Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 8

Most overrated book… The Selection series by Kiera Cass I picked these because they could have been so much better. Too much fluff and not enough substance. The story itself wasn’t bad, but it needed a bit more grit. It was designed to be a dystopian story, but it lacked that sense of urgency that a dystopian story needs. Continue reading Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 8

Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 4

Favorite book in your favorite series… So, as stated my favorite series is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Which one is my favorite though? That’s a hard one to answer. If I had to choose, it would probably be a tie between the first book, Outlander and the eighth book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. Obviously I loved the first book because I went on to read the next ones. If you know the series, you know that these are not exactly light reading. I think the shortest one is something like 1200 pages…. I really liked the … Continue reading Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 4

Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 3

Your favorite series… Hands down the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon I love the historical context and all the detail. (Book 5 has a bit too much detail, as it takes 100 pages or so for one day, but really no complaints.) Yes, I watch the Starz series based on the books, and yes, I love it. The show stays very true to the books. I am anxiously awaiting the next book to come out! Continue reading Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 3

Book Review #39

So, it’s been a while since I posted a book review, but I read this while on a plane and had to say something about it. This is a “prequel” to Practical Magic. You do not have to know the story from Practical Magic in order to understand what this book is about. First, let me say that I’m not sure I liked the style of writing. It is a bit jumpy and at a few points, I was not sure who the narrator was, as it jumps back and forth, but all in a third person view point. I … Continue reading Book Review #39

Book Review #35

Back to the classics. Mansfield Park is probably #3 for me in Austen’s books. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and then Mansfield Park. Fanny Price is a compelling character. The reader can relate to her struggle to fit in/be seen by her aunt and uncle and cousins. She comes from a lower class than her rich cousins. So she is in essence a charity case for them. Even though she is raised as one of them, she is clearly seen as an outsider. She is courted by a man whi believes that she could not do better than him, … Continue reading Book Review #35

Book Review #33

One thing that Emily Giffin does well is write about real life situations. She doesn’t sugar coat the bad stuff. She brings it up to the forefront. It’s in your face, you have to deal with it. This being said, this book was exactly what I was expecting it to be. Now whether that is good or bad, I’ll let you decide that part. I enjoyed the story, if a bit predictable. I’ll admit, there were a few spots in the book that were hard to read, I’ve been through similar experiences, and it makes stuff like that hard to … Continue reading Book Review #33

Book Review #22

Okay, last one for today… Such a smooth writter. You may be familiar with the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. I am, (and must say I thoroughly enjoyed all of the books) so when this book became available from Book of the Month, of course I ordered it.  If you read the Pink Carnation, this is not the same thing. It is set around 1900 and yes it is full of murder and intrigue, though no clumsy spies. Sorry to disappoint.  The novel is written from two different viewpoints and flows nicely.  I really liked the twist at the … Continue reading Book Review #22

Book Review #20

Is it true that everyone reads Danielle Steel? That was a slogan they used to sell her books (and I think they still use it). I’ll admit that I’ve read my fair share of her novels. If you are a fan, this one does not disappoint. A young girl is orphaned in France and is sent to live with an aunt she’s never met. She grows up very poor and almost abused as a result. She is in college when she finds out that she is really an heiress. Once this happens, she decides to go back to France to … Continue reading Book Review #20

Book Review #6

Something different… I received this book in one of those book of the month boxes. Most of the books they send are solidly in the YA catagory. This book, is not. It starts out like a YA with the storyline of a girl who is struggling to pay her rent, her father’s medical bills, and generally make ends meet. One of her friends tells her she looks like this famous actress and then signs her up as a body double type of thing. So she basically gets thrown into a scheme that requires her to pretend to be this famous … Continue reading Book Review #6