Wednesday, December 31, 2008

White Oleander

Title: White Oleander

Author: Janet Fitch

Pages: 446

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 3/5

"Oleander time," she said. "Lovers who kill each other now will blame it on the wind."

Ingird Magnussen is sent to prison for murder and has left behind her daughter, Astrid to be sent into foster care. The story tells of the different foster homes Astrid finds herself in. The different worlds, the different rules, and different lessons.

Throughout the book and through the different families Astird belongs to, one thing is constant. Leaving. While reading this novel, I really felt for Astrid and the absence of love that she so desperately craved. She experienced so many different types of pain and hell. She often felt disconnected with society.

" To them, pain was a country they had heard of, maybe watched a show about on TV, but one whose stamp had not yet been made in their passports. where could I find a place where my world connected to theirs?"

The message I think the author is trying to convey in this novel is that we all live completely different worlds. Different struggles, different wars, even different joys. What a better way to convey that than someone in foster care. I think that the author was successful in portraying this message. The only thing I would have liked to see a little different, is that not every home is hell. Not every family is so destructive. There is goodness out there and that was never shown in the story. It was quite jaded in that way.

At the end of the book after all Astrid has gone through, she still yearns for a life with her mother. It is a great story with great character development with both Astrid and Ingrid. There is a great ending to a great story, and one that will leave me thinking differently about those around me.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A-Z Challenge

The last challenge I am going to embark upon in 2009 is the A-Z Challenge. There are a couple of different angles you can choose from. The one that I am choosing is every letter of the alphabet read a novel that is set in the corresponding country. For a list of official rules and to sign up, click here. Here is my list:

A- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseinni setting in Afghanistan

B- Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage setting in Brazil

C- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See setting in China

D- In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez setting in Dominican Republic

E-Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy set in England

F- The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickenson setting in Freeville, NY

G- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak setting in Germany

H- Tai-Pan by James Clavell setting in Hong Kong

I- The Four Seasons by Laurel Corona setting in Italy

J- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson setting in Japan

K- War and Revenge by Tim Judah setting in Kosovo

L- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb setting in Littleton, CO

M- Mexico by James A. Mechener setting in Mexico

N- The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life throughout the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel setting in New York

O-Life of Pi by Yann Martel setting in the Ocean

P- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson setting in Pakistan

Q- Dead Cold by Louise Penny setting in Quebec, Canada

R- Hunger by Elise Blackwell setting in Russia

S- The Heteric's Daughter by Kathleen Kent setting in Salem, Massachusetts

T- Kingdom of Make Believe by Dean Barrett setting in Thailand

U- Charolette's Rose by A. E. Cannon setting in Utah

V- The Piano Teacher by Elfreide Jelinke setting in Vienna, Austria

W- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah setting in Washington


Y- Motoring with Mohammad by Eric Hansen setting in Yemen

Z- Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire author from Zimbabwe

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Reading Challenge

MY Two Blessings is hosting the Winter Reading Challenge. The challenge starts today and goes through March 20, 2009. The rules are simple. Any number of books, any type of book, and the books can crossover to any other challenge. I love these types of challenges because I can read whatever, and my mind changes as time goes on. Follow the link here to find the official sign up.
Here is the list of my books:
2- A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
3- 31 Songs by Nick Hornby
4- We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
8- Austenland by Shannon Hale
9- White Oleander by Janet Fitch (part of another challenge too)
That is nine books in 13 weeks. That means I have to read one book every 1.4 weeks. Shouldn't be too hard.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I've gone to the Dark Side

I don't usually like these things, but I saw this one floating around and decided to go for it!

The things I have done are in BOLD.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo( trust me it was not a pretty sight, I can't sing!)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community (Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania)
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Have enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. started my own business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial (my favorite is at night)
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for cooking
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

100+ Reading Challenge

This challenge should be easy enough. All you have to do is read 100 books in 2009. I will be adding to my list as I go. For a list of the official rules link here. As I read, I will be linking up the titles and reviews here. Happy Reading!!

1- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
8- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
9- Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
10- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
11- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
12- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
13- Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
14- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Friday, December 5, 2008

Where the Heart Is

Title: Where the Heart Is
Author: Billie Letts
Pages: 358
Genre: Fiction/Drama
Rating: 5/5
"Novalee Nation, seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight- and superstitious about sevens- shifted uncomfortably in the seat of the old Plymouth and ran her hands down the curve of her belly."
Novalee and her boyfriend Willy Jack are leaving Tennessee and moving to California with possibilities. Willy Jack to make money and Novalee to live by the ocean with her house facing the water. The two have very different ideas about what is ahead of them.
Novalee needs to stop for a potty break and to get herself some new shoes because she lost hers through the floor board of their beat-up car. They pull off in a small town in Oklahoma at a Wal-Mart. While Novalee is inside, Willy Jack takes off with out her, not wanting to be bothered by her or the baby anymore.
Scared and uncertain, Novalee has no choice but to live in the Wal-Mart until she delivers her baby. During this time, she meets some people that become her family, and later will shape who she becomes.
This is her story about finding the true meaning of the word home.
I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. I have seen and loved the movie, and have always wanted to pick this book up and read it but until recently, I just never have.
The book is so different from the movie, and in a way, I am glad. I felt as though I was reading a story that I knew nothing about. The movie left so many things out.
There is always a point in the book that you say to yourself "Oh that is where the title comes from". This happened twice to me. The first time when Novalee is telling Willy Jack to feel her tummy.
"Can't you feel that little bomp... bomp... bomp?.......That is where the Heart is."
The second is a little more hidden. Home is where the heart is. The books theme is about Home. It is fascinating that the author keeps reiterating that conversation Novalee and Willy Jack have about that bomp, bomp, bomp being the heart. That and the true meaning of home. I wonder if that was intended or if I am feeling extra sentimental. Maybe I am not making sense...
Needless to say, I loved the book, rated it 5/5, will reread it and would recommend this book to everyone. You can't help but feel good about the story. I loved the characters, the circumstances that help Novalee find herself, and just the overall feeling.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fall Into Reading Challenge Finished

YEAH!!! This is my very first reading challenge that I have finished. I am really excited about it and proud of myself. It was a really small one. I read only five books for the challenge, and I could read any book that I wanted to so it was not really a challenge so much as an organized read for fun. The books that I read were:

1-Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

2-The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

3-Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

4- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

5- A Ticket to Ride by Paula McLain

It is hard to say what my favorite book from this challenge was. I loved them all for different reasons. Being forced to choose, (forced by myself) I would say that A Ticket to Ride would top the list. There was a great story behind the book and I really loved the characters and was able to relate in different ways with all of them. Here is to many more challenges in the future and to millions of words to be consumed by my brain!

Happy Reading!!

The Lovely Bones

Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Pages: 328
Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Horror
Rating: 4.5/5
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Suzie."
The book begins by describing this horrible crime of rape and murder. The victim: Suzie Salmon. She was murdered by her neighbor at 14 years old, in a cornfield near her home. She tells the story of what she is seeing from her Heaven. The lives that move on, the ones she chooses to stay with, and the new lives she meets in Heaven.
I really feel at a loss about what to say about the book. The characters were so real to me, that the book had this very eerie sense about it. I was struggling on whether I should even finish the book because I just felt so disturbed by this man that murdered this girl and affected her family in the way that he did, it just felt so real to me, and yet I found that I just could not put the book down. By the end of the story, I felt satisfied but with a sense of melancholy behind it. I have never had a book affect me the way that this one did. I really did like the book a lot but I think it is one that I will keep in the back of the pile, and not pick it up again for a really long time if ever again. I think the story resembles the movie Ghost. Anyone agree?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Pages: 226
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3/5
" It was 7 minutes after midnight."
Christopher is 15 years 3 months and 2 days old. He is an only child living with his father. He knows every prime number up to 7,057. He hates to be touched and hates the color yellow. The story begins while Christopher is out walking and finds his neighbors dog has been stabbed with a garden fork.
Christopher's story is a murder mystery. He must find who killed Wellington, the poodle. This book is his quest to find who is responsible and have them punished.
The book seems like a simple story line, but really is much deeper. Christopher is autistic. It is written in such a way that you are able to get inside of his head to understand better the idiosyncrasies of someone who is autistic.
The storyline does seem to lose focus at times, but not in a way that you cannot keep track. In fact it can really help put things into perspective.
The book was very captivating to read. You will fall in love with Christopher and hurt for him as the murderer is uncovered. The ending is quite tender. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a very quick read, and one that will keep you thinking about autism in a whole new way.
This quote is great at explaining what goes on inside the head of someone with autism. He is quoting a Sherlock Holmes book.
" ' The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.'
"But he notices them like I do. Also it says in the book:
'Sherlock Holmes had, in a very remarkable degree, the power of detaching his mind at will.'
"And this is like me too, because if I get really interested in something, like practicing maths...., I don't notice anything else, and father can be calling me to come eat my supper and I won't hear him. This is why I am good at playing chess, because I detach my mind at will and concentrate on the board and after a while the person I am playing will stop concentrating and start scratching their nose, or staring out the window, and then they will make a mistake and I will win."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Title: Matrimony

Author:Joshua Henkin

Pages: 291

Rating: 3.5/5

"Out! Out! Out!"

Julian Wainwright, the only son to wealthy parents, can not leave for college soon enough. He attends a fictional college, Graymont University, and becomes friends with Carter Heinz, whom is in his fictional writing class.

The both of them are looking through the college facebook and happens upon Mia Mendelsohn. Refined and beautiful. Carter meets Mia first but already has a girlfriend. Later Julian runs into Mia while at the laundro-mat, and they hit it off immediately. They are inseparable from then on out.

During their senior year, Mia discovers her mother has cancer. To let her mother see her get married before she dies, they decide to get married right after they graduate.

The story then lets you in on their marriage and where life leads them.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the real-ness of relationships. The fact that companionship is not perfect. You don't get married and live happily ever after. But even through all the hard times, you can still make it through.

People have described the book as quiet, and I would mostly agree. There were a couple of points that I gasped because of a surprise, but for the most part, it was really enjoyable to sit down and follow the characters through their good times and bad.

Did the book end with the possibility for a sequel?!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Ticket to Ride

Author: Paula McLain
Pages: 272
Date Finished: November 10, 2008
Rating: 4/5

"It was August. For days it was August."

During the summer of 1973, Jamie and her cousin, Fawn, who has come to stay for the summer, spend their days sunbathing, listening to great music, and getting into trouble. Jamie lives with her uncle, Raymond, and is excited to have someone to spend the long days with. Fawn is older, very manipulative and quite self absorbed. Jamie is only 14 and still not sure about who she is and what is important to her. She is very impressionable, and wants so much to be accepted by Fawn, her much cooler and prettier older cousin. Jamie and Fawn find themselves in a situation that really tests who they are morally and ethically. Will they do the right thing? Meanwhile, Raymond is forced to reflect on his own life, his relationship with his sister, Suzette, and how it came to be that Jamie is living with him and not her own mother.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The author spent a lot of the book building the characters, which I liked because it gave more feeling to the storyline. I loved every character in the book because I am able to relate to all of them in one way or another. Thinking back, I was just like Jamie, confused about who I was and willing to do what I could to be accepted.

I will caution that the language in the book will be offensive to some. There is a lot of talk about drug use and some about sex.

Thank goodness, I am more sure about who I am now, and confident in myself. Those teenage years are the worst, especially while you are trying to figure out who you are...

Monday, November 3, 2008

TheFive People you Meet in Heaven

Date Finished: 11/02/2008
Pages: 208
Rating: 3/5
"Lost love is still love, Eddie. It just takes a different form, that's all. You can't hold their hand... You can't tousle their hair... But when those senses weaken another one comes to life... Memory... Memory becomes your partner. You hold it... you dance with it... Life has to end, Eddie... Love doesn't."
Eddie is a man who dies in the very beginning of the book. This is a story of his journey through the afterlife, and a theory that everyone will meet five people after they die to help them sort through their unresolved life.
Where do I start with this one? I found this book at a used book sale and just bought it to basically buy it. I have heard a lot of great reviews about this book, and was curious. I did read Tuesday's with Morrie, and thought it was slow moving, but liked it more than didn't like it.
This story is full of thought provoking quotes, and I usually like that. I liked the idea of the story, but did feel as though it was written for those who love to have a good cry while watching a Lifetime Movie with an element of cheesiness.
I liked this book okay. While reading I thought that I could predict the ending and was pleasantly surprised and pleased at the end. I wouldn't say that the heartwarming-ness (is that a real word?) touched me enough to bring an actual or even proverbial tear to my eye, but I can mark it off my TBR list.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

So many books so Little Time...

Does anyone else feel this way? I have a tall pile of books that I just can't wait to delve into, and it feels as though I just can't read fast enough. Do they have support groups out there for this type of nonsense? Maybe I should put all of the used book sales on hold for a while until I get control of this....

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Snow Country

Date Finished: October 25, 2008
Pages: 175
Rating: 5/5
Let me first start by saying that before this book, I knew nothing of Japanese Literature. After reading Memoirs of a Geisha I fell in love with Japanese culture, and needed more knowledge. I have seen a couple reviews in different blogs of this book, and thought I would embark upon more lovely novels of the Japanese variety.
I can be somewhat of an ignorant person, as my journey through this novel has proven. The reviews were all so great and positive, I was really looking forward to a great read. This book accomplished that for me, but in such a different way than I had anticipated.
Shimamura, is a successful businessman from Tokyo and visiting the Snow Country. While there meets a young geisha , Komako. Their first meeting was not something that drew the passion to follow. The story follows them through their relationship. She gives her whole self willingly to him, and he doesn't return that same passion. Yoko, another woman that comes into the story has also captivated Shimamura although he was captivated at first glace with her. Komaku and Yoko were somewhat of rivals, I got the sense, but that was never fully confirmed to me in the book.
The storyline is quite simple. The book could easily be considered a bore if reading just for the story. In the foreword, the book is described as a beautiful Haiku.
Knowing a little bit about the Haiku, I was able to appreciate the writings of Kawabata. By the descriptions of surroundings, you as the reader are able to feel the emotions that are trying to be portrayed in the story. I have heard that the story is a small glimpse into the cold and lonely life of Kawabata. Perhaps the simple title Snow Country is a prefect description of that life.
There are many aspects to the story that I am sure were overlooked while trying to stay with the storyline (it jumps around a lot). I am definitely going to read this book again as it is such a quick read. Next time, I will spend a lot more time delving into the meanings and see what is hiding there for me.
I am looking forward to reading more of his novels and also more Japanese Literature.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Anne Frank Remembered giveaway

Trish is giving away a copy of Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies. Click on the following link, read her review of Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, and leave a comment. She will be doing the drawing on Thursday Oct 30, at 6:30am. Good luck!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

Date Finished: October 18, 2008
Pages: 304

What a beautiful story about love. I know, I know sappy right?
The book is written as a journal of letters from a mother to her son Nicholas. Matt gives this diary to Kate, whom he has just broken off a relationship with so she will understand his love for his wife, Suzanne. I can't say much more about it, but trust me on this one, it is worth the read.
The book is really easy to read, and you will probably finish it quite quickly. This is the first book I have read from James Patterson, and I really enjoy his writting. I will probably read this one again before too long.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Memoirs of a Geisha

Date Finished: October 18, 2008
Pages: 428
Rating: 4/5

Memoirs of a Geisha is so beautifully written, and easy to read. The story is fiction yet written in a way that is believed to be told by the Geisha herself. I really enjoyed reading the book from the beginning to the end.

Chiyo was only nine years old when she was sold to an okiya to become a Geisha. The story follows her through her life as she discovers who she really is, and what her destiny is to be.

There are so many eloquent analogies, and great descriptions about her emotions that it is hard to not feel as she feels.

I was really apprehensive to start this book as I thought that it would be above my realm of understanding, but it was so easy and smooth to read. I enjoyed the book the whole way through though at times I felt the book was anti-climactic. However, the story developed and moved along without me even knowing it. I felt that this book was taking me a long time to read. I don't know why, but I never felt bored while reading it. Strange. I have never felt that way about a book before...

Reading this story has made me fall in love even more with the Japanese culture. I definately will be reading a lot more about the Japanese , and will do more to learn about the history of Japan. I love when a book can inspire that.


So the 24 hour read a thon is over, and I must say what a great idea. I have not participated in a read-a-thon since the days at Bacchus Elementary in Mrs Perkins class. It was nostalgic to think of those times, of course the books I chose then were more like the Ramona series and the like. I was able to finish 2.5 books as I was not able to spend as much time on this as I had hoped. (see previous blog)

The first book I finished was Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden). As I said before, I will write my reviews of the books at a later time because I am short on time now. But here is a quote from the book that really stuck out to me.

"We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course."

The second book that I finished was Suzannes Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. What a heart wrenching and beautiful story. When I became a mother, anything that I see or read about children affects me on a different level. I really did love this book. It was not as predictable as I thought, and there are a couple of twists to it.

And the third book that I am just about finished with is Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. I have seen the movie but never read the book. I have always wanted to pick this up, but for some reason never did. I really do love this book so far. Of course, I have some idea how the story is going to end, but movies never follow the book like they should.

Overall, I had a great time, but really would have loved to devote more of my time to it. Next time around, I will definitely come more prepared and make sure that I can give more time to it! I love reading and I love participating in these challenges. Thanks to all that organized and encouraged. See you in the blogospere!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Read-a-thon Update

Wow! Is it really this late? I must say that I have not spent as much time as I had hoped reading. My daughter has been a lot more needy than I imagined she would be. I just finished the book that I had been reading for a while Memoirs of a Geisha and am about to start another one. She is down for her nap (finally), so I can have some quite time before it is time to play mommy again. I guess for the most part she has been pretty good, I just wanted some time for reading! (Can anyone say mother of the year award? Its not that 24 hours is that long right?!?!?!)

So maybe in the fall I can truly devote the whole 24 hours to books and nothing else. Houston will be home in about 2 hours so then I will have more free time to read as well. Above are some pictures of the little one participating in her own read-a-thon.
I will write my reviews of the books that I have read another time (when I have more of it). Back to reading!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

24 Hour Read a Thon

When I first read about this Read-a-Thon, I thought to myself yeah right no way possible. But here we are at the last second, Trish has encouraged and tempted me, so I am now thinking why not? I know I must be a little crazy, I have a 5 1/2 month old daughter. She needs my attention not these books. I have decided to give this the best effort I can. Plus Emmory enjoys when I read to her even though she doesn't understand a word I say. So I am pulling out all stops, getting the lozenges handy (for reading aloud of course) and compiling my list. I am going to try to finish all of my challenges for the year, because I know there are a lot of challenges coming up for the new year. Here is the list of books that are remaining on my list:
1-Memoirs of a Geisha (Arther Golden), I don't know why this one has taken me so long to read...
2- A Ticket to Ride (Paula McLain)
3- Suzannes Diary for Nicholas (James Patterson)
4-The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
5- Where the Heart is (Billie Letts)
I am going to throw some childrens books in as well (for Emmory too) why can't she enjoy this too right?
I know that the list is somewhat heavy but again here we are at the last second, and that is what I have... I am going to do my darndest to succeed at this, but I am sure there will be a little difficulty. I am excited to join and look forward to reading reviews about new books for me to read!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Date Finished: October 15, 2008

Pages: 338

Rating: 4/5

I think I enjoyed this book a little better than the first. Bridget is so frustratingly lovable. In this novel she is up to her usual antics. She is someone who will be happy when... Again it is a character piece that every woman can relate to. It is perfectly put at the end of the book when she says "Will be fantastic in California with sunshine and millions of self help books..."
Bridget is always trying to better her life, and she is endearing and ridiculous all at the same time.

I watched the movie to this book and to the first Bridget Jones movie. I was wondering how they were going to put the interview with Colin Firth into the movie because Colin Firth plays the part of Mark Darcy. Of course that part was taken out. I was definitely disappointed in the movie not surprisingly enough. I thought that the movie did a terrible job of following the book. It was totally different. But oh well, what do you expect?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Charlotte's Web

Date Finished: Oct. 5, 2008
Pages: 192
Rating 4/5

This book was such an easy read. I read through it virtually in one afternoon. Of course a little below my level of maturity, but always nice to revisit your childhood if even in a book.

Charlotte, the spider, befriends a pig who feels alone, and afraid. The story follows them as they both benefit from this friendship in different ways.

I couldn't help but catch the under-toned messages that come along with children's novels, which felt a little cheesy, but all in all, a good easy read.

I will probably choose to watch this movie along with the book for my lit flick challenge. I have not seen the movie in ages, but was always one of my favorites growing up.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

Date Finished: Oct. 3, 2008
Pages: 302
Rating: 5/5
Lily Owens is a fourteen year old who has run away from home, run away from her terrible father, trying to find out more about her mother who was killed in a terrible gun accident. All she has is a picture of the "black virgin Mary" with the name of a town, Tiburon, SC written on the back. She is sure that this is where her mother came from and wanted to take her before her unfortunate accident, and where she will find the answers she has needed.
She finds herself working with a couple of sisters as a beekeeper and maker of honey. This story follows her through her discoveries, heartaches, and learning about life and her mother.

I have heard this book has "changed lives". I really loved reading this book, but would hardly say that my life is "changed".
In the beginning of the story, I quickly fell in love with Lily and her sweetness. How she yearned for her mother and hurt from her father. I could really empathize with her by the way the auther had dexcribed who this girl is in her soul. I flowed right through the book. I am curious to see how the movie coming out will follow the book.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Thanks Trish

Thanks Trish for the award! Since blogging, I have developed a love for reading and all the challenges I am able to find here. Trish is where I found out about reading challenges so I would really like to send it back to her. Here is a link to her blog, since I love to stalk it and read her reviews about the books that she reads...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bridget Jones's Diary

Date finished: Sept 24, 2008
Pages: 288
Rating: 5/5

This book was easy reading and quite witty. Of course I have seen the movie, but thought there is always so much more to the books than what is in the movie.

Bridget is a 30-something singleton who is in love with her boss Daniel. The story follows her through one year of her life as she is attempting to 1-stop smoking, 2- stop drinking, 3- lose those dreadful 10 pounds, 4-find love etc.

I loved Bridget and her akwardness. Sounds familiar in my own life. Everything she attempts and does is clumsily failed. Bless her heart! I am sure that every woman can relate to Bridget in one way or another....

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fall into Reading 2008

Fall into Reading 2008 is a challenge to read any amount of any sort of books you wish. Super easy. If you would like to read a long and make a list of your own... click on the link above
Here is my list of books to be read...Again I will mark the books that I have read in RED so I can keep track better.

1- Memoirs of a Geisha (H.F. Saint) Also part of another Challenge

2- The Secret Life of Bee's (Sue Monk Kidd)

3- A Ticket to Ride (Paula McLain)

4- Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (James Patterson)

5- The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

This is where I will start. I am also doing another challenge so this should keep me busy and my housework neglected for a while!!! Again, I am sure that I will be writing reviews as I read so check back again!

Friday, September 19, 2008

My First Challenge

I am going to read at least 5 books that were made into movies. It goes from Sept. 1, 2008-Feb. 28, 2009. I am also supposed to watch 2 of the 5 movies.

Here is my list of books.

1-The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

2-Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)

3-Memoirs of a Giesha (Arthur Golden)

4-White Oleander (Janet Finch)

5-Where the Heart is (Billie Letts)

6-Bridget Jone's Diary (Helen Fielding)

7-Bridget Jone's Diary:Edge of Reason (Helen Fielding)

I am going to list the books I have read in red (HA) so I can keep track...

To find out more about the post here is the link: here

New Blog for a New Passion

I started a seperate blog for my reading challenges and the books that I read. I have come to really enjoy sitting down to a book and being taken away by it. So here I will be joining challenges and writing reviews and ect. I am virgin to all of this so bear with my ignorance and stupidity with the links and what not. I am sure I will get it figured out.... so Come and enjoy, and hopefully be inspired to read as well!