Book Reviews…a little overdue.

19 Jul

Eek! I need to get better about doing this! Its been way too long since I’ve updated about the books I have been reading. Lately I’ve been on a streak of only so-so books, so any recommendations will be welcomed!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson: At first, I hated this book. Like, serious hatred. Then, before I knew it, I was totally sucked in. I would find myself grabbing it for 10 or 15 minutes just to see what would happen. It is pretty graphic, but it’s a great murder mystery!!

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans: This is a great, quick read. I read this when I was in junior high (before I was a believer), and I never realized that it was a book about faith, love, and the power of Christ.

Perfect Match by Jodi Piccoult: This book was ah-maz-ing. Its about a boy who is sexually abused, and his family’s response to what happened to him. I cried so hard during this book.

Thin, Rich, Pretty by Beth Harbison: She can really do no wrong in my eyes. Great and amazing chic-lit. Great feel good, quick read. I love her.

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich: Maybe I didn’t like jumping into a series this late in the game, but I just did not enjoy this book at all. Its an ok murder mystery, but it didn’t hold my attention.

The Accidental Bride by Janice Harayda: I hated this! Its about a young engaged woman who suddenly decides that she doesn’t want to get married, and her battle with canceling the wedding. It was supposed to be a comedy, but it wasn’t funny. I had to force myself to get through it.

Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans by Thomas Brothers: This was a great sociological piece on New Orleans in the days of jazz’s hayday. Since I have such a love for that city, I really enjoyed reading this.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: This was an interesting little fluff read. BN gave it away for free to Nook owners, and it was an ok read. Very teen lit, but fun.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: Ooooohh so good!!!! I ADORE this book. I had avoided reading it because I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon, but it was really amazing. It tells the story of the circus in the old days, and the struggles that have taken place to assure the safety of both carnival workers and animals since then. Seriously, its so good. So good.

Beastly by Alex Flinn: I grabbed this because I knew it’d take me only a day or 2 to get through, and I need to catch up on my GoodReads reading challenge. It was a pretty good teen read; a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast in modern days. I found it actually really enjoyable.

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung: Jason and I read through this while debating our decision to move to Washington, D.C. or not. We had very differing opinions. While I liked some portions of it, there are some things about this book that I didn’t enjoy, and some parts that left me discouraged. Jason liked it, my vote is meh.

Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall: Another meh. The story of the young girl pretty much responsible for bringing down the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs. The book will leave you with nothing but sympathy for Elissa, but if you research some, a lot of what she said in the book appears to be sensationalized. I’m torn about this, but it is an interesting look at the inner workings of fundamentalist religious sects.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland: Noooooo. I read this because I am fascinated with New York during the time, Tiffany lampshades, and anything about woman’s equality. However, I now feel like I could put together lampshades, thhe book was so descriptive and technical. I feel like Clara wasn’t a well developed character, no matter how much I wanted her to be (and believe me, I did), and she was only for woman’s equality because she had no other choice, all her men either died or ran away. Overall, it was way to long of a book for not too much enjoyment.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephanie Meyer: This was a pretty neat guide for the 4 books. I really enjoyed the artwork, and the family trees were super handy!

Room by Emma Donoghue: Oh, so good! This is the story of a 5 year old who was born into captivity, and all he has ever known is the tiny prision that his mother and he live in, because she was abducted. Based on the Josef Fritzel case, this book is about their lives in Room, and then outside of Room. Seriously, its so good. You should go read it, like…now!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: After you finish Room, go read this one. This might be one of my favorite books of all time. Written from the perspective of Death, it is about a little girl, stuck in Germany during WWII, and all the things she and her adoptive family must endure through the war because of a military regime they privately loathe, but publicly must pretend to be like every other family. I think many times we focus on the horror that went on in other European countries during the war, and we forget that there were just as many people suffering inside Germany. That not all Germans supported Hitler, and not all Germans hated Jews. Seriously, go read this.

I am currently reading Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. And I promise that its not going to be as long between posts this time.

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