Friday, March 8, 2013

What I'm Reading: February Books

Yea for LOTS of reading last month! Lots and lots and lots of reading. It's about time! I finally put down the Netflix at night. I won't say that I've been getting anymore sleep (I've stayed up a few nights really late to finish books...), but at least it's better for me!

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is just okay to me. I don't love romance-y books anyway, and his are a little predictable for my taste. That said, I have a weird fondness for books-turned-movies so I picked this one up thinking that I might get to see it at some point. (Bwahahaha! When I do get to go to the movies, Eddie usually isn't interested in this kind.) Anywho, I read it. Like I mentioned it was predictable, but I did think it was really sweet. It's about a girl who movies into a small North Carolina town to begin a new life for herself and she meets a man whose wife has died and has two kids to raise. They begin a friendship. There were a few twists in it that I didn't expect so that was a nice little surprise. And at some point, I'd love to see the movie.

The Do What You Can Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better by Holley Gerth
This was a cheap-y (maybe even FREE) buy on Amazon for the Kindle. I enjoyed it. It's pretty much a daily devotional for setting goals and Biblically reaching them. Nothing life-changing, but I'll probably read through it again sometime.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
James and I read this together. I loved being able to read this with him. He was mostly still while I read. This was a great one to start with for reading aloud with him. I knew he would like the farm animals and the vocabulary was easy for him to understand. He asked a lot of questions and we stopped and talked about a lot of the ideas in the story. Be aware that death is talked about a LOT in the book. Way more than I remembered. He didn't ask much about it. He did want to know why Charlotte wouldn't live long so we talked about spiders and their short lifespans. That was really all he asked. I was a bit surprised because death has been a BIG topic around our house in the past few months. Overall, he loved the book and I enjoyed reading to him!

Here's his take, just because Mom thinks it's ridiculous that I talk to him about things like plot and characters. :) I can't help it. And I realize that the video is WAY wonky. I feel like I'm watching the OLD King Kong for the first part. I'll have to figure out a way to do a better video. (If you're reading on Google Reader, the video didn't show up on mine...just click to the blog and it SHOULD work.)

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
If you're a nerd like me and love the movie (seriously. I've always loved this movie. I can remember the summer it came out and being terrified and thrilled at the same time. I even had a movie-theater themed birthday party in Roswell one year and we watched...Jurassic Park!), the book is EVEN BETTER. The story is entirely different. A few of the scenes were definitely the same as in the movie, but for the most part the movie changes the characters' personalities and the plot entirely. It was so good. I couldn't put it down. If you have no interest whatsoever in science fiction, leave it. But if you're into that kind of thing, check it out!

The Lost World by Michael Crichton
You didn't think I could not read the second book, did you? This one follows one of the main characters from Jurassic Park - Malcolm - and lots of new scientists to a different island where dinosaurs still exist. This island was abandoned by the company that built Jurassic Park and the dinosaurs are living on. All is great until they run into some mad Tyrannosaurs and a few raptors. Eeek! I haven't seen this movie in a while so I can't speak for how close it sticks to the story. Good book, but not nearly as good as Jurassic Park.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This was our book club pick last month. I had heard of it, but hadn't read it yet. It's set in Nazi German and the story follows a little girl named Liesel who has come to live with foster parents. The book is not strictly from her perspective, but it is MOSTLY from her perspective. She's been given up by her mother after watching her little brother die and the way she copes is to focus on learning to read with her foster father. Papa reads with her in the middle of the night after her nightmares. Books are hard to come by so she begins stealing books that are being burned and also comes to stealing books from the mayor's home. This book was really, really good. The beginning was a little different - the narrator is a bit strange - but once you figure it out it's excellent!

Next up? Hopefully plenty. Here's what's on my nightstand (and yes...several of these have been there for a while!):

Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Journey with Jesus by Rosemary Short
Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

1 comment:

Anna Catherine said...

The Mouse and the Motorcycle is one of my favorites! Next, y'all need to read Runaway Ralph. It's the follow up book to The Mouse and the Motorcycle.