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Monday, December 31, 2007

Books From 2007

This post just recaps my leisure and required reading from 2007.

★ ★ ★ Gone -Jonathon Kellerman
Another fabulous Alex Delaware book. I just love this character and the stories around it. Definitely recommend.

★ ★ Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason -Helen Fielding
I had already seen the movie before reading this and at first the writing kind of bugged me but eventually I got into it and it was quite a fun read. Now I need to see both movies again.

Hissy Fit -Mary Kay Andrews
Quick read, and funny characters but reminded me a bit of a romance novel...don't know if it was supposed to be that way or not.

★ ★ Three Weeks With My Brother -Nicholas and Micah Sparks
Quick read and interesting history. I haven't read a lot of the Sparks books but have seen a few of the movies. It was interesting to see an author and their process up close.

★ ★ ★Julie and Julia -Julie Powell
This one was pure entertainment. I was able to understand the characters (although the French cooking sounded not fun at times) and I loved the fictionalized life of Julia Childs added in.

Queen of Babble -Meg Cabot
This one was a fun little read too but at first the main character gave me a headache rambling on and on.

★ ★ The Guy Not Taken -Jennifer Weiner
Fun read. It through me off a bit that the first three stories were related but none of the others were. I had heard poor things about this book but it was still a fun JW read and you can see where some of her other books came from.

★ ★What Do You Do All Day? -Amy Scheibe
Quick read. The main character was easy to relate to and I enjoyed the story line.

Clown Girl -Monica Drake
This one was a bit weird for me. I guess because I don't relate to the life style at all and it was kind of sad the entire time.

★ ★Girl In A Box -Sujata Massey
Enjoyed this little mystery. Character was fun and I might even try to see if I can get my hands on a few more of this series.

★ ★Me & Emma -Elizabeth Flock
Interesting book. Easy characters to get into. Twisty ending...would recommend.

Walking in Circles Before Lying Down -Merrill Markoe
Kind of a strange one. Seemed a bit of a downer.

★ ★ Blood Makes The Grass Grow Green -Johnny Rico
Interesting story. Not many war stories from actual soldiers are from this perspective. I thought it was nice to see both sides.

★ ★ ★Lean Mean Thirteen -Janet Evanovich
These are always fun. If you don't know Stephanie Plum, you should get to know her...she is a lot of fun. I recommend this one as a fast fun read.

★ ★ ★Wyeth at Kuerners -Andrew Wyeth
One of my favorite artists. Received this coffee table book as a gift and have really enjoyed it. Love the explanation of the work.

★ ★ ★ ★ Blaze -Richard Bachman
Of course I loved this one. My favorite author rarely disappoints. Highly recommend if you are a fan.

The Accidental -Ali Smith
I thought this one was a bit weird and really didn't get into it much. I think I even considered not reading it a few times. Wouldn't recommend.

★ ★ Veil of Roses -Laura Fitzgerald
Fun quick read...a bit predictable but still fun. I thought her mom was quite funny.

★ ★ ★ ★Water for Elephants -SSara Gruen
Fabulous book. Highly recommend. I was caught up in the characters from the start and still find myself thinking about them and what they might be doing.

★ ★The Tenth Circle -Jodi Picoult
Decent read. Not my favorite but that is partly because it felt like the end was too rushed and not fleshed out as well as the rest of the plot. Worth the read, for sure.

★ ★ ★The Road -Cormac McCarthy
Loved this story. Reminded me a bit of Stephen King's gunslinger series. You could really get in touch with both the boy and his father. Would highly recommend.

★ ★ ★ ★The Red Tent -Anita Diamant
Great story. What a look into the lives of women from that time, good and bad aspects alike. Great character, you lived right there with her the entire time. Would highly recommend.

★ ★ ★ ★ Three Cups of Tea -Greg Mortenson, and David Oliver Relin
This is a great book....wish I could have that kind of affect on the world. Definitely recommend this one to everyone.

★ ★ The Inheritance of Loss -Kiran Desai
Interesting characters and story. Definitely a peek into another world. Would recommend.

★ ★ Eye Contact -Cammie McGovern
Interesting characters and story. Second book in a row for me with challenged children in it. Nice little mystery.

★ ★ The Pact: A Love Story -Jodi Picoult
Sad but the characters are easy to get into and understand. Plot is well written and the book is hard to put down. Would recommend.

★ ★ ★ Charlotte's Web -E.B. White
Great story. Reread for me but hadn't in a while so it was nice to do it again. Would highly recommend.

Best Friends -Martha Moody
Interesting characters and story. Ending seemed abrupt and not finished.

★ ★ The Memory Keeper's Daughter -Kim Edwards
Interesting characters and story. Plot was long and a bit more drawn out than it needed to be.

★ ★ The Book of Bright Ideas -Sandra Kring
Liked this one a lot as well. Characters were easy to relate to, felt that the ending could have been different but that is because I would like to know what happens next. Would recommend.

★ ★ The Glass Castle: A Memoir -Jeannette Walls
Definitely an interesting story especially considering it is true. The characters were great and easy to get into. Would recommend.

★ ★ The Problem With Murmur Lee -Connie May Fowler
Enjoyed this one...story was interesting, characters were good and plot was believable. Would recommend.

Maybe A Miracle -Brian Strause
This could have been much better than it was...too much God stuff for me but I liked the main character and his sister.

★ ★ ★ Accidental Happiness -Jean Reynolds Page
Enjoyed this one...story was interesting, characters were good and plot was believable. Would definitely recommend.

★ ★ The Hard Life -Ian Irwin
Fun read, a lot like his first blog "The Hard Word" which no longer exists. This book is not currently available from lulu.com but some of his others are.

1 comment:

Joanne said...

We have a lot of the same tastes in books. I should come here more often when I'm looking for something to read. :)

I loved Accidental Happiness and Veil of Roses. I read 10th Circle, but can't remember my opinion on it. etc etc etc. :)