It’s Monday! What are you reading?

First, off this is hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  If you want to participate, head over and join in the fun!

Sorry for the lack of posts this past week.  I tried to get a review posted, but vacation got in the way 🙂   The family and I were in Chicago for Thanksgiving week.  Now, it’s back to the grind.   I have some serious catching up to do! 

Read Last Week:

  • 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

Currently Reading:

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

To Read This Week:

  • Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  • Son of a Witch by Gregory McGuire

 

Published in: on November 30, 2009 at 7:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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New Moon Movie Review

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     I had high hopes for New Moon.  I liked Twilight, but there was so many things that I felt could have been better or different.   The scenes, clips, and trailers I’ve seen for New Moon looked fantastic.  So, I kept my fingers crossed.  I was not disappointed!
     Everything about New Moon was taken to the next level.  The makeup was so much more believable this time around (no shocking white faces)!  The contacts were more what I pictured.   I felt the acting was better (Kristen Stewart did not annoy me as much).  The werewolves were fantastic!!  I was nervous how they would make bear size wolves believable, but they did it.
     I think that I was most surprised by was Michael Sheen.  I had liked what I had seen concerning the Volturi, but nothing prepared me for it.  I thought the whole scene in Volterra was awesome.  Michael Sheen was perfect as Aro.  He was positively creepy!!
     I will probably see it again sometime soon.  And, I can not wait to see what they do with Eclipse!

Published in: on November 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Silent Gift by Michael Landon Jr & Cindy Kelley

The Silent Gift

Title: The Silent Gift
Author: Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelley
Published: October 2009 by Bethany House
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780764203633

Description: The 1930s were a decade of enormous uncertainty–for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of love and enormous sacrifices in the face of circumstances horrendous beyond belief. When her husband leaves her for someone whose time isn’t wrapped up in a silent, handicapped kid, Mary and little Luke are out on their own in a world that has no room for the poor and disabled. Especially not at a time when most Americans are simply trying to survive their economic woes and job losses. But then arrives The Gift…where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who can neither hear nor speak provide comfort, direction, and sometimes challenges to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved Luke. Will it be enough?

I Give This Book 4.5 Stars!

I have to say what first drew me to this book was the author.  But, the description sounded interesting as well.  The first chapter draws you in quickly.  I was a little nervous about the religious connections in this book at first, but the story never came across as preachy.  In fact, I ended up really enjoying that aspect of it.  The story is set in the 30’s, but it felt very modern most of the time.  I think what I ended up identifying most with was Mary and her actions.  She sacrificed everything for her son.  The book was a refreshing change from the normal books I read.  I couldn’t put it down!

* A special thanks to Elliott Wallach from Edify Media for the opportunity to review this book.

Published in: on November 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm  Comments (1)  
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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist (Signet Classics)

Title: Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens
Published: First Published in 1837
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780451529718

Description: One of Dickens’s most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, “Please, sir, I want some more.” After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured readers’ imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time—the terrifying Bill Sikes.
Rife with Dickens’s disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation—and the shocking discovery of his true identity.

I Give This Book 3 Stars!

I struggled a little with this book.  I had a hard time with some of the characters, namely that bad ones.  Now, I like a good villain story as much as anyone.  But, every time something good happened to Oliver, I wanted to cheer!  But, then something horrible would happen, and I wanted to throw the book out the window.  The ending was gruesome, and I just wasn’t expecting it.  I was happy for Oliver when everything finally fell into place, but the story that took place for him to get there was just a strange twist of events.  I’m glad that I read it, but I think I might refrain from Dickens for a while…

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

First, off this is hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  If you want to participate, head over and join in the fun!

Read Last Week:

  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • The Silent Gift by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley
  • The Awakening by L.J. Smith
  • The Struggle by L.J. Smith

I think my favorite of last week was The Silent Gift.  It surprised me!

Currently Reading:

  • Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith

To Read:

  • Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz

In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge Twilight fan (yes I’m one of those people lol!).  So, I plan to reread the series this week before New Moon comes out.

Published in: on November 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm  Comments (2)  
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In My Mailbox!

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi and she was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie!

WON!!

Ruined: A Ghost Story

  • Ruined by Paula Morris

From Paperbackswap

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao    The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel    The Reluctant Queen (Queens of England, #8)

 

  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson
  • The Reluctant Queen (Queen’s of England #8) by Jean Plaidy aka Victoria Holt
Published in: on November 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm  Comments (3)  
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Blog Award: Honest Scrap

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J. Kaye’s Book Blog was awesome to pass this award to me!  My first blog award!!

The rules of this one is to list ten honest things about me and then pass the award on to ten other book bloggers. First for the easy part, to list ten things:

  1. I live in the middle of nowhere in the big state of Idaho.  And for anyone who is curious, that’s the state in the west (I’ve had people think I mean Iowa and Ohio).
  2. We live on a farm/ranch.  I love that my girls get to grow up surrounded by horses, sheep, dogs, cows and of course the great outdoors!
  3. My husband is from Chicago and his family still lives there.  So my girls get a taste of the big city and all it has to offer!
  4. I have 2 girls ages 4 and almost 2.  I’ve been asked how I find the time to do this.
  5. I really would love to have a boy, but have to come to terms with the possibility of having 3 girls first lol!
  6. I’ve been to England (twice), New Zealand, Israel, Jamaica, and Canada.
  7. I can’t wait to travel more when my girls are older!!
  8. I am a very shy person.  I don’t like new situations, new people, or crowds.  Maybe that’s why I like the internet so much!
  9. I started this blog as a way to connect with our people who like to read as much as I do.
  10. Shhhh… Don’t tell any of my University of Idaho friends (where I graduated from), but I really do like Boise State Football!!

And now to pass the award on too:

Polish Outlander
Debbie’s World of Books
One Person’s Journey Through A World of Books
Mindful Musings
Well-Read Reviews
Bri Meets Books
The Eclectic Reader
Bookworming in the 21st Century
Book Fan
Books and Such

 

 

Published in: on November 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm  Comments (4)  
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