and songs….anyways it’s hilarious.

Rating: ****

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

30 Aug

I loved this book, it was recommended by a close friend and I am so thankful that she did! It is the story of Alice a psychology professor at Harvard that is diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease. The reader accompanies Alice as she slowly loses her mind. Alice is not only an accomplished professional, she is also a mother and wife. So good, read this book and let’s talk about it!

Rating: *****

Love in Translation by Wendy Tokunaga

2 Aug

The premise of this story is pretty simple; white woman travels to Japan to search for a distant family connection. While there she meets a man and falls in love, bla bla bla… What I really loved about this book was all the information the author provided about Japanese culture. I read this book while holding my i-pod and googling locations, pop stars, customs, food, etc. At the end of the story I felt like I learned all sorts of new things and it made me really want to travel to Japan. If you are interested in Japanese culture I really recommend this book.

Rating ****

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

1 Aug

This story takes place in the small mining town of Middle Swan Colorado during the great depression. Hennie is a sweet old woman in her eighties that adopts Nit, a young woman who recently moved to Middle Swan with her husband. The woman develop a friendship over their mutual love of quilting. While they sew Hennie regales Nit with stories of their community and of her life during the Civil War. It is a sweet story, surly not the best book I ever read, but it is a not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Rating: **