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????