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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

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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:*****

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: ****