Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Book Reviews - March 2010

1. Maire - Linda Windsor
There was a time in my life I would have read every book in this series. Is it a series? Wait, I must conference with Google - PAUSE - OK, yes it is the first book in the Fires of Gleannmara series. I did like it. Do you have to learn anything about history for a book to be considered historical fiction? (That was just a side question and total irrelevant to this review.) What was I saying? Oh yes. Liked it. Did I love it? I think the fact that I put it in my purse and a week later realized that I had been reading a book and wondered where it had gone to pretty much answers "no" to that question. It was good though. Just not "can't put down" good. I promise I was not taking any drugs when I wrote this review.

2. A Form of Godliness - Shane Johnson
I really, really liked this book. I was also really, really freaked out by it. It begins with another 9-11 type terrorist attack (also known by it's date from that point on...) and then jumps 10 years later to show how the U.S. has changed and continues though all kinds of things that I can totally see actually happening. I can't deny that these kinds of books make me want to build some sort of hideaway and hoard canned meat and bottled water. I recommend this book highly.

3. Halos - Kristen Heitzmann
I read this book in just a couple of days. It is not horribly long and it kept my attention from the very beginning. It was somewhat predictable, and I was fairly sure who the "bad guy" was, although at one point she did make me wonder if I might be wrong about that. I liked it and recommend it.

At this moment I'm about 1/2 way through "So Long Insecurity" by Beth Moore and "Sisterchicks Go Brit" by Robin Jones Gunn. Also in my TO BE READ pile is "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan, along with so many other books that it would take too long to type them all.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Book Wish List

I'm fairly certain I've mentioned Paperback Swap - or PBS - on here before ( One of my favorite things on PBS is my Wish List. I love getting an email that one of my wish list books is available. Here is a sampling of some of the books currently on my wish list, where my standing is on the list, and (if they gave it) the estimated time until I will be offered the book. I love to go check my list every week or two and see if I'm getting any closer to some of the books and where my position on the list is.

Some of the books I requested in both paperback and hardcover, because I just want it however I can get it first. In those cases, I've only listed one of those times. They only give you estimated times if that book has been posted on a regular enough basis to calculate an estimate. Some of these seem unreasonably long, but it goes faster than you would think.

If anyone has book suggestions for my list, I'd love to hear them!

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff - 91 of 91, estimated 11 weeks

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin - 44 of 224

The Commoner: A Novel by John Burnham Schwartz - 37 of 37, estimated 13 weeks

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen - 292 of 293, estimated 146 weeks!!!!

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan - 2 of 4, estimated 1 week

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See - 68 of 678, estimated 17 weeks

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski - 252 of 316

The Telling (Seasons of Grace) by Beverly Lewis - 47 of 182

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - 37 of 250

Monday, March 8, 2010

Glue, Don't Fail Me Now!

There are no pictures to show you of the science fair storyboard that we completed yesterday. By completed, I mean threw together in such a fantastic hurry that I knew only bad would come of it. We had reasons for the rush, for wanting to get it there yesterday, when we could have turned it in tonight. In retrospect, those reasons seem kind of idiotic, and mostly related to me and my impatience. Lesson learned.

Samuel got off the school bus this afternoon and announced to me that his project was "destroyed". We drove over and looked upon the mess. Labels, pictures and other things scattered on the ground. I whipped the glue bottle out of my purse and went to work. All while bent down on my knees on the gym floor in my black work pants with my rear in the air. I realized a little too late that my sweater had ridden up and every one on the left side of the gym could see my underwear. Including Samuel's teacher. And Science Club teacher. I'm sure they were greatly impressed with me. And my lack of adhesive skills. I should be ashamed to call myself a scrapbooker.

I don't care if it wins an award, I just want the thing to stay together until 8:00 pm tomorrow night.

UPDATE: As of 7:00 pm tonight, the board was still holding up. Only 25 more hours. Fingers crossed!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Book Reviews - February 2010

My second month of book reviews...and you thought I'd forget.

As last month, I will point out that I claim no professionalism or quality in these reviews. This is just what I thought - take it or leave it.

1. Casting the First Stone - Kimberla Lawson Roby

This book was my bookclub's February pick. During the whole first half of the book, I felt that the storyline following very closely to the storyline in "And the Shofar Blew" by Francine Rivers. The character's choices and the outcomes were different in the second half and it did not end the same. If the author's intention was to make me hate the husband, she succeeded. I spent most of the book wanting the wife to stab him dead. Due to the similarities with the other book, I couldn't help but compare them and I enjoyed Francine River's more.

2. True Colors - Kristin Hannah
I started this book at 8:30 am on a snow day and finished it (491 pages!) at 12:20 am late that night - less than 24 hours later. To say it kept my attention would be an understatement. I felt as though I identified with each of the three sisters in this book at some point, and I was very drawn into their story and relationship. This author has been compared to Jodi Picoult, and while there are some similarities, I did not see this as the same kind of book. While there were themes that were brought up that could be considered controversial such as what Picoult tackles in each of her books, this book was mainly focused on the three sisters and their relationship to one another. I recommend it.

I'm concerned that I only finished TWO books in February, especially knowing that one of them was read in a single day. What on earth was I doing all month? It wasn't housework, I can promise you that. Stay tuned for March reviews. I'm almost done with "Maire" and will shortly be starting on "a form of godliness".