Monday, December 16, 2013

Timebound (The Chronos Files) - Rysa Walker

Date Started - Early December 2013
Date Finished - A Few Days Later

Ugh, I hate when I don't have time to do an entry because then it ends up being a crappy one. Anyway, I got this book for free as part of the Kindle Prime First deal (you get to pick one of four pre-selected books for free I guess - this was my first time trying it out). This one looked the best so I thought why not, and I have to say, I really enjoyed this book.

Spoilers ahead…

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Date Started: 12/2/13
Date Finished: 12/8/13

Wow. Amazing book. I mean this one really lived up to the hype. Serious hype, too, taken from the author's website:

Nice Things That Have Happened
#1 New York Times bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal bestseller
#9 The Bookseller (UK) bestseller
#1 Indiebound bestseller
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
Starred reviews from Booklist, SLJ, Publisher’s Weekly, Horn Book, and Kirkus

The Movie Rights

…have been optioned by the nice people at Fox 2000.
Spoilers will be ahead so if you don't want to know, don't click the link to read on!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Date Started - November 9, 2013
Date Finished - November 11, 2013

Did you really not see the ending coming? I mean, I saw how people got so crazy about it, but didn't read any of the comments since I was just getting into the series. But now that I finished it, I mean, did you really not see the ending coming?!


Insurgent - Veronica Roth

Date Started: November 6, 2013
Date Finished: November 9, 2013

Ok, I raced through this series and couldn't quite remember where book two ended and the many plot twists and turns. And, in some degree, the second book in a three book series moves things along but isn't usually as interesting as the first or third book. So with that disclaimer, I'm basically just going to link to the wikipedia synopsis in terms of the plot summary. You can find that here.

I'll get into my thoughts on the series in the summary for Allegiant.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Date Started: October 28, 2013
Date Finished: November 2, 2013

As readers of this blog (anyone out there?) know, I finally finished Wuthering Heights and was able to move on to Divergent. Nothing like some easy YA waiting for you to inspire you to finish that classic that's been hanging out on your Kindle home page.

So dystopian story, here we go...

Monday, October 28, 2013

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

Date Started: October 7, 2013
Date Finished: October 28, 2013

Wow, this was GLOOMY. I somehow never got around to this classic while in high school; not sure how that happened but I never read it. So, cue my predilection for reading classics that I've missed and there you have it, sitting on my kindle, judging me. I actually bought Divergent but couldn't bear the thought of Wuthering Heights continuing to sit there unread, so I dove in.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Witch's Daughter - Paula Brackston

Date Started: September 30, 2013
Date Finished: October 6, 2013

This is what having a baby does to you (among many other things) - throws your reading habit for a loop. I actually bought this book on January 12, 2013. I only just now read it. And it is only the third book I've read since having my son. I'll be honest, I chose to read it because I thought it would be an easy read. I haven't quite worked my way back to heavier stuff just yet. And that assessment was right on - this was an easy, fairly enjoyable read.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Curiosity - Stephen Kiernan

Date Started: 8/9/13
Date Finished: 8/15/13

Returning to reading after such a long absence has been like returning to life. Oooh, analogy to the book I just finished! Ok, so as I mentioned on my twitter account, this was a recommendation out of People Magazine. Read ahead for full spoilers but if you don't want the entire plot ruined, my thoughts on this book are this: I enjoyed it but was disappointed with the ending.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol

Date Started: 6/24/13
Date Finished: 8/7/13


*Ugh. It pains me to write this but I have to asterisk this completion because of a Kindle FAIL. I was at about 89% completion and the book just skipped ahead. Not sure how much, but enough. Oh well. I mean, I finished basically all of it. But for summary purposes, I'm taking Wikipedia on this one, other than to say, this was a much funnier Russian novel than most. I really like Gogol's style of writing - he directly addresses his audience, talks freely about Russians/Russia in a way that makes you understand what that meant in the mid-1800s, and has a great sense of humor. I would most definitely read more of his work.

See full Wikipedia summary here. But here is the basic summary from that page:

Dead Souls (RussianМёртвые души, Myortvyje dushi) is a novel by Nikolai Gogol, first published in 1842, and widely regarded as an exemplar of 19th-century Russian literature. The purpose of the novel was to demonstrate the flaws and faults of the Russian mentality and character. Gogol masterfully portrayed those defects through Chichikov (the main character) and people which he encountered in his endeavours. Those people are typical of then Russian middle-class. Gogol himself saw it as an "epic poem in prose", and within the book as a "novel in verse". Despite supposedly completing the trilogy's second part, Gogol destroyed it shortly before his death. Although the novel ends in mid-sentence (like Sterne's Sentimental Journey), it is usually regarded as complete in the extant form.

Endnote: I'm reading something "easy" next!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Baby Proof - Emily Giffin

Date Started: 2/16/13
Date Finished: 2/17/13

So I was in the mood for some chick-lit and, as it had been a while since I read her other books (Something Borrowed and Something Blue) I thought why not. Also, I'm due to give birth in about nine days and thought that the premise of this book would be interesting -- a couple facing what happens when one of them changes their mind about wanting to have kids.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ever After - Kim Harrison

Date Started - 1/29/13
Date Finished - 2/10/13

Yippee! It's the next installment in The Hollows and I finally get to catch up with my good friends Rachel Morgan, Jenks, Ivy, Trent, Ceri, Quen and all of the rest (and hopefully Al, who was sorely missed in the last book).

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Twelve - Justin Cronin

Date Started: 1/15/15
Date Finished: 1/28/13

Let me start by saying that this was a great book and for fans of The Passage, a must read. That said, my one issue was this -- having waited a while between reading The Passage and this, it's sequel -- I really wish I had read them in closer proximity.

The thing is, there is a LOT going on in these books and a lot of characters to keep straight. And, since I didn't reread the first book, it took a lot of reaching back into my memory to recall who some of these people were and what their stories were. Once I did, it flowed nicely, but until then I was a little stuck.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

11/22/63 - Stephen King

Date Started: 1/6/13
Date Finished: 1/12/13

I don't know the last time I read a Stephen King book - maybe high school? But I was intrigued by the premise of this one (it wasn't horror). Strangely enough, only a few weeks ago I told my husband that it might be a book he would be interested in. He passed, but as fate would have it, the kindle version went on sale for $3.99 the next week. So here we are.

This was a really quick read, particularly for a book that was 880 pages. But it was engaging and I definitely got to a point where I couldn't put it down pretty quickly. It started of a little slowly but then wham! it gets going.

As usual, don't read any further if you don't want to know most of the bigger spoilers.