Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lovely Bones

When I started seeing previews for the Lovely Bones movie, I decided that I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie.  There was so much hype about it and there was even a waiting list at the library, it seemed like many people were in the same boat as I was and I wonder if they had the same reaction as I had.  
It was slow.
It was weird.
The beginning has potential to be a really good book. The middle I found to be only OK, and the end was just disappointing. With 50 pages left in the book, I was still waiting for it to start.  It was not at all what I expected it to be and now I doubt I'll see the movie.  Movies are typically worse than the books, and this book wasn't even all that great to begin with.  Definitely a miss.

Curl Up With a Book in a Nook

I love technology, it is a great thing, and I could not live without my computer.  However there are some times when it just goes too far.  This little gadget called "Nook" recently got my attention.  It is trying to make books obsolete, why would you want to get rid of perfectly good, solid books that can't run out of batteries.  I understand that it small and convenient and people love their gadgets, I love my gadgets too.  Maybe I'm just a little old fashioned, made to be born in a different century.  But I just think these things are unnecessary.  Don't be deceived by my title, curl up with a real book in an actual nook.  Might as well just get a iPad (you can do more with it at least).

SHH, Your In a Library

On any given day I could spend hours at Barnes and Nobles browsing through the bookshelves,  sipping their overrated coffee from their overpriced cafe.  I love the way books feel in my hands, crops pages, covers that haven't been bent or mutilated by younger siblings and everyday life (I have 5 younger sisters).  I could read book jacket after book jacket and when I leave I walk out empty handed except for more titles on my ever-growing book list.  

I used to spend all my money on books, until reality hit, along with a bunch of bills.  Then one day while flipping through my wallet, I rediscovered my once treasured and now abandoned a library card. It hit me that I could read all the books I wanted for free! Who would have thought?  Going to the library has been the best thing, and even if it doesn't have the book I want I can get it sent over from another one.  So don't forget about the library its a great way to expand your mind without expanding your debt.  Now just don't wrack up a huge late fee. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Don't let the title fool you, this was actually a great book.  I won't lie, I often judge books by their cover, contradictory to the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" or in this case by the title.  I thought the title was kind of lame, it didn't hook me right away.  Despite this, I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.  My conclusion: this novel was amazing!

I could not put this one down.  It was an adventurous tale of two young women in the 18th Century.  Nancy is the daughter of a British Plantation Owner trapped by a horrible arranged marriage. Minerva is her sister and a slave on the plantation.  They run away from their troubles to a life of piracy.  Celia Rees made this into such a believable masterpiece that I didn't even find it cheesy.  It is full of suspense, romance and thrills.  It's like taking a peak into the past with vivid descriptions of their clothing, the riches, and colorful scenery.

Rees chose two strong, empowered women who break the bounds of gender, race, and social position to follow their own path.  I was sucked into their world, each time I came out of the book as if I just sailed the seven seas.