I used to do book reviews on my blog, but I haven't done one since last September. I don't like to give away anything about the stories I read. I have found that it diminishes the experience for me. The books I have enjoyed the most have been the ones I picked up not knowing or expecting anything. It has gotten so important to me not to know that I have even stopped reading jacket covers, because for me they reveal too much.
I have made the decision to go from book reviews to posting a book list once a month or every other month to give a list of what I've read and weather or not I recommend the book. I may add my thoughts about the author or something, but I won't say much about the stories if I think it gives too much away. But who am I to judge what is too much to say? I may not say anything...
If you find you have read one of the books on my list please leave a comment for me as I love to hear and read opinions of books after I have read them. Or if you have read a good book feel free to give me recommendations, but please no plot.
This first one will be longer than others because it is several months worth. Here we go:
The Giver by Lois Lowry - I really liked this book even though it was a bit weird. It gave me some interesting insights and freaked me out at parts.
Fablehaven and Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull - I was reluctant to pick these up because I knew they were fantasy and I from what I had heard I felt like the author was riding on the coat tales of Harry Potter, who, you all know, is VERY near and dear to my heart. Then I found that the author is local and I like to support local artists (unless they write romance) so I gave them a try. I fell in love during the first book. They have a completely different tone than the books about Harry. So far, I have found them very enjoyable. I've just started the third book.
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson - LOVED IT!!!
Hot Lunch by Alex Bradley - This was a Utah Beehive nomination so I picked it up and found it a pleasant read. Very entertaining.
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson - I liked this book.
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson - LOVED IT!!!
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier - This was the October Book Club Pick. I liked this book, and I really liked discussing it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - This was a good book, but it's one that someone recommended to me and gave away a key element or two, so I don't feel like I got the full experience of figuring things out for myself.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin - November Book Club Pick. I enjoyed reading this book. It's non fiction which is not really my thing but I really loved this book.
What Became of Her by M.E. Kerr - This book was okay. I feel like it was missing something.
The Sister by Poppy Adams - I loved this book, though it was really, really weird.
Hallelujah by J. Scott Featherstone - December book Club Pick. This was a good book because of the subject matter. I enjoyed reading it though I didn't really care for the authors writing style or his repetition.
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - LOVED IT! There has been a lot of buzz about this local author in the circles I travel in. I gave her a try and I have been really impressed. Her writing is refreshing and very entertaining. I have been reading a lot of her books lately. All of her books are in demand here, I have to get on the library's waiting list for each of them. If I had daughters I would be purchasing them.
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale - LOVED IT! This is a companion book to the Goose Girl so read the Goose Girl first.
The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho - This book was strange and I'm still not sure if I liked it or not.... I'm leaning toward not.
The Tales of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling - Of course I liked this book. It's a fun little companion to the Harry Potter series and I especially like the format and "contributors". And it was a fund raiser for a charity - it can't get much better than that. I also have two little pamphlet type books that J.K. did about eight years ago for another charity fundraiser, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them. They are fun little reads that, like The Tales of Beedle, give a little extra insight into Harry's wizarding world.
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary - I read this to Sam at night one chapter at a time. It was fun and we both enjoyed it.
The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis - January Book Club Pick. I really like this book. I recommend it to all women. I liked our book club discussion as well, though I don't feel like we had the time we needed to cover it all (we went on a lot of tangents).
Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale - LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT! So far this has been my favorite Shannon Hale book. It was wonderful!!!
In the last 5 months I have also re-read the Harry Potter 4-7 books and if you haven't read them WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!!!
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