Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Possession by Elana Johnson

I finished this book yesterday. It was recommended to me by a friend who is currently an aspiring author. In a nutshell, it's about what things would be like if the government took over to end poverty, hunger, and all other injustices in the world. To me it was a cross between The Hunger Games and The Giver, but more like The Giver.

I have a hard time visualizing some of the settings described in these dystopian novels. I don't know if it's because there are too many futuristic events going on that I don't get because I haven't experienced them, like "projections" or "transports", or if it's because of my terrible reading comprehension. Either way, I got a little lost in a few places trying to visualize exactly what the characters were doing, and there were one or two slow spots, but overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Whenever I had to put it down to do something else, my mind was thinking about the next time I'd be able to pick it up and read a few more chapters. To me, that's a sign that I'm really into a book.

One last gripe about Possession is that the ending is completely unresolved. I looked up the author to see if she is making a sequel, and it sounds like she is writing a companion novel. You can read about it here if you are interested. I found a small description of this companion novel online, and in the description, it sounds like the author will indirectly answer questions about Possession characters through new characters.

Anyway, if you pick up Possession, let me know what you think!

Emily Bowman

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Thief Lord

My husband picked this book out for me. Usually we don't read the same books, except a few classics, however this book was surprising on many levels. The characters are easy to love and you will be rooting for many of them, even if they aren't all on the same team. This is a youth book, but all ages will enjoy it. I will include a little blurb from the front cover for your enjoyment:
This suspenseful tale begins in a detective's office in Venice, as the entirely unpleasant Hartliebs request Victor Getz's services to search for two boys, Prosper and Bo, the sons of Esther Hartlieb's recently deceased sister. Twelve-year-old Prosper and 5-year-old Bo ran away when their aunt decided she wanted to adopt Bo, but not his brother. Refusing to split up, they escaped to Venice, a city their mother had always described reverently, in great detail.
Hope you like it!
Diane Jaggi

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Book 4

Just finished Harry Potter book 4!  Now I have to wait until we go to the library to get book 5.  I can't put these books down and find the good versus evil thing fascinating.  I see so many aspects of the my beliefs in the stories- so many good life lessons mixed in with an exciting fantasy story.  Looking forward to seeing how this all ends!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew & The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I recently started reading this series with Lincoln. He is at the perfect age to start reading "real" books with/to. It is fun to have one-on-one time reading with him. We've read quite a few books (Moby Dick, Great Expectations, Anne of Green Gables to name a few), but the Narnia book series will be his favorite I bet.

Book one, The Magician's Nephew, was so enlightening. It set major groundwork for the next book. I didn't know what to expect really, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a fun read, but not nearly as intoxicating as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

With book #2, I had a vague memory of the story ... but I certainly don't remember reading it. I think I watched an old school movie. Anyway... the book was GREAT. One night we read from 9-11!! I wanted to keep reading as much as he did!!!!! It has some AMAZING symbolism (if you go deep), and it was fun to watch the movie after and see if it lived up to the book. It did :)

Happy Reading.... Kate

Fire & Graceling: By Kristin Cashore

Fire (a companion book to Graceling) was a great, quick read. It wouldn't really matter which book you read first. Fire... was one of those books that once you hit page 50 you don't want to put it down until your done! I wouldn't rank it above the Hunger Games series, but pretty close. It felt great to get lost in a book again.

Graceling was another great read. I really should space books like this out a little more!!! I checked both books out of the Library at the same time... and by the time I started reading Graceling, I only had 5 days to finish BOTH books. I just couldn't help it! I felt like I would never make it the whole 7 minutes BACK to the library to try and re-check it out again :) ... I know... SO SILLY. But I'm so glad to have that kind of pressure, because it keeps me reading!!!!!

WOA!!! When I was downloading these images off of Goodreads... I saw something VERY exciting!!!

"Book 3, tentatively titled Bitterblue and currently in progress, is a companion book to both Graceling and Fire and takes place in the seven kingdoms six years after Graceling. Bitterblue will tie all three books together in some way. Bitterblue is the sixteen-year-old protagonist, and Katsa, Po, Giddon, Helda, and other characters from Graceling will be part of the fabric of the book. Plenty of fighting still to come! "

WHAT! So excited!! Can you tell. I over exclamation point when I'm excited!!!!! English teachers probably HATE my blog posts:)

Anyway... Read the first two NOW... they are SOOOOOO worth it!

Happy Reading... Kate

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Harry Potter

Almost done with book two.  Enjoying them but wondering what you all think of reading them to kids.  What age do you think is good?  My kids are scared of Disney movies and everything else, I think they would have nightmares for months if I read this to them.  They had me stop reading A Series of Unfortunate Events because it gave them nightmares.  We are reading Matilda right now and they LOVE it but I need some more book ideas to read aloud that Mara and Wyatt will both enjoy.  Anyway- what good books are you all reading????

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I have officially started the Harry Potter series.  Emily couldn't believe I hadn't read any of them and insisted that I start.  I am only a chapter into book one and if I ever finish making my mom's birthday present than I will have more time to dive into these oh so popular books.  I am the only one out there hasn't read these books?

On another note, many of our fellow readers are now reading Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore .  They are talking about getting together soon to discuss them, so hurry and read them so you can join the discussion!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Let's Talk Books

Is anyone reading anything good???? I just finished a 14 book series and need something new and different to read.  Wondering about The Paris Wife- anyone read that yet and if so, what do you think?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

bookclub is tonight!

Tonight is book club at 8:00pm at the Sunset Cliffs Condos clubhouse (durango and pebble) gate code #5899.  This could be the last book club ever.  I am so done with being in charge.  Autumn wants to continue, but it won't work if you don't come and let her know you want it to continue and how you want it to work from now on.  So come tonight- eat, talk, and help Autumn know what you want out of a book club.  oh yeah- if anyone read the books (a tale of two cities and a mother's book of secrets) we will discuss those too.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The End????

It has been close to 4 years now that I have been doing this book club.  We have seen a lot of changes, lots of faces,and read lots of books.  Life is changing at our household- my kids are growing up and wanting to be involved in more things.  This is wonderful but it means changes for myself.  More time will be devoted to French lessons for Mara, Sign Language Lessons for Wyatt, and trying to teach Audrey to sleep- less time will be available to me to be in charge of things like book club.  Is this the end of book club? well that is up to you.

I  am more than happy to hand over the book club reins to someone else if that is what you all want or we can just change the dynamics of this.  Instead of having a set day and time every month for book club, We could meet when someone reads a book they loved and was excited about.  Once they find a book the want to share, they can let us all know about it and those who read it can meet for dessert or something and talk about the book.  Or we can just call it quits and have fond memories of sharing our thoughts and love of books together.  Please let me know what you all want to do. Thank you!

ps- we are still planning on meeting next Thursday at 8pm to do February's books!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

february books

The books for February are (I believe- please let me know if I wrote down the wrong ones!!) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and A Mother's Book of Secrets by Linda Eyre and Shawni Eyre Pothier.  We will meet on February 24th at 8pm at the clubhouse in the Sunset Cliffs Complex.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A few changes

We are moving book club to the 4th Thursday of each month.  I hope that is not a problem for any of you.  We will meet at the clubhouse in my complex at 8:00pm.  This way we will always know where it is and there is no cleaning up for anyone! So this month's meeting date is January 27th.  Hope to see you there!