Monday, December 29, 2008

The Kind of Love That Saves You by Amy Yurk

9/10 - Best book about grief I've read so far. I really liked the format. The narrator is writing letters to her unborn child. I thought it was well written and believable. I wish there was a little more at the end, not because I think it would really add to the book, but I didn't want to let go of Sarah just yet.

A to Z New Author Challenge

Woohoo!! Completed!! I've read an author for every letter of the alphabet. That was so fun, I just might do it again.

A - Zorro by Isabel Allende
B - Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg
C - Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
D - The Brothers K by David James Duncan
E - The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
F - The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
G - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
H - The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
I - Compromising Positions by Susan Isaacs
J - Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
K - The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
L - Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
M - The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
N - The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
O - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
P - Little Children by Tom Perotta
Q - One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
R - Why Girls Are Weird by Pamela Ribon
S - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
T - The Book of Joe by Jonathon Tropper
U - Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
V - Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
W - The Rock Orchard by Paula Wall
X - Sky Burial by Xinran
Y - The Kind of Love That Saves You by Amy Yurk
Z - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Zafon

Friday, December 26, 2008

Sky Burial by Xinran

7/10 - Doesn't a Sky Burial sound romantic? Yeah. It's not. I don't want to ruin it for you though. That aside, this was a pretty decent book. I was a little overwhelmed and confused by the political portions. I realize they were pertinent to the story, but I felt like the author dwelled on them in parts and it took away from the romance of the story. However, the discussions of Tibetan culture were enthralling. It's a very quick read, worth your time.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger

5/10 - Just an okay mystery/thriller book. I got annoyed with all main character's inner dialog. It was written like she was talking to the reader, and felt like she was trying too hard to be cute. The characters were not terribly believable, and the plot really wasn't. What else can I say. It fulfilled my U requirement for the new author challenge.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

8/10 - I was surprised by the many similarities between Nefertiti and The Other Boleyn Girl. Both were written from the perspective of the sister of an important icon in history. Both stories focused on a power hungry family and an unstable Monarch. I could go on and on, but I won't. The story was entertaining. I enjoyed hearing about Egypt. I wish there were more fiction novels that focused on ancient Egypt. Not deep reading, but entertaining. I'd recommend it to a friend.