Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Help

The Help
By Kathryn Stockett

18 hours and 19 minutes
Audio book

Grade A

Sooooooooooooo, I decided I needed to re-read this book. I started it on audio right before my husband and I went out of town for our anniversary. When we got on the road I asked my husband if he would mind if I restarted it. he didn't mind, so I did. And you know what was totally awesome? He GOT INTO IT! He listened to it the whole time we were out of town, and then when we got back, he wasn't done listening, so he would listen on his own, which I totally didn't think he would do.

Ok, so I read this book last year, and when I had recommended it to a friend of mine, I started it again when she did. I TOTALLY fell in love with it all over again. When I finished it, I wanted to start it again right away. That is how you know a good book.

I am pretty sure I cried 5 times more this time than I did last time I read it. I cried because I was so sad that Elizabeth couldn't love her daughter, and I cried because the daily struggles Minnie went through, I cried because Skeeter overcame her obstacles.

This book is just so incredible. The ending is a little eh, but the book as a whole, is just amazing. I will probably re-read it again before the year ends, it's turned into my new Harry Potter haha.

So why are you still here, go RUN to the book store, buy it, read it, and put it on your shelf, because you will want to read it again, and again. And if you don't, I will be sad.


By PC Cast and Kristin Cast

304 pages
read on my Kindle

Yikes, I am kinda behind in my reviews, and it looks like I have neglected my blog for a while. Anyway, Awakened. It's the 8th book in the House of Night series, or what I would like to call "The House of Crack" series. Last year I read this entire series in about two weeks. When this book came out I pre-ordered it so it would be here at my house when I got home from work. Well after everything I ordered at Christmas, Amazon waited to email me the DAY that the book was released saying that my debit card on my Amazon account was expired. Stupid Amazon tried to charge an expired card. So I fixed it so my order would ship. I went in and inactivated the expired card. I then decided that I couldn't wait for the book to get here, so I downloaded it to my Kindle.....where they tried to run the expired card again.....::sigh:: Eventually I got the correct card charged and got my freaking book (obviously). And the day I finished it on my Kindle, it showed up on my front door.

Anyway, it was a good book, not great, but the series isn't life changing, just addicting. The reason why this series drives me banana sangwich is because, yes the books pick up right from the last sentence of the previous book, and they are mostly all action packed, but I HATE that they end the books at such a cliff hanger. I mean, WHAT? I am not going to post spoilers, but how do you END a book that way?!?!?!? And now I have to wait until November to read the next book. UGH.

All I know is that I am going to make sure my debit card info is correct in my account FIRST and then place my pre-order.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days
By Jules Verne

Audio: 7 hours and 51 minutes

Grade B+

Since I am behind in my reviews, so this one won't be as thorough as I would like.

I really really liked this book. It was a re-read for me, but I always enjoy this one. The plus side is that it is also narrated by Jim Dale which is my favorite ever.

I can't wait to start reading this one to my daughter when she gets a little older, I think it will really get her imagination running with all the same adventures. Also I know this book is like a million years old, but it never really felt old. Like Alice in Wonderland was just old, but this one never really was too old.

So there you go, a terrible review of a book I liked a lot. That is what I get for procrastination. Or rather, that is what you get when I procrastinate.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My piles of books

This my friends is my book collection. At least I am sure this is all of it. I could be wrong, but I have books in every little hidey hole around here. I have sorted them into three piles as you can see, a to be read pile, a read pile, and a "I started it but haven't finished it yet" pile. I was really shocked and a little upset with myself that my read pile was so small, but I just have to keep reminding myself that most of the books I read this year were audio from the library, and I also loaned out about 8 books, and I still don't know who has them.

So the stack with three piles are the books that I still have to read. I am ashamed to say, that I will probably not read most of these this year, but you know, I am going to try...

The stack that includes The Stand and Narnia, is my read pile. This pile does not include the HP books or the Series of Unfortunate Events, mainly because we keep those books put up and for show right now. And like I mentioned before, I have loaned out like 8 books this year, and they are all missing, and I have no idea who I loaned them to.

The last and smallest stack that is topped with Johnny Cash's book is the pile that I have started. I have started all these books over the past year (except for the George Carlin book, I started that one before I got married like 8 years ago and didn't even realize I even had it, so I shouldn't even consider it in this stack since I don't even know what the first part is about). I am about 10 pages into most of these and just never picked them up again, but not because they are terrible, but because I would just grab the next best thing and start that one. I WILL finish this stack this year. I have to. I hate looking at it, so for that reason alone I want to get through them.

So well there you go. My crazy stacks of books. I am going to do this again half way through this year and hopefully the stacks will change.