Sunday, November 23, 2008
So here's what I've been reading:
The Cure for Modern Life by Lisa Tucker (3 stars)
The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty (4 stars)
Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins (3.5 stars) (ARC, review to follow)
Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas (4 stars) (ARC, review to follow)
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlan (4 stars)
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (3.5 stars)
Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russell (3.5 stars) (ARC, review to follow)
Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble (4 stars)
Big Boned by Meg Cabot (4 stars)
Hidden Truths by Brenda Youngerman (3 stars) (ARC, review to follow)
Lady Flatterley by Linda Wagner (ARC, review to follow)
The Dragonfly Secret by Clea and John Adams (ARC, review to follow)
Hoo, Hoo- Who is in My Tree? by Megan Miller (ARC, review to follow)
I am currently reading Cage of Stars by Jacqueline Mitchard.
So I have 7 reviews to write until I am caught up. After that I'm on reviewing hiatus until after the new year! Hopefully I'll catch up soon.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Last week I asked what was the most popular book in your library- this week I'm going to ask about the most unpopular books you own. Do you have any unique books in your library- books only you have on LT? How many? Did you find cataloging information on your unique books, or did you hand-enter them? Do they fall into a particular category or categories, or are they a mix of different things? Have you ever looked at the "You and none other" feature on your statistics page, which shows books owned by only you and one other user? Ever made an LT friend by seeing what you share with only one other user?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Today's Question: What's the most popular book in your library? Have you read it? What did you think? How many users have it? What's the most popular book you don't have? How does a book's popularity figure into your decisions about what to read?
Answer: The most popular book in my library is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I read it a few years ago and really enjoyed it. 23, 314 other LTers have it in their library. The most popular book(s) I don't have are the Harry Potter books. I don't think a book's popularity figures into my decision to read which books at all.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I do tag books that I've read in my library with descriptions about the books subject. I also tag books that are in my library that I want to read as "wishlist". I don't really think we need standardized tags because there are so many tag options that someone may think of a ag for a book that no one else would, but is still a good tag.
My top 5 tags are:
read years ago - This indicates to me that I didn't read the book in 2007 or 2008.
wishlist - Books on my list to buy and read
read in 2007 - Self explanatory
own? - Books I have read but I can't find in my library
motherhood - Books about life as a mother
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Tuesaday Thingers is a group of Librarything Early Reviewers that have book blogs. We have a webring (see booksandblogs link on the right). We are also doing a weekly question that we all will answer on our blogs.
Today's Tuesday Thingers question is:
Why LT? Why did you choose to open and maintain an LT account? Do you/did you use other online cataloging/social networking sites, like GoodReads or Shelfari? Do you use more than one? Are they different or do they serve different purposes?
I chose Librarything after I saw the link on someone else's blog. I had never catalogued my books before. I thought the task would be too daunting, too difficult. But once I found LT, I saw how easy it was. I really enjoy keeping track of what I have read. It makes me feel a sense of accomplishment to keep up with how many (and which) books I've read. Because I'd never kept track of them before, in the past I would find myself buying and start reading a book, only to realize that I've read that book before. Now I don't have that problem. I loved how I could read reviews of books and see what other books might interest me. I haven't ever used any other cataloguing site so I am not familiar with those at all.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?
This is really hard for me. My favorite books in the past have been chicklit, although I'm trying to branch out more. And most of those authors that I like a lot only write one or two books. So it's really hard to pick just one! I like Meg Cabot, Jennifer Crusie, Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, Jane Green, Marian Keyes, Philippa Gregory, Sarah Mlynowski, Wendy Markham, Anne Rice and Alexandra Ripley. I guess out of that "short list" (ha ha) my favorite is Sophie Kinsella. Her books are such funny, light reads. I really enjoy them.
2. Who was your first favorite author, and why?
My first favorite author was Lucy Maud Montgomery who wrote the Anne of Greene Gables books. I loved those so much as a little girl.
3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
My most recent addition would be Philippa Gregory. I have only read 2 of her books so far but there are 3 more that I'm dying to read when I have time.
4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?
I guess, see my list in #1. With some of those on my list, I went through a phase where I read all of their books and no others. I loved those books so much. And while I haven't read them since, I still remember the stories fondly and consider that author one of my favorites.
5. Tagged: I can't find anyone else to tag! If you haven't done the author meme yourself, consider yourself tagged by me!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This was a good book with a good story and characters that were likeable and believable. It was about a high school shooting done by a bullied student and about victims, perpetrator, and their families. The story was quite slow moving for most of the book. I enjoyed the story, but I feel that the book could have been shorter and faster. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I normally do books by Picoult, because it was so difficult to get through. But it was overall a good book.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Anyway, please bear with me as I read as fast as I can. I have lots of new reviews coming up!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
This was the second book I have read by Gregory. I absolutely loved The Other Boleyn Girl, so I was excited to read this book. This book focuses on Jane Boleyn, the wife of George Boleyn (Anne Boleyn's brother); Anne of Cleves, Henry VII's 4th wife; and Katherine Howard, Henry VII's 5th wife. Gregory does a good job showing each of the women's characters for who they really are. They are each very different with distinct personalities and depth of character. Katherine Howard is a silly, young, very shallow girl who became queen at a very young age, only to be put to death a short time later by a power hungry king. Anne of Cleves was a good queen and a strong woman . Jane Boleyn was a scheming woman who betrayed her husband and others in the hope of gaining more fortune and power for the Boleyn family. Seeing how these three women interact with each other and how their story plays out to make their mark in history is very interesting. Henry VII also has changed since I first "met" him in The Other Boleyn Girl (TOBG). He is now in very bad health, overweight and much older and all of these things cause him to be more temperamental and at times he appears to be mad with power. Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was interesting to find out what happened to the other characters in TOBG. I didn't quite like it as much as TOBG because there wasn't a character I liked or identified with as much as Mary Boleyn. But I did enjoy the book and I do look forward to reading more about the Tudor period and more of Gregory's other books. A solid 4 stars.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
I loved this book! This has to have been one of the best books I've ever read. I seriously could have read another 600+ pages about this family. I am so fascinated by everything that went on during this time period and all the intricacies in the relationships. I loved that the book was written in a more modern language, less flowery then most historical fiction. I could not put it down. I was not very familiar with this time period and I couldn't remember my history well enough to remember what happened to Anne Boleyn. So the ending was a surprise to me. I am now starved to read more of Gregory's historical fiction novels. 5 stars!
Secrets of the Hollywood Girls Club by Maggie Marr
This book was about a group of friends all living and working in the movie industry in Hollywood. This book is the sequel to a previous book about the same characters. I wish I had read the first book first because I did not know the history or back story between all the characters and I didn't feel that it was properly explained in this book. I had to guess at the relationships and history at first. The storyline was kind of jumbled and meandering, but I did enjoy the overall story. I liked most of the main characters, although a few of them I didn't feel I knew enough about so they seemed kind of one-dimensional. I cared enough about them to find out what happened and I was satisfied with the resolution at the end of the book. The book was not bad, but it requires work from the reader who has to piece together what is happening in the story so they know what is going on. 3 stars.
The Expected One: A Novel (Magdalene Line) by Kathleen McGowan
I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow moving but I really enjoyed the mystery once it sped up. I was intrigued by the claims in the book and am interested in reading the next books in this series and researching the validity of the sentiments. I don't usually read religious oriented fiction like this, but I do like history and I found the book very interesting. 4 stars.
What Do You Do All Day? by Amy Scheibe
This book was a really funny romp through the good, bad and ugly sides of motherhood. Often times I was rolling at how hilarious and right on target the anecdotes about everyday life as a mother. The actual storyline was a little slow and meandering, but I was distracted by that, and therefore didn't mind, because the book was so funny. I really enjoyed this book. 4 stars.
Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
I was somewhat dissappointed that this book didn't have more romance. I rarely read true romance novels so when I did decide to try one, it was lacking in that department. It was a long book with a slow, drawn out (but really simple) plot. The language was a little too melodramatic and flowery for me. It wasn't terrible though and it did keep my interest until the end. 3 stars.
True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
I really enjoyed this book. It was a really simple, sweet story with complex, yet likable characters. I enjoyed the mystery and romance involved. I was a tiny bit disappointed that the end wasn't less predictable and I wish it had more plot resolution. Overall, a pretty good book, though. 4 stars.
The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer
I really enjoyed this book! It was a really cute story about learning to like yourself for who you are. The main character goes through a major weight loss transformation which leads to major change in her personal life. I liked her character and could identify with her weight issues. The romance was very sweet as well. Overall, a really good book. I'll be on the lookout for others by this author. 4 stars.
Double Down by Tess Mira
I wasn't expecting too much out of this bargain book from an author I'd never heard of. The blurb on the back really did not describe too much, but I decided to take the "gamble". It was a really good book! The main character was really easy to relate to, likable and easy to forgive for her shortcomings. The other characters had a lot of depth and dimension. The story was a really unpredictable, good romantic story. I really enjoyed this book. I'll be looking for other books by this author. 4 stars.
What a Girl Wants (Ashley Stockingdale Series #3)… by Kristin Billerbeck
A really cute book! I enjoyed the main character's morals, values, sense of humor and sense of style. I really enjoyed the humor and deep personalities of the characters in this book and the cute storyline. The characters reminded me of people I know. I liked that this was a Christian fiction book even though I haven't read one of those in a long time. It was a breath of fresh air. I'll definitely read the sequel and any subsequent sequels to this book. A good read! 4 Stars.
The Gatecrasher By Madeleine Wickham
Madeleine Wickham is a pseudonym for Sophie Kinsella, the author of the Shopaholic series. I really like Sophie Kinsella's books normally. They are light, easy reads with very likable leading ladies as the main characters. However, this book, written under the pseudonym of Madeleine Wickham, was not as good as her other books. The main character just wasn't very likable and didn't really have me pulling for her. The story was good and the other characters were likable. The book just lacked that something that made it a good book. 3 stars.
There's No Place Like Here by Cecilia Ahern
This book was not at all what I expected it to be. I wasn't expecting the fantasy element added in and was a little weary because I don't usually read books that are not realistic. But I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the book and I felt the characters were well thought out and well written. I thought this was a great book! 4 stars.