Monday, March 31, 2008
What a unique book. I finished this book in the wee hours of the morning and it was great. Dashti, the lady's maid whose book of thoughts is the text for this novel, keeps you reading. Beautifully written, Hale proves herself more and more with each book that she is a gifted writter - a poet. The more book reviews I attempt to write the more I realize that I stink at it. In a nutshell, I loved it...You should read it ...The End.
Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
*"Hale has created a richly imagined, mythical land...It’s a highly successful romance."
School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
*"Hale delivers another winning fantasy. Readers will be riveted...through a series of deceptions, contrivances and a riotously triumphant climax, the tale spins out to a thoroughly satisfying ending."
Publisher's Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"A rousing, even spellbinding tale...Dashti's voice is bright and true."
"With such a self-possessed and resourceful heroine and such a rousingly successful trickster caper at the climax, this newest tale takes proud place among Hale’s growing shelf-full of folk-fantasy adventures whose protagonists give “spunk” a good name."
Saturday, March 29, 2008
BUT I didn't love this book, wouldn't recommend it and wouldn't read it myself again. The beautiful prose and captivating characters weren't enough. I hated the ending. Hated with a capital H.... and was disappointed with some of the scenes. Overall it was a disappointment!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
My non-fiction choice for this month was a hard one. Not that I couldn't find one, Cause I had several in mind But I wanted to pick one that would be interesting for other readers as well. I love autobiography's and poetry BUT again I wanted something that would appeal to other ladies of this club that would help. So I chose "Where Do I Go From Here" By Irene Ericksen & Jan Pinborough. This is a LDS self-help book for Young Women ages 16-Twenties. I HIGHLY recommend this book if you have sisters or have a calling in Young women. And if you don't, still read it. It's a short read but it touches on all the questions that we as women face. Missions such as dating, marriage, a mission for the church, motherhood, self-worth, church callings. All of these things that we must ask our selves at one point or another. The best way to sum it up is from the intro on the back cover:
"Where do I go from Here?" --It's a question almost every young adult woman asks herself in the years following her walk across the stage at high school graduation. What comes next? An education? A full time mission? Marriage? A family? A career? The choices are not always predictable or easy to make. In where do I go from here Young adult women are invited to step back and consider their gifts, their challenges, and the needs their world and thus discover a sense of their own personal mission."
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Hey Girls! I'm so excited to pick April's bookclub Challenge! I have loved reading your NF reviews and have put several on my "must read" list. And now it's time for a complete switch of gears....
Get your buns to the nearest Barnes and Noble and pick up a Science Fiction book!
WAIT! I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING! But I promise you that there is a Sci/Fi Fan inside you just DYING to come out! Look - you all like "Star Wars" - right?
Here's the thing. If I issued a "John Grisham Challenge" you would mosey over to your bookshelf, pick from the myriad of lovely law-thrillers, and two hours later you would finish the last page and say "Mmmm. That was a goodie." But you would not have grown as a reader! I think the word CHALLENGE should be taken literally - participating in it should make you stretch and evolve and experience something new! Trust me on this, ladies. There are many many Sci-Fi novels out there that will open your eyes anew to the world around you. Here's a list of my faves...
"The Illustrated Man" by Ray Bradbury*** (the best intro. to this genre for you sci-fi virgins)
"Farenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card (this entire series is excellent)
"The Alliance" by Gerald Lund (that's right "Work and Glory" author!)
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (an Oprah book)
"Contact" by Carl Sagan
"Z for Zachariah" by Robert C. Owen (won awards for YA lit.)
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry (Newberry medal winner)
THE HARD STUFF (for the true sci-fi experience):
"The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury
"The Worthing Saga" by Orson Scott Card (my all time favorite)
"1984" by George Orwell
"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
"The Robots of Dawn" by Isaac Asimov
"Foundation" by Isaac Asimov (hailed as the best sci-fi series in existence)
"Out of the Silent Planet" by CS Lewis
"Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke
I'm leaving out so many...anything by any of the authors mentioned above is going to be quality stuff so explore and be adventurous!
If you won't do it for me, do it for Han Solo, Ok? :)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Just add this to Shannon Hale's list of great books. I loved it...as I do all her books and don't know what else to say...so I'll leave it here. Great book for young and old...(if you call 25 old)
Saturday, March 15, 2008
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Who loved Econ 111 in college? It definitely didn't rank in my top ten favorite courses...and yet, this fresh and well explained book on Economics was a fun and interesting read. Levitt and Dubner have broken down the confusing walls and formulas of economics and asked and answered the questions that many of us have always wished could be answered. Some of his theories are controversial and I assume he likes it that way... I'd definitely recommend this book- it will awaken the Economist in you!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
by Foster W. Cline and Jim Fay
When I cracked this book open we were hitting a "rough patch" in the Golding Home. By "rough patch" I mean, Ethan was doing some MAJOR reverting back to toddler behavior and throwing tantrums, yelling and crying much more, and I was feeling pretty nervous. I often get nervous when it comes to prenting-there are literally MILLIONS of experts out there all contradicting each other on what parenting techniques are the best...not to mention the experts who you meet in the grocery store, at church, doctor's office and in your family. I was confused about where to begin, positive that if I made the wrong decision, Ethan would be destined to a life of criminality(well, maybe not criminality but...time outs.) So...in my new desperation and sadness at watching my 4 year old becoming a pretty unpleasant little guy I turned to this book. All I want to say is," Hallelujah!" I loved it and saw results within the first week of trying these techniques. It felt weird at first to let Ethan discover his own consequences for not wearing a coat in the cold, hurt to watch him hungry after choosing not to eat dinner, and was hard to allow him more control over his own decisions BUT after you get over the initial shock of these new techniques you will LOVE the outcome. Really- if you are a parent, will be one someday, work with children in any form YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!
A gripping memoir that reads like a political thriller--the story of Malika Oufkir's turbulent and remarkable life. Born in 1953, Malika Oufkir was the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco's closest aide. Adopted by the king at the age of five, Malika spent most of her childhood and adolescence surrounded by luxury and extraordinary privilege.
But in 1972, her life of luxury came to a crashing halt. Her father was executed for attempting to assassinate the king, and she and her family were imprisoned for two decades. Stolen Lives is the story of their resilience and their resolve to live in freedom.
This book changed my life. I will never take for granted my home and my freedom, ever again. I normally don't get too emotional when reading books, but this book made me cry throughout the whole thing. I cried for the utter devastation this family endured. I cried because of the strength this family had, for their lives that were literally thrown away by someone who at one time loved them. My heart fluttered at every success they had...it broke with every set-back. And to know that this family lost 20 years of their life, yet found the courage to continue on. This is a must read!
The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis
So...I started this book a skeptic(to put it mildly) but the more I read the more I believed....maybe it's just wishful thinking...but I found this book for me personally very helpful. After taking the quizes, I found my areas of needed improvment and have been practicing them for almost a month. I feel SO much better. I would highly recommend this book and I am actually going to go to my first acupuncture appointment this month...I'll let you know how it goes!
For thousands of years, Chinese women have trusted traditional Chinese medicine to help them conceive. A recent medical study found that women who augmented Western fertility treatments with TCM, traditional Chinese medicine, doubled their chances of a succesful pregnancy. THE INFERTILITY CURE gives women an effective, natural means of supporting their efforts to get pregnant. Based on techniques and remedies drawn from traditional Chinese medicine, this program shows readers how to increase their overall health and well-being, strengthen the organs and systems vital to reproduction, heal specific conditions that may affect fertility, and even support Western-based reproductive technology such as IVF and hormone therapy. Dr. Lewis' easy-to-follow program begins with diagnosis, using an extensive questionnaire to determine each reader's unique diagnostic category. The next three steps involve bringing a woman's body back into balance through diet, acupressure, and Chinese herbs. By following this program, women will be able to create a welcoming physical and emotional environment for what they desire most: a child.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I know that is this to talk about books, but I recently saw this movie about a book club for Jane Austen and thought that all of you would want to see it!
It's about a group of 6 people who start a book club all about Jane Austen. There is 5 girls and 1 guy. They each choose a book that they want and every month they read the same book and at the end of the month get together to talk about the book. But not only do they read the books, they live them. They find that the books help them in their daily love lives as well!
I found out, when looking for this image that this is based off of a book called The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. I am also looking forward to reading the book. I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite all time movies. It shows how every one has problems and you can use Jane Austen to fix them! I praise the author for coming up with such a fantastic was of writing. Doesn't everyone love Jane Austen? It also shows that many varities of people can read Jane Austen and love her. I highly recommend you to watch this movie and most likely read the book!
Note: The man on the cover is not the man that is in the Book Club.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
What books are you reading? Any good ideas? I have a few and am picking up some more at my favorite place, THE PUBLIC LIBRARY, this Friday. Good Luck!