Another good one from Janet Evanovich. Unfortunately, though, not quite as good as the previous fifteen.
I love Stephanie Plum and her antics and these...moreAnother good one from Janet Evanovich. Unfortunately, though, not quite as good as the previous fifteen.
I love Stephanie Plum and her antics and these books always give me a fit of giggles. Not so much this time, unfortunately. It was cute and entertaining and certainly funny, but not so much as in the previous books.
And, frankly, I'm getting a bit tired of the three-ring circus of Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli. It's time to cut Morelli loose and move forward. Morelli's a great guy, but he's far too controlling and irritable. What Stephanie needs is someone who allows her to be who she is and doesn't get all worked up about her inability to stay out of trouble. That someone would be Ranger and it's time for Stephanie to pay her dues. :)(less)
Very different. I'm not sure I hated it, but I can't say I liked it...and yet I couldn't put it down.
I had a lot of problems with this book on many l...moreVery different. I'm not sure I hated it, but I can't say I liked it...and yet I couldn't put it down.
I had a lot of problems with this book on many levels, but most importantly with the "selfishness" of Elspeth. Her final actions seemed entirely incongruent with the Elspeth we'd come to know from the book and from her descriptions by secondary characters concerning her life.
Good read. I won't forget it soon, but I don't think I'd put it at the top of my list of recommendations for others. (less)
I'm not sure what to say about this book. I didn't care for it overmuch, but I didn't dislike it.
The premise of this story was basically a peek inside...moreI'm not sure what to say about this book. I didn't care for it overmuch, but I didn't dislike it.
The premise of this story was basically a peek inside the daily lives of a family whose daughter has gone missing and how they handle the loss and not knowing for two years before discovering her remains. With that in mind, I'm not sure how one actually LIKES a book like this.
I don't have any criticism of the author, his writing, or the story itself, except to say that it didn't appeal to me. I never really felt a strong connection to the characters, which was really unfortunate because, without that connection, I had trouble relating to them and feeling empathy.
I guess the bottom line for me is that I had difficulty finding anything likable about most of the characters, so a daily diary of how they were dealing with their child's disappearance didn't evoke the feelings it should've and left me distracted and my mind wandering.
With 2012 beginning, I made a resolution to not make resolutions. Instead, I have chosen to endeavor to complete projects. Somehow that seems a little...moreWith 2012 beginning, I made a resolution to not make resolutions. Instead, I have chosen to endeavor to complete projects. Somehow that seems a little more doable than a resolution. Yeah-yeah...it’s all semantics and it’s just a word game I’m playing with myself, but there ya have it. This year, my primary endeavor is to finally make a dent in the stacks upon stacks of books I’ve collected over the years; books I just had to have right at the exact moment that I purchased them, and have since then waited patiently on book shelves or in boxes for me to finally pick them up and do more than examine their covers.
With this endeavor in mind, I selected a book from my shelf that was purchased nearly two years ago. I remember exactly where I was and the specific circumstances that led to its purchase, and I remember how excited I was to bring it home and get started on it. I was in the midst of another book or series at the time, and so I lovingly placed it on my book shelf where it has waited patiently these last two years to be remembered. That book was Roses by Lelia Meacham.
When I think of the many disappointing books I’ve selected to read since then, while this one gathered dust on my bookshelf, I could kick myself. How many times have I gone in search of a really excellent read only to bypass this masterpiece of fiction on my bookshelf? Spanning nearly a full century, Roses is the story of three families in a small East Texas town. Descended from French Nobility and the English Houses of York and Lancaster - famous for the 16th Century “War of Roses” - the three families are bonded by their trek across America in search of land in the new country, and become the new aristocracy in the small Texas town. As they arrive in what would become Howbutker, Texas, they set aside the segregation of the their family roses and blend the roses to have new meaning that would become tradition for their future families, and would be passed down for generations A red rose would signify the asking of forgiveness, a white rose would signify that complete forgiveness has been granted, and a pink rose signifies that no forgiveness would be forthcoming. No words would need to be spoken; simply the exchanging of the appropriate rose would convey the entire message. And so began the story of the Tolliver, DuMont and Warwick families. Reviews of this book have boasted its similarity to Gone with the Wind, but I find those reviews to be not only overly generous, but completely unfair. How can you compare a book to Gone with the Wind without setting an unfair expectation for the reader? Those who love the original will be satisfied with nothing less, and still others will be expecting a certain style of writing and overall plot. While there are certainly similarities between the two books, Roses doesn’t need to be compared to Mitchell’s classic in order to be loved and endure the test of time. It will stand on its own as a masterpiece of a family saga.
While Roses spans several generations, the primary focus of the book is on Mary Tolliver and the inheritance of her family's cotton plantation she receives from her father upon his death. This inheritance - which excluded her mother and older brother - would change the life of not only Mary, but her relationships with her mother and brother, and eventually will define her relationships with her dearest friends in the world, Ollie DuMont and Percy Warwick.
Roses is beautifully written and was impossible for me to put down. Though it exceeded 600 pages in length, I was never once bogged down by details or felt the need to skim a few pages to “get to the point.” In fact, as the book drew to a close, I was sad to see it end. The unwavering love, friendship, and forgiveness between the Tollivers, DuMonts and Warwicks were beautifully imagined and written, and they will not soon be forgotten. Without a doubt, this will be one of the top five books I’ll read in 2012. What a great way to start the new year! (less)
This probably wasn't the very best book I've ever read, but it rates a full 5-stars because it kept me completely guessing and reading in anticipation...moreThis probably wasn't the very best book I've ever read, but it rates a full 5-stars because it kept me completely guessing and reading in anticipation until the very last page. There were so many twists and turns that there were twists and turns on top of twists and turns. And just when I thought I had it all figured out, I got thrown another twist and turn, taking me down a completely different ally.
A really good read and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries and books that leave you wondering until the last page whether ANY of the characters are the good guy.
I really enjoyed this one, probably better than the previous three in the series. I've really grown to like Aurora Teagarden...looking forward to the...moreI really enjoyed this one, probably better than the previous three in the series. I've really grown to like Aurora Teagarden...looking forward to the next book.(less)
I'm not big on self-help/inspirational books. Generally speaking, I avoid them at all costs. I'd rath...moreI absolutely loved this book...every single word.
I'm not big on self-help/inspirational books. Generally speaking, I avoid them at all costs. I'd rather eat shards of glass, to be honest. But, after seeing the YouTube video of Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture," I thought I'd give this one a try.
I loved it and wish I could send a copy to every single person I know. It has such great advice for life. I think every graduate ought to have a copy. It's filled with every life lesson you hope you can pass along to your children before they leave your home, as well as excellent advice on parenting and life in general.
Great book. I wish I could've known Randy Pausch before his passing...I loved pretty much everything he had to say.(less)
The only way I can describe this book is to say that it feels like the ramblings of a depressed and mentally ill teenage boy. And, with that in mind,...moreThe only way I can describe this book is to say that it feels like the ramblings of a depressed and mentally ill teenage boy. And, with that in mind, I'm trying to understand what the allure for this book is. Why is it required reading in so many schools when there are so many better choices out there? With this book on many required reading lists, its no wonder so many kids hate to read. There was simply no point to this book.
While this was an easy read, it wasn't one that I'd call a page-turner by any stretch of the imagination.
The main character, Holden Caulfield, is a fairly typical teenage boy except to say that he's lazier and more negative than any teenage boy I've ever known. He has no real goals for the future, and I think the author pretty much captured that with his writing style. There was no build-up or anticipation for any great thing to happen. It was more a narrative of his day-to-day doings when he decides to leave school earlier than the release date.
I often wondered if this kid suffered with what we now recognize as a Aspergers, a high-functioning form of autism. Basically, he had few social skills and completely missed social cues. More than that, even, he'd become fixated on a particular topic and would ramble in endless paragraphs about that particular topic. And, just when you thought he'd gotten over his obsession with a particular topic, he'd revisit it in a later chapter.
Overall, I didn't care for this book. The only really good thing about this book is that it was a quick read. (less)
I guess I liked this book alright, but it's not one I would recommend as a "must read." For the genre - young adult/fantasy/vampi...moreMeh - this was okay.
I guess I liked this book alright, but it's not one I would recommend as a "must read." For the genre - young adult/fantasy/vampires - there are a lot better choices out there.
While I like the idea behind this book, I'm struggling with the storyline and I don't feel that the author does a sufficient job explaining where she's going with things that lead up to the climax. Throughout the book there are "clips" or "letters" that make no sense whatsoever to the storyline at present and only become clear at the book's end...at which point the reader has already forgotten what was in those letters/clips and has the need to go back and reread them to bring everything together.
I guess I'm not sure I'll continue to read this series, and I'm not sure it's one I would suggest to a friend wo enjoys this genre.(less)
I really enjoyed this 7th installment of the "House of Night" series. Once I mentally caught up with where the last book left off, I was totally hooke...moreI really enjoyed this 7th installment of the "House of Night" series. Once I mentally caught up with where the last book left off, I was totally hooked. The characters are fun and some of the relationships more complex than you'd expect from a YA novel.
A good story that kept me reading and wanting to know how it'd end. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA novels, or who has a current fixation with the new vampire trend in novels.(less)
Much to my surprise, these books are becoming strangely addictive. I read the first one (Blue Bloods) and thought it was okay. I'd already bought this...moreMuch to my surprise, these books are becoming strangely addictive. I read the first one (Blue Bloods) and thought it was okay. I'd already bought this one and the one that follows (Revelations), so I figured I'd go ahead and read them since I had them. Honestly, I'm glad I did.
Much of this book is really weird and difficult to swallow, but the author does a nice job with the main characters, mostly Schuyler, Oliver and Bliss. I'm interested to see where the next book in this series leads us.
I would recommend this book to teen readers who enjoy something a little off-beat and fantastical.(less)
I really hated this book. I got 2/3 through and finally put it down. I've been told that it's a hilarious book, but I found very little humor in it. T...moreI really hated this book. I got 2/3 through and finally put it down. I've been told that it's a hilarious book, but I found very little humor in it. Truthfully, it probably IS funny, but doesn't appeal to my own sense of humor. (less)