Saturday, April 25, 2009

Review & GIVEAWAY: The Mighty Queens of Freeville

Title: The Mighty Queens of Freeville
Author: Amy Dickenson
Pages: 244
Genre: Memoir
Rating: 3.5/5

The Mighty Queens of Freeville is written by Amy Dickenson who is the advice columnist who took the place of Dear Abby, after Abby's passing. This memoir chronicles her life and how she got to be where she is today.

When Amy had a small daughter, her husband left her. She was living in London at the time, so she packed up and moved back to her home in Freeville, NY. She tells of her family and how it consists of strong women. All the men have left. The story had a feeling of Steel Magnolias meets The Secret Life of Bee's. There are so many good things about the book, good quotes, good life lessons, stories of the power of women (go us!), and also some struggles and loneliness along the way.

At times the story seemed a little redundant, but that feeling quickly passes. This was a very easy read, quick to get through, lighthearted, and pleasant. I overall enjoyed the reading. It was a nice change from Tess of the D'Ubervilles. (Did anyone else find that one hard to read, or is it just me?) This book is a great choice for a Read-A-Thon (hint, hint) which means that I will be giving it away!!!!

I won this book from Jessica, again THANK YOU! and now I will be passing this along to someone else! All you need to do to enter is...
1. Tell me about an influential woman in your life.

2. Email address please!!!

I will have a winner May 1st
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Also reviewed by:

Laura@ReadingReflections
Jessica@Bluestocking Society
Bermudaonion
Word Lily

Monday, April 20, 2009

Read-A-Thon 2009

Yes, I know I am a little late with posting this. The Read-A-Thon (RAT) was a great success! I want to give a HUGE thank you to Trish, Hannah, and Nymeth. They organized everything so well. I know I am not alone in saying this, but this RAT was so much fun this year. All of this would not have been possible if not for the lovely ladies mentioned above. I was unable to participate as a reader this year, but I tried to cheer as much as I could. I really appreciated reading all of the updates and the silly video's here, and here.

I am really looking forward to the next go around. I will participate as an "official cheerleader" next time instead of just doing it all on my own.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Review: The Kite Runner


Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Pages: 371
Genre:Historical Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5

T
his book was such an easy read, because I was always interested in the story line. There was always something that kept my attention and interest. Amir is the main character of the story and we follow him as he grows up in Afghanistan with his servant's son Hassan as his "best friend". They spend all of their days together, but in a way Amir is quietly ashamed to be friends with a Hazara/Servant. Then one day something happens that changes their relationship, and because of Amir's disloyalty to Hassan, he is too ashamed and haunted by what has happened. Amir tries everything he can to get rid of them but his father is too attached to Hassan and his father to let them go. Eventually, Amir and his father need to flee to America because of the government unrest. The story spans about 25 years total of Amir's life.

This book is a great story of life lessons. There is a couple of great quotes and I am a sucker for quotes!

"...lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping him in a turmoil of uncertainty."

"I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night."


I
loved this book for a couple of reasons. First, I thought I could predict how the storyline would flow and was thrown off every single time. Also, I know nothing of Afghanistan and the cultures there. This book inspires me to want to learn all I can about this country, the history, the culture, the people, the government, everything. Another thing I really loved about this book is you get to see how this character has developed over the span of his life. You see how he grows, matures, realizes what is important, and who really matters in the end. Such a great read.