Thursday, April 26, 2012

Super Short Reviews - January

This past week I've seen a handful of mentions of "Super Short Reviews" and a lot of them had the person kind of doing a "duh!" moment. Why didn't I think of that before, why did I think I have to write long reviews for everything I read? So went back and wrote 1-2 sentence reviews for the books I haven't reviewed this year. I'm not going back past what I started reading in 2012.

Today we'll start with January.

Death Comes to PemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was okay, but it wasn't what I like from a Jane Austen sequel. There wasn't enough Elizabeth, I didn't get enough of the Darcy's as I would like them to be and I didn't care for the "murder mystery".

Full Moon Bride was reviewed for January's Book Club.

Sugar Daddy (Travises, #1)Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the family dynamic of this story and Liberty & Gage together. The book jacket blurb didn't do a good job of setting me up for this story, but I read it as a set up to Blue-eyed Devil.

Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2)Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardy and Haven were my favorite of the Travises. Following Hardy from his roll in Sugar Daddy I couldn't wait to see how he ended up with Haven and I wasn't disappointed with their story at all.

Smooth Talking Stranger (Travises, #3)Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Normally with family series like this there is at least one sibling, spouse, or other family member I can't stand and that wasn't the case here. I like how the series stuck with all the siblings, I just wish we would have gotten Joe's story. While he's not focal in all the books, he's still important in the family dynamic and it would have been nice to have his story.

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)Switched by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love it! It's not your typical setting, no vampires or witches, but trolls. It's a really interesting world Amanda created.

Covet (The Fallen Angels, #1)Covet by J.R. Ward

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

J.R. Ward has me hooked again, first with vampires and now with fallen angels! I love the BDB and this is a great view into what else is going down in Caldwell. (Which seems a little bit like Sunnydale, everything evil is happening here why? Not that I really care.)

Hotel VendomeHotel Vendome by Danielle Steel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved that we got a view into the life of these people and not just for a year or a few months but for years. I knew I was hooked when I started talking back to the characters as I drove to and from work.

Night Moves (Shadow Force, #4)Night Moves by Stephanie Tyler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the things I like most about the series is that it doesn't follow just one story line, it's a progression of all their lives. Loved Kell but really didn't care that much for Teddie. Can't wait for the next book!

Crave (The Fallen Angels, #2)Crave by J.R. Ward

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked it, not as much as Covet but it was still a good book. I'm hooked so I'll follow Jim on this adventure of his and I liked how Issace was a personal connection to him.

Envy (The Fallen Angels, #3)Envy by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Favorite so far! I liked the slight crossover with the BDB books, it shows that it's the same time and place but that this city is big enough where they aren't always crossing paths. I just loved everything about this book.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures, #1)The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a donation to the library and I picked it up to read at lunch. I was quite surprised with how much I liked it. I really liked that Jennifer Ashley explored how Asperger Syndrome was considered madness and how Beth can see who Ian really is by looking past the "madness."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Book Club - April

Keep a Little SecretKeep a Little Secret by Dorothy Garlock

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the book well enough. I would like to read Stay a Little Longer which is about Charlotte's Father and Aunt/Stepmother and the follow up book Come a Little Closer which is about Charlotte's half sister Christina.

Characters - I liked Owen and Charlotte but I wasn't drawn to them. I can honestly say that I liked some of the secondary characters more. I liked Hale the best followed by Hannah and John.(1/2 star)

Plot - The story was good but there were a few things that just didn't sit right with me. There seemed very little romance between Charlotte and Owen but then they're sleeping together in the barn. I didn't like how Charlotte was portrayed as trusting everyone but then doesn't tell who she saw start he stampede because now she doesn't know who she can trust because of Owen. The tornado seemed forced, like it was time to wrap up the book so the storm will force everyone together and they'll all just tell their secrets. (1/2 star)

Setting - ( loved the setting of this book. I haven't read too many books that take place in the 1930's but this was a treat. I love the description of the rollerskating rink and the scene of them skating.(1 star)

Genre - This book was in the romance section which was why it was picked for out book club, but after reading a few chapters I realized it wasn't really a romance. That being said, it was great for what it was, a light fiction book. (1 star)

Extra - This book had a little extra in the romance of Hale and Hannah. I loved Hale!(1/2 star)

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday - Get Dressed! by Seymour Chwast

Since the birth of my niece I've been a little more obsessed with children's books. I know she's years off from this book, but I thought this was great!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2011 | American Libraries Magazine

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2011 | American Libraries Magazine

1) ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2) The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3) The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4) My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6) Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8) What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9) Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Offensive language; racism

These lists always kind of amuse me, I understand why people challenge them, I just don't see why you just limit your kid from reading it and let other people decided for their own families what's acceptable reading material.

Also can we please leave Brave New World and To Kill a Mockingbird alone? It's like being mean to a senior citizen, it's just not nice!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday - The Old Man and the Sea

I didn't do a Month Ahead post for April. I really don't have a plan for April. Reading is going to be a little tougher with school. I can always do like I did last night and say up until 1 am to finish a book, that plan will require a lot of coffee.

Since I don't have a book trailer here's this cool video of a stop motion telling of The Old Man and the Sea

the old man and the sea from Marcel Schindler on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Month in Review - March

This might be my last month of big numbers. I start my MA English and Creative Writing in April (yesterday by the time this posts) and probably won't have a lot of time for pleasure reading. I haven't do anything toward the Color Reading Challenge and I'm hoping to start on the Green Mile this month. We read two books for Book Club and had an author reading/signing.

I read 9 books this month and started 1:

  • I finished The Apothecary's Daughter by Juile Klassen
  • Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas
  • Engaged in Sin by Sharon Page
  • A Man to Trust by Carrie Turansky
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • The Statistical probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Torn by Amanda Hocking
  • The Border Bride by Blyth Gifford
  • Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan
  • I started Jane Austen Made Me Do It

I Listened to 2 audio books and started 1:

  • I finished Texas! Chase by Sandra Brown (debating if I want to read/listen to the other books in the series)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • I started Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.