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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 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 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 sett…

Book Club - April

Keep 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 togeth…

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!

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


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.

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 KlassenRainshadow Road by Lisa KleypasEngaged in Sin by Sharon PageA Man to Trust by Carrie TuranskyWonderstruck by Brian SelznickThe Statistical probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithTorn by Amanda HockingThe Border Bride by Blyth GiffordSpirit Bound by Christine FeehanI 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 CollinsI started Catching …