Monday, June 29, 2009

Indognito by Karen Ngo

Since everything I have read this month sucked, I really enjoyed this. Just pictures of cute dogs wearing costumes, along with some quotes regarding man's best friend. Think Ann Geddes, but with dogs. The beagle is adorable. I may have to go out and buy it just so I have it to look at when I am having a bad day.

5 stars

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield

My month of books that suck continues! Tells the story of a woman growing up in a small Wisconsin town who ends up marrying the future President of the United States. I still can't put my finger on what I didn't like about it. There just wasn't anything that had me grabbing it every spare second I had. I really didn't care about any of the characters at all. Let's hope the next one is better!! Or maybe I should just give up for June all together?

2 stars

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

50 year old Alice has a great life; loving husband, 3 grown kids and a tenured job in the psychology department at Harvard. All of that starts coming down around her when she finds out that she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease which she inherited through a gene that is passed down from parents to their children.

I did not like this book at all. I had to force myself to finish it. Her children and husband were intolerable, and I was confused as to what was going on most of the time, but it may have been written that way so the reader knows what the disease feels like. Wish I wouldn't have bought it.

2 stars

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Twelve year old David, while mourning the loss of his mother in a house with his dad's new wife and their newborn son together, finds solace in the books he reads. When David starts experiencing black outs, he can hear books speaking among themselves. He sees a hole in the garden wall of the house and goes through it one night after a fight with his father over his new step-mother. He finds himself in a new world, where his favorite fairy tales have come to life, but with a twist. Where a King is loosing control of his kingdom as he dies. David is heading to the castle to find The Book of Lost Things that belongs to the King and is said to tell him how to get back to his own world. He encounters many people along the way, is being stalked by a herd of half human wolves who want to take over the kingdom and his every step is followed by the Crooked Man who has plans of his own.
I loved this book. Even if you don't read it, pick it up in the store or library and just read the two chapters about Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, it is absolutely hysterical. I wish more fairy tales had been incorporated into the story, but the way it is written I felt like I was right there along side David, and it was a great adventure. Beautiful ending that gave me chills and made me smile. A must read.

4 stars

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Incredibly boring. Written in a way that you keep reading hoping it will pick up and get better and maybe at least make a little sense but it doesn't. Lots of paleontologist and geologist information and terms. The story just seemed kind of half cocked. I loved Murder of Angels, and will read more by her, but I didn't really like this one at all. I gave it 3 stars because like Angels, her gift with words is amazing.

3 stars