Extra – book #53

Of course I flew through Catching Fire.  Not quite as quickly as The Hunger Games, but only because I didn’t have as much free time to read.    It was a great follow-up to the first book, and left me wanting more.  I can’t believe I have to wait a year for the next one.   If I survived the Harry Potter 7 wait, I can survive anything.

So, people have been recommending I try the Sookie Stackhouse series for a long time since I liked the Twilight books so much when I read them (ignoring Breaking Dawn – what a disaster!)  I’ve been resisting because in all honesty I’m not into vampires at all.   For reasons unknown even to myself, I decided to pick up the first Sookie book – Dead Until Dark – and give it a try.   It’s entertaining so far (I had no idea it was supposed to be funny!) but I’m not in love yet.

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Extra – finished book #52

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.    My quick and dirty review?  I gave it 3/5 stars on goodreads b/c the idea was cool, but I didn’t really get that close with the characters, and each chapter was basically an excuse to introduce a new monster and  a new fight.  It was kind of corny.   On goodreads, I described it as “Harry Potter, without the AWESOME” and I stick by that.  I probably won’t pick up the second in this series because it didn’t do that much for me.

ETA:  I just found out they made a movie out of this!  It’s coming out in Feb 2010 and already has a trailer up on the web.  Crazy!

Now, on to bigger and better things….I just started Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games which I read in July and looooooooooooved.  I’m excited!

Extra – finished book #51

Even though I hit my goal of 50 books for the year, I think I’m still going to give re-caps of books I finish.  I guess it’s just a habit now.

I finished To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read for the first time since high school.   I loved this book.  I remember loving it before, but I think it’s one of those books you appreciate more as you get older.

I just started a book recommended by a couple of people called The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  So far it has kept my interest enough to keep going but not enough to get excited.

I have another shipment from Barnes and Noble that should arrive today!

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

THIS IS THE IMPORTANT BOOK POST!!!

Not necessarily for the book itself, but because after I finished this book on Sunday I officially met my goal of 50 books in one year!   Book #50 was The Road by Cormac McCarthy.   This book was incredibly depressing, but I couldn’t put it down.

I guess I won’t update nearly as often now that I’ve met my goal.  Maybe I’ll keep posting the books I read and the reviews.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

I finished Shutter Island in just a couple of days.  This always seems to happen when I’m really into a book.  I wish I would have had more time to read so I could have finished it in one sitting.  It was a suspenseful and exciting book, and the best part was that after you finish you still aren’t sure what happened….in a good way.   I loved it, and I’m already letting one of my friends borrow it.   The movie has been pushed to Feb 2010, so I’ll be eagerly anticipating it until then.

I just started The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  So far, so good.  I can tell this book is going to be depressing, but it has already started to get me thinking.  I think I’m going to like it.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

I finished Pride & Prejudice, and it was honestly as good as I remembered it.  I thought maybe I had just enjoyed it when I was younger b/c I was more idealistic and romantic.

I went on a book run, and I think my next read is going to be Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.   A movie based on this book will be released early next year, and I thought it looked interesting in the trailer.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

I just finished The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe.  I’m just going to c&p what I wrote as a review of sorts on my online book club:

It took me a while b/c I just wasn’t that into it.

I tried last night to figure out what was turning me off about this book.  Anyone who has read Dan Brown books might understand.   Brown books are really plot-driven, suspense, clue-finding books.  The characters aren’t well-developed, but that’s not what drives the story so it doesn’t matter.

Howe kind of tried to do the same thing here, but instead of being suspenseful and surprising it was really predictable and more than a little dull at times.  I knew how the main “twists” would turn out many chapters before they actually happened.

The entire book came off as someone’s dissertation-turned-novel.  Howe uses as many SAT words as possible, which was a little annoying to me. It almost feels forced at times, like she’s hitting the thesaurus button 10 times a page.

Howe also tries to throw in a romance, but it’s very secondary, almost as an afterthought, and isn’t that believable.  I didn’t feel connected to the main character at all.

The topic is witchcraft and the Salem witch trials, so I was very interested at first.  I don’t want to say I hated this book, because it definitely had its moments.  I also don’t want to discourage anyone from reading it since it is, after all, a B&N recommendation.

Overall, I would just describe this book as “eh”.

Now, I think I’m going to read Pride and Prejudice just for kicks since I keep dropping it down my “to-read” list.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

Sometimes I feel as though this is the only thing I post.

Anyway, I finished The Color Purple, which is a book I think everyone should read.  I have loved the movie as long as I can remember and have always found it both heartbreaking and beautiful.  I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve read the book.

The movie was a wonderful adaptation, and I felt as though the book just expanded my knowledge of the characters and the events.  It expanded on Shug & Celie’s relationship and gave us a lot more information about Nettie’s experiences in Africa.  Written in a journalistic format (early letter were addressed Dear God, later letters were written to or from Nettie), you really get to know the characters.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

I finished The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver last night.   After reading two of her novels, I’m definitely interested in reading more by this author.   She brings up social or political issues and the reader learns about them through the eyes of someone innocently uninformed.  I really felt a connection with her characters even though we had little in common.

I started The Color Purple by Alice Walker this morning, a movie I have seen a million times but a book I have surprisingly never read.

#23: Read 50 books in 1 year

Whew.

My love of reading was not murdered by Tolkien after all.  I absolutely devoured The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins on my vacation.  I really only read for a few hours total, but this was one of those books that forced my eyes to try to keep up with my brain as I tried to cram in every word as quickly as possible.  It was a real page turner, but I didn’t find out until the end that it was only book 1 of a new series!  Now I’m going to find myself itching for the next one.  Thankfully, it is being released in September!  However, I hear it is going to be a trilogy so that means after I read the second book I’ll be forced to wait for a third.

I guess if I can survive the Harry Potter wait, I can survive anything, right?