For this challenge, you need to read 6 books with 6 different things in the title. Go to The Worm Hole's blog if you want to find out more and play along!
Sunday, January 1, 2017
I think this will be a fun way to read from my tbr pile this year. Visit My Soul Called Life to read more about it.
Who else wants to play?
Monday, December 26, 2016
Hag-Seed is the story of a man who has been usurped as artistic director of a theatre festival. He goes into a self-imposed exile and begins planning his vengeance on the men responsible for his downfall. After several years he gets a new job teaching prisoners Shakespeare, where he finally realizes how he can give retribution with a production of The Tempest.
I loved how the story kept me guessing about how you could really exact revenge on some people with a play. On its own it is an enjoyable story. After reading the book I went back to The Tempest and the play made more sense. Although the book helped me understand the play, reading the play after helped me appreciate a few of the details that I at first felt were a little tidy at the end of the book. I had way too much fun figuring out which character in the book was which character in the play.
I am thankful for The Hogarth Shakespeare project for keeping Shakespeare alive and loved.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
"Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People": And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control by Dennis A. Henigan
Although the author ends with an empowering message, I still feel defeated. Regardless, I would recommend this book as excellent, vomit-in-your-mouth new knowledge, reference-filled nonfiction.
Monday, June 27, 2016
I used this sketch from Sketches in Thyme:rukristin Scrapbook Sleepover Challenges for inspiration.
It took 17 years but I got another favorite story from that special day documented!
Thursday, June 2, 2016
I bet the author is a good campfire story teller. I really wanted to like this book just based on the fact that the black rhino rescue in Zimbabwe is named after Aldo Leopold's land ethic. I just don't feel confident recommending this book to people based on the cover and title, and the lack of scrambling-for-a-nearby-tree moments.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Bibi Blair is too young to be told she only has a year to live. She's in the hospital after being told she has a very rare form of brain cancer when a mysterious man and Golden Retriever visit her in the middle of the night. After the dog licks her hand, she wakes up believing she is cured, and she is. It isn't long before she discovers getting her life back comes at a price. She, in turn, has to save Ashley Bell, a girl she's never heard of.
Leave it to Mr. Kootnz to take us along on Bibi's journey in a suspenseful and exciting way. Don't be put off by the length. If you like Dean Koontz, you will like Ashley Bell.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Although this is a fiction story, I think it gives you an idea of what horse racing is really like if you're not Bob Baffert or Todd Pletcher. Overall I liked this story of racing people and life in their barns, but I had a little hangup. Every other chapter was written in second-person narrative. Those chapters were really about the creepy racehorse owner/bad boyfriend of the groom, and I didn't like being "you" when it was him. It made me feel like I was reading a Choose Your Own Adventure, but without the choices.
It wasn't the best or the worst book I read last year, so you can choose for yourself if you think this book will be a good reading adventure.
P.S. This book counts for my Sports category of the 2015 Eclectic Reader Challenge.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
This retelling of Hansel and Gretel puts a Nazi twist on the classic fairy tale.
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel is more historical fiction than fairy tale though. Hansel and Gretel are two Jewish children hiding from the Nazis in the woods in Poland. They are taken in by a "witch," and the reader is invited to imagine the lives of one small village during WWII. Find out what the bread crumb trail and witch's oven were really about.
Although the story is dark, you can't stop wishing for a fairy tale ending. It was one of my favorite books I read this year.
P.S. This book counts as my Retelling for the Eclectic Reader Challenge.
I struggled for about the first 100 pages of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson. I was expecting the fire and drama of the first two from the series, but felt bogged down by a lot of mob talk and cop talk that didn't interest me. After I made it through those pages though, I was rewarded with an exciting conclusion to the series.
P.S. This counts as my Book Set in a Country Starting with the Letter S (Sweden) for the Eclectic Reader Challenge.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
A book about books (fiction or nonfiction):
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan
Serial killer thriller: Killing for Company: The Story of a Man Addicted to Murder by Brian Masters
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Jane Austen
Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson
A novel set on an island:
The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares
Coastliners by Joanne Harris
Investigative journalism (non fiction): Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
Steampunk sci fi: Serenity 2: Better Days by Brett Matthews, Joss Whedon
(Okay, I read a whole battle on a message board about whether or not Serenity can be considered Steampunk. In the end I would lean toward no, but it definitely has Steampunk elements and I've been wanting to read this graphic novel so...)
Any book shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize:
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Psychology (non fiction): The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes
Immigrant Experience fiction: What is the What by Dave Eggers
YA historical fiction:
The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
Crows and Cards by Joseph Helgerson
A debut author in 2016
Any books you recommend on my list? Want to play along with me?
Friday, December 25, 2015
I'm signing up for the What's In A Name Challenge officially for 2016. I participated unofficially this year and had fun clearing a few books off of my tbr pile. Here are the categories and the books I have on hand that I can use:
The Australia Stories by Todd James Pierce
Lives on the Boundary: A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of America's Educationally Underprepared by Mike Rose
An item of clothing:
The Shoe Queen by Anna Davis
Any Place I Hang My Hat by Susan Isaacs
Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities by Marian Keyes
In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
An item of furniture: Frida's Bed by Slavenka Drakulic
Ranch Schoolteacher by Eulalia Bourne
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
City Girl, Country Vet by Cathy Woodman
Mr. Darwin's Shooter by Roger McDonald
The Nanny Diaries by Emma Mclaughlin
The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow
A month of the year:
The March by E. L. Doctorow
The Door to December by Dean Koontz
A title with the word ‘tree’ in it:
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burn
The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Do you see any on my list that you recommend? Do you want to play along with me?
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
I immediately liked the main character, Christopher Banks, and following him as a child living in Shanghai. I loved reading about his friendship with his neighbor, Akira, and the games they imagined together. Unfortunately Christopher is orphaned when his parents disappear, which brings us to Christopher's story as an adult. He has become a famous private investigator, and has decided it's time to solve the mystery of his parents' disappearance. That's where the story turned for me. It became uninteresting, bizarre, unlikely, and hard to follow.
My book club had the same complaints as me. I think I'm done with Ishiguro. I really want to like him because of all the good reviews he gets, but we just don't click.
P.S. This book counts as my PI Crime book for the Eclectic Reader Challenge.