Sunday, July 24, 2011

Review - Paper Towns by John Green

Have you ever heard of Paper Towns? I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book by John Green. This book was recommended by an online friend from my website. I am glad I finally read it. I found the story very entertaining. The story made me think about my time in high school.

Paper Towns is the story of teenagers and just them discovering things about themselves and their friends. How would you react if you just learned that your boyfriend and best girl friend were hooking up? Your friends knew but didn't bother to tell you? Would you just snap or would you do something like Margo Roth Spiegelman does in Paper Towns.

Paper Towns follows Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman on an adventure and mystery. Q is the good kid and doesn't do anything wrong. Margo is the adventurous type. Two different personalities that were friends when the were young yet have grown apart like so many of us do over time.

I suggest taking some time and pick up Paper Towns and just enjoy the adventure.


A little tid bit I learned while reading the book is that Paper Towns were created so that cartographers could protect against copyright infringement.  So if you ever come across a place on a map and you are unable to find it then it most likely does not exist.


5 stars

Review - ER Book - The Silent Enemy by Thomas W. Young

I won this book through Library Thing's Early Reviewers Program (ER).  I want to that both Library Thing and Putnam books for giving me this opportunity to read and review this book.

Silent Enemy is the story of Major Parson and Sergeant Gold. We were first introduced to these two characters in Young's previous book The Mullah's Storm. I am not familiar with that book yet I still found Silent Enemy easy to follow.

Major Parson is pilot in the Air-force and Sergeant Gold is from the Army working as a teacher in Afghanistan to help train those who want to become police and make Afghanistan a better place. Her school/police office is bombed and students and staff are injured. Gold and her friends and colleagues become patients of Major Parson's aircraft. 

Parson's aircraft is now considered an Air Evac mission. The story doesn't get interesting until the Air Evac is in flight and they learn of a bomb threat to all aircraft that left Bagram Air Base. Parson's is left with trying to figure out what to do to protect his crew and the patients. The most logical thing is to find the bomb and to try and diffuse it.

Parson's crew search the aircraft and don't find a bomb. During the search Parson learns of 2 planes that had left Bagram have gone down. Now the threat of a bomb is more prominent then first thought. One place on the plane they didn't look is a place you usually don't go into during a flight. Parson decides that section needs to be checked and he has to depressurize the plane to search it.

The intricacies of the story are sometimes long and drawn out as you are reading. Parson's character sometime remembers his last time with Sergeant Gold and how they handled that crisis. Some of their pasts are brought up and how they are reacting to the current situation.

So will Air Evac survive or go down like the other planes that have left Bagram Air Base? You will need to pick up your copy of Silent Enemy to discover what happens.

4 stars

Review - The Secret Garden

Now many may be surprised to learn that I never read this book as a child.  I have heard of it but wan never one to read books just because everyone said they were good or that I should read them.  I could be very defiant when it came to reading.

I am glad that I did finally read this book.  I have seen parts of the movie but never from the beginning.  This is a very nice story of a girl, two boys and a secret garden.  The names of the children are Mary, Dickon and Colon.

Mary is quite contrary is what children from India called her when she lived there with her parents.  When her parents and everyone she knew had died she was sent to live with her uncle.  At first she was not happy to be in England.  She is very thin and looks ill but once she starts venturing outside and getting exercise and fresh air everyone notices how she grows and changes.

She meets Dickon and those two start taking care of the Secret Garden.  One night Mary hears some one crying  and is determined to find out who it is.  She finds a boy in his room crying.  This is her cousin Colon that she did not know existed.  The bonds that are formed between all three children is quite remarkable and believable.

4 stars

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Sad, Sad Day...

I am very upset about the news I just heard.  My favorite book store is closing all of their stores.  If you haven't heard it is Borders that is closing all of the remaining stores that are open.  When I found out about this I was very upset and now wondering if I will have to go to B&N for all my book purchases.  I don't care that much for Amazon as a book seller.  And I feel that B&N can be over priced.  Those are just my opinions.

I used to shop at B&N before I realized that there was a Borders just down the street from B&N.  I have gone to midnight parties for Harry Potter and Twilight at both B&N and Borders.  I felt more like family at Borders then I did at B&N.  I remember my sister working for Waldenbooks and just hearing her stories about the books, customers and the people she worked with.  Now I just have to get my emotions in check so that I can decide where I will be buying my books. 

I always ask for gift cards to Borders because I know I can find the books that I want and they always have the best deals on books and everything.  How is this going to change the book industry?  Does this mean that the usual physical stores are going to close and only e-books will be available?  I really enjoy going to Borders and just sitting down and picking up a book and just reading it while in the store.  This way I can decide if I want the book before buying it.  I know that you can do this at B&N but I don't find it as cozy as Borders.

How do you feel about this closing?  Are you one that just buys from online retailers or do you like going to the book store and actually smelling the books and the atmosphere?  I partly wish that I had money to purchase Borders because I really hate seeing this company go out of business.

I am providing a link to a news article I found on the internet at MSN:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43797505/ns/business-consumer_news/'%20rel='nofollow

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Definitely Dead By Charlaine Harris

I am slowly making my way through the Sookie Stackhouse series.  I started reading the series due to my online friends at Books and Chat talking about the series on HBO called True Blood.  I wanted to watch True Blood and realized I also wanted to read the books before hand.  I will say that the HBO series doesn't follow the books completely.  I still love both of them.


The sixth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series.  I enjoyed the book and the stories.  Sookie again is mixed up with trouble and she tries to figure out who has made her a target again.  I did get tired of being reminded of what happened in the previous book.

There wasn't as much romance in this book as in the previous books.  There was one scene where Sookie and her newest supe interest were fully clothed and both were sexually satisfied.  I found that scene interesting because it made me think of two teenagers having sex for the first time and not being able to get undressed before having an orgasm.  Sookie's newest interest is a weretiger by the name of Quinn.

Sookie also learns why she has so many supes interested in her.  She finds out that she has very special blood and vampires are very in tuned to it.  She also learns the truth about Bill and begins to question their whole relationship.

Sookie meets a new witch named Amelia.  Sookie and Amelia become friends by the end of the book.  Amelia asks Sookie if she could join her in Bon Temps for awhile.  Now I just wonder what the seventh book has in store for Sookie and possibly Amelia.

4 stars

Friday, July 8, 2011

My Reading List of 2010

I don't believe I ever posted a full list of all the books I read in 2010.  Now I have decided to post them, a little late but now you can see how my reading was in 2010:

January
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
You did it for me by Robert Hug
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

February
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

March
When the Phone Rang by Harry Mazer
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Final Target by Iris Johansen

April
Genoa Bay by Bette Nordberg
The Soloist by Steve Lopez
The Broken Blue Line by Connie Dial

May
Down River by John Hart
Flash Terminal Velocity by Mark Waid
Someone Is Out There by Carole Standish
Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness by Sidney Sheldon
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

June
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

July
Blind Faith by Ben Elton
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion by Mark Cotta Vaz
In Harm's Way by Ridley Pearson
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn

August
Snagged by Carol Higgins Clark
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey (8/15/10)
Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks (8/19/10)

September
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell (9/11/10)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (9/21/10)

October
Cape Refuge by Terry Blackstock (10/3/10)
Open by Andre Agassi (10/7/10)
Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo (10/14/10)

November
Pooh Goes Visiting by A.A. Milne (11/9/10) 
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet By Jamie Ford (11/7/10)
Outside Wonderland by Lorna Jane Cook (11/18/10)
Richard Scarry's ABC's by Richard Scarry (11/22/10)
The Ugly Duckling by Landoll (11/22/10)
What's for Lunch? by John Schindel & kevin O'Malley (11/22/10)
Cinderella by Henry W. Hewet (11/26/10)
The Reckoning by Howard Owen (11/28/10)

December
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (12/1/10)
Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag (12/22/10)
King Lear by William Shakespeare (12/31/10)




I read a total of 53 books last year.  That is an accomplishment for me.  Love to read your comments about my reading tastes.

Contest

Well I am posting this to inform you that a friend of mine is having a contest. Here is the link to the contest


Good luck and read her reviews. She is a wonderful young lady!!

My Reading List for this year 2011

Here is a list of all the books I have read this year. My goal is to read at least 75 books by Dec. 31 2011. I think I am doing a good job so far. I only need 35 books in just about 5 months.

List of books 2011:
January
1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (finished 1/18/11)TIOLI Challenge January #1
2. Damaged by Alex Kava (finished 1/19/11) TIOLI Challenge January #7
3. Blind Man's Alley by Justin Peacock (finished 1/24/11
4. Dead Center by Joanna Higgins (finished 1/27/11)

February
5. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (finished 2/5/11)
6. To Hold the Crown by Jean Plaidy (finished 2/22/11)
7. Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay (finished 2/13/11)
8. Aftermath:A Snapped Novel by Tracy Brown (finished 2/26/11) TIOLI Challenge February

March
9. Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez (finished 3/5/11)
10. For One More Day by Mitch Albom (finished 3/6/11)
11. gone with a handsomer man by Michael Lee West (finished 3/14/11)
12. So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson (finished 3/16/11)
13. The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro (finished 3/19/11)
14. Forever Amber Brown by Paula Danziger (finished 3/20/11)
15. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner (finished 3/31/11)

April
16. Good Cop, Bad Cop by Barabara D'Amato (finished 4/7/11)
17. Original Sin by Beth McMullen (finished 4/21/11)
18. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (finished 4/23/11)

May
19. The Privilege of Youth by Dave Pelzer (finished 5/1/11)
20. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus (finished 5/12/11)
21. Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey (finished 5/15/11)
22. Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross (finished 5/21/11)
23. The Guide to Owning a Beagle by Andrew Vallilla (finished 5/22/11)
24. Tender Rebel by Johanna Lindsey (finished 5/23/11)
25. reaching Dustin by Vicki Grove (finished 5/24/11)
26. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (finished 5/30/11)
27. Motherhood the second Oldest profession (finished 5/30/11)

June
28. At Wit's End (finished 6/5/11) TIOLI Challenge June #1
29. Attack on Pearl Harbor (finished 6/5/11) TIOLI Challenge June #1
30. Fourth Grade Rats (finished 6/6/11)
31. Maniac Magee (finished 6/7/11)
32. Nightlight: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon (finished 6/10/11)
33. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan (finished 6/12/11)
34. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (finished 6/24/11)
35. The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts by Lilian Jackson Braun (finished 6/25/11)
36. Cat's Cradle: A Book of String Figures by Anne Akers Johnson (finished 6/26/11)
37. A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore by A.A. Milnes (finished 6/26/11)

July
38. Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith (finished 7/2/11)
39. Abby Cooper Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie (finished 7/4/11)
40. Ricky Martin Backstage pass by Kimberly Walsh (finished 7/8/11)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Catching up

I will be catching up on my blog writing over the next couple of weeks. I have fallen behind on posting my reviews here and just talking about books and things. I will be changing a little bit of my blogs by also posting about movies I have seen or would like to see. Look for reviews to begin again soon.