Thursday, February 26, 2015

Read Harder Challenge - A romance novel

Leaping HeartsLeaping Hearts by Jessica Bird
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm always reading romance novels, so for this challenge requirement I just went with the first one I read. This one could also probably go as a recommendation, a patron brought in these (the series) books thinking I would like them.

I did like them. This is J.R. Ward writing as Jessica Bird. I'm used to reading J.R.'s paranormal series (Fallen Angels, BDB) so this was a bit of a change.

In this book A.J. goes against her step-brother's wishes and purchases a very spirited horse.  She's sure she can tame the horse and ride him to a championship equestrian win. Forced from her house, she ends up at the house of Devlin, the one trainer she feels can help her reach her goal.  Of course Devilin wants nothing to do with A.J. or her horse. I like when characters are forced into each other company and end up falling in love.

Besides ranch themed books, I haven't read anything having to do with horses that do the jumps so that was an interesting dose of information.  That being said, not much has stayed with me about this book but I did like it and I did like the rest of the books.  I handed them off to a friend to read  and I only do that with books I enjoyed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Read Harder Challenge - An audiobook

Fortunately, the MilkFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read this book but I couldn't pass up to hearing Neil Gaiman read this delightful book.

This is the story a father tells his children about why it took him so long to go and get milk for their cereal. It was a typical enough trip to the market to purchase the milk, but as he left to head home, things got difficult. There is a run in with aliens, time travel in a hot air balloon, and more interesting twists and turns (I don't want to spoil it!).

I received a signed copy of the book at Book Expo America a few years ago and quickly read through the book.  At the book talk, Neil mentioned that he writes children's book just as much for the parents as for the kids, and that is clearly evident in this book.  He mentioned that when a child likes a book an adult is 'forced' to read it multiple times so it should also be enjoyable for them. I can honestly say I can't wait to keep reading/listening to this story with my niece!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book Review: Choose Your Own Autobiography by NPH

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own AutobiographyNeil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This may have been the most fun I've ever had reading an autobiography or memoir.  I loved the choose your own adventure books as a kid and I've loved NPH since I saw him on Doogie Hoswer.

My original plan was to read this book through a few times choosing different paths and then I was going to read it through like a normal book (many reviews say this is possible).  I read through a few times and had some good laughs and then I was ready to do the regular reading.

This proved to be a problem.

I didn't make it far into the book before I got to the end of a section and instead of just turning the page, I wanted to skip head to see where each option would have taken me. This lead me to want to keep jumping around as you do and I ended up choosing three more adventures.

The book is too munch fun to read in any other way!

The book covers Neil's childhood and his introduction to both acting and magic. These two passions great influence Neil's life and you can have a lot of fun bouncing around these themes.  Some of the other story lines follows his relationship with David and becoming parents. They were so secretive (and with good reason) about the birth of the twins it was nice to hear about how it all came to happen.  I really enjoyed hearing about the twins and how much they are like their fathers.

Some of my favorite passages were:
The section edited by David.
The section about the Harold and Kumar movies.
The fake endings were all hilarious
The notes from his famous friends.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.