Friday, April 03, 2015

February and March Reads

Warriors: I Bring the Fire Part V by Carolynn Gockel 2/6/2015
Good Fantasy -  301 page Kindle
When tragedy strikes Amy’s beloved mutt Fenrir, and Odin strikes Bohdi’s best friend Steve, they have to work together again. Amy’s knowledge of science, Bohdi’s talents for theft, and both of their survival skills are put to the test. But more than Steve and Fenrir’s lives are at stake. Amy and Bohdi may unlock the key that saves mankind from the gods … or bring about the apocalypse.
This series captivated my interest and even though Loki is no longer a central character, I've kept reading. There is one more installment and a short story to finish up the series. I've purchased them but haven't made time to read them yet, partly because I don't want it to be over.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand 2/14/2015
Excellent Non-fiction - 473 pages Print
Telling an unforgettable story of Louis Zamperini’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
My 15yo son and I saw the film and were impressed by this story, so I sought out the book to read. My sisters, mom, and aunt all read the book to discuss at our annual weekend together. An enthralling story told well. 

 Saving Grace by Jane Green 3/1/2015
Good Chick Lit - 343 pages Print
Beth McCarthy seems like the perfect assistant for Grace and her famous author husband, but is she too good to be true?
I picked this up at the library when I needed a quick distracting read. 

 The Princess Bride by William Goldman 3/10/2015
Good Young Adult - 512 pages Audio 2 hours 34 minutes
RE-READ (2008) Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.
I adore the film. Love it! But the book doesn't quite hit me the same way. Something about the tone of the narrator is too snarky or too condescending. I read it before a few years back and felt the same way then, so this one isn't on my favorites list. However, it is entertaining and there are layers of the story in the novel that are not in the film.

December's Reads

Just realized I haven't posted December's reads!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 12/8/2014
Good Fiction -  422 pages Print
Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears and Nick is the main suspect. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? (adapted from Amazon summary)
What to say about Gone Girl without giving spoilers? This is a book that stayed with me, but was oddly unsatisfying. That may have been the way Flynn intended it. I'm not sorry I read it, though. 

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 12/12/2014
Excellent Young Adult - 574 pages Audio 13 hours and 56 minutes
RE-READ In 1939 Nazi Germany, young Liesel Meminger lives with her accordion-playing foster father and rough-talking foster mother... and the Jewish man hidden in the basement.
The Book Thief was polarizing at book club. People loved it or hated it. No middle ground. I have read it twice and love the beauty of the language and I appreciated the voice of the narrator and the poignancy of the story. I loved the film as well which was very well-cast.

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer 12/21/2014
Good Young Adult - 368 pages Print
"Teenage Delilah prefers spending her time with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. Then one day Oliver actually speaks to Delilah. Turns out, Oliver feels trapped by his literary existence and is sure there’s more for him out there in the real world. (condensed from summary) "
I enjoyed this creative tale by Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter. Characters in a book interacting with the reader? Yes, please! (I should note that this book is nothing like Picoult's other novels, at least the ones I've read.)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain 12/27/2014
Excellent Non-fiction - 370 pages Kindle
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. ( summary)
This really is a must-read. 

Praying God's Word Day by Day by Beth Moore 12/31/2014
Good Non-fiction - 382 pages Kindle
An inspirational thought and a prayer for each day of the year
I read this throughout 2014.

Believing God Day by Day: Growing Your Faith All Year Long by Beth Moore 12/31/2014
Excellent Non-fiction - 394 pages Kindle
Believing God, a powerful study of Isaiah 43 and Hebrews 11, is now available in a convenient day-by-day reading format, reminding us time and again that God is bigger than we can imagine and faithful to be who He says He is, do what He says He can do, and help us be who He says we are. Believe it! (condensed from summary)
I liked this one better than the prayer one and read it throughout 2014.