Friday, April 29, 2011

1st to Die by James Patterson

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club #1)1st to Die by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Poor writing, somewhat annoying narration... not a favorite for me...

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Magical Menagerie

I am almost halfway done with Water for Elephants and I am still LOVING it! I am very impressed with this author's style of writing. And while I envision Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, I have no trouble making up the other images in my imagination. (And REALLY, it's not too stressful to picture RP or RW!)

Normally I really struggle with books that contain animal cruelty... I just CAN'T read them. But I am doing surprisingly well with this one... I just keep telling myself, "It's ONLY a book! Those animals never existed!" (Though in my head, and heart, I know that animals are often not treated well at these venues).

I am very anxious to see how the plot turns out-- AND to see the movie for comparison! I mean, I GUESS I can watch Robert and Reese for a couple of hours... if I HAVE to!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Water for Elephants

Just had to drop a line... I have only read 2 chapters so far, but WHOA! What fantastic, descriptive writing! I am already loving this book. SO glad we decided to read it!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

{Water for Elephants}

After much thought I have decided that this book will be my next choice. When will I start this book? I hope to begin by the end of the week. I am going to be passing my Nook onto my husband. Before you panic, I am passing it on because I am getting an iPad THIS WEEK!!!! We ordered it on March 31, also known as My Birthday, but it won't ship until tomorrow..... Crazy, right?? Well anyway once I have it set up I will be using it as an e-reader too! Have you read this book? Do you have any thoughts on it? Discussion questions? Please share!

Happy Reading!!


Monday, April 18, 2011

yes, i'm still here....

OH MY!! I have completely been neglecting my reading time. Life has been rather hectic with school craziness, sick children and husband, and studying. Yes, STUDYING!!! What am I studying for? I am taking the School Leaders Licensure Assessment in June. Am I crazy? Yes, probably. I should have done this a long time ago as it is something I am very interested in. However, I will save all that for another post.

Books I have read since last time:
  • Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi
  • Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
  • Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
  • Life Laughs by Jenny McCarthy

I downloaded "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" but haven't started it yet. I would also like to read "Water for Elephants".


Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Anyone that teaches school, or is thinking about teaching school, is a parent, or has ANY interaction with children NEEDS to read this book. It is honest, eye-opening, hilarious, and even a touch sad in sections. It really makes you aware what it is like for children (or adults) with ADHD.

I give this book 5/5 stars

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Unbearable Lightness: Finished!

So I finally finished Unbearable Lightness by Portia DeRossi! It didn't take me forever and day because the book was bad or slow or anything like that... I just lost my reading train of thought for awhile. Plus things got hectic at home and school, which interfered with my reading time.

I liked this book a lot. As I said before, I do not typically read biographies, or even a lot of nonfiction for that matter. I like to be taken away from the real world when I read. That said, I did enjoy this book. I commented before about the author's complete honesty-- and this held true until the end.

My only negative is that parts of the book seemed very repetitive. I found myself feeling like I was reading the same line over and over. I think Ms. DeRossi's writing is great, I feel the editing could have been better.

Still I would recommend this book for anyone dealing with an eating disorder (your own or someone else's), or even anyone that is just a fan of Portia or even Ellen.

I gave this book 4/5 stars