Sunday, October 29, 2006

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Better than expected 8/10

I had not expected much from this story of a woman turned werewolf when I grabbed it of the 50 cent cart of my used book store. I thought it would be a Halloween read and nothing more but it was a fun book and well done for a first novel. I found the characters engaging and believable, the story was fast paced and straight forward. I will definitely look for more books in the series (Women of the Otherworld) and by this author.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Where to get great bookmarks and more

I don't often do advertising for free but Pomegranate is a site that has great bookmarks, postcards, greeting cards, stationary, calenders and more for very reasonable prices and with the holidays coming up I thought I'd share :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Good Halloween reads for kids

Some of my favorite Halloween stories to read to the kids each year.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson with pictures by Azel Scheffler, a great story to read aloud with wonderful illustrations of a witch and her friends she meets.

The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey, a very cute story about an embarrassed wiener dog that gets a cute hotdog bun custume from his well meaning Mom for Halloween.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Affinity by Sarah Waters

Nicely done Victorian suspense 7/10

This is one of those books I picked up because of the interesting cover and took home with no clue of what it was about. I did recognize the author's name from the Booker prize list this year for her book the Night Watch, but had read nothing by her.I thought Affinity was pretty good, I was wanting to know a bit more about many of the lesser characters but I think she did a very good job of building the relationship between the 2 main characters. The setting (a Victorian women's prison) was very detailed and my favorite part of the book. I just wish the lesser characters had been filled in a little more, especially in relation to the key characters, while much was hinted at there was never a sense of knowing for sure how they tied in.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

A beautifully written tragedy 8/10

This book is hard for me to summarize. I had heard very good things and it was a Booker Prize winner, I had very high expectations. When I started the book it was a bit confusing and I had a brief stirring of disappointment but then I realized how beautifully the story was being told, as I let go of trying to figure it all out and let the story unfold for itself at it's own pace, I began to really enjoy it. I can see why some readers gave up on it but I'm glad I didn't and I think it was well worth it.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

She Flew the Coop by Michael Lee West

This was chick lit but good. 7/10

Any gal that's lived in a small town will be able to identify with the characters in this book. I liked the way the story was told to you by different people in the town and they shared a recipe, too. While some of the topics were heavy and depressing (the book dealt with spousal abuse, infidelity, statutory rape, etc) it was all done in a very straight forward, realistic manner that was liberally seasoned with southern humor.

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