Monday, January 31, 2011

Stock-up on books!

There is a big winter storm coming here in the midwest.  When you are out getting milk and food, be sure to stop by the Library and load up on books.  After all that shoveling, you'll want to curl up with a good book to wait the storm out. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Two new Young Adult books

I just finished two really great Young Adult books--Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan and Virals by Kathy Reichs.  They were both really good!

In the Immortal Beloved world Immortals are born to Immortal Parents.  The story focus on 400 plus year old Immortal who spend the last 400 years partying to forget what happened to her when she was 10.  Her life takes a dark turn and she finally seeks help.  The heroine is spunky and interesting.  The first chapter was a bit hard to get into, but then it really took off.  I like reading about someone who has been around for 400 years learning to do farm chores on the organic, rehab farm; learning about her magical abilities; and possibly finding love.  This is the first book of a trilogy.  This is not at all like the other Immortals series out there.  I think I like this one better. 

I have read several of Kathy Reichs' books and they are always good, so I was very excited to read her young adult version, Virals.  It has some science, but now that it is for a younger audience, it is easier to get through.  I like the science geeks, but not nerds angle.  The kids investigate a murder and along the way are exposed to a virus and start to gain abilities.  Interesting, well written, and fun.

Parents note:  Both books had nothing I wouldn't want my 13year old to read!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This was one of my book club's picks; I never would have decided to read this on my own.  I couldn't relate to the entire first half of the books, so it was extremely annoying.  I have always wanted to be nothing more than a wife and mother (An old time view in this day and age).  I have always viewed my jobs as a means to an end, not the end itself.  I consider my life's work to be raising my children.  So it is with this life view that I was reading about a woman who didn't want children and wanted to spend a year traveling.  Did I mention that after four days of vacation I start longing for home?  Her description of her divorce was a lot of reading like poor, pity me, poor, pity me, etc.  I kept thinking that it was so nice for her that even after an expensive divorce that she still had the money to travel around the world for a year.  Italy was interesting.  India was hard to get through (I do not sit still well unless I have a book and don't have much interest in meditation), but I'm glad I kept reading, because the final third of the book was wonderful.  Elizabeth Gilbert is about the opposite of me in probably every way, but her discussion of seeking happiness for your self, being in charge of your own happiness, and growing closer to god WAS interesting and worthwhile.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reading and being a busy Mom

There is a reason why my reading choices usually tend toward the easier side.  It is because I am either so tired I couldn't concentrate on something more demanding or because the kids and my husband interrupt me CONSTANTLY.  It doesn't matter what they were doing before I started reading, as soon as I pick up a book, the question start rolling in.  I'm not complaining--I love being a wife and mother and I love my easy reads.  There will be plenty of time for tackling the heavier reads later.  (I do manage some more adult book from time to time.)  What is important is that I get some time for me somewhere in there and that I am setting a good reading example for my children.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

House of the Night - Awakened

This is the latest in the House of the Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.  I wasn't all that thrilled with the last book (#6), so it was with trepidation that I picked up this offering.  I must say, it was better, but I am more than ready for the series to end.  This book is #7 and it isn't the final book in the series either.  The last book was really, dark, boring, and depressing, but this one picked up.  Zoey and her Guardian boyfriend Stark have almost put themselves back together after dying and coming back.  Stevie Rae and Rephaim continue to work on and figure out their relationship. 

I picked up the first book because I thought it was about vampires and it mostly isn't.  Yes, the main characters are vampires, but that fact plays very little in the story.  It is mostly about elemental magic and goddess worship that it is about vampires.  The story does talk about choosing good over evil and tying religions together, something I like.  Because of this and because I am obsessive about books and MUST complete all series once I start them (unless I really hate them), means, yes, I will grab up the next book due out in 11/11. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Picture Books

Since this blog's address has mom in the title, I thought I'd mention one of my favorite picture books, Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt.  This book is cute and really funny.  My six year old son discovered this series last year and we have checked all the books in the series at least twice.  They are really cute and funny.  They are also fun to read.  Some picture books are just a drag to read, but Scaredy Squirrel is always fun.  I definitely recommend it.

P.S. I love it (Midwestern son)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Guilty Pleasure

Here is where I am going to prove that I am in no way a book snob.  (If anyone hadn't figured this out yet.)  I am going to admit that I love Romance books, Supernatural Romance especially.  There is something about vampire romance that I love.  (Yes I love Twilight.  Read it twice, and read all the other books in the series in one long obsessive session, and have seen all the movies so far.)  

So, I was so happy when I found out about the Riley Jenson Guardian Series.  It's full of Werewolves, Vampires, and hot romance.  This is definitely an adult series--lots of  fairly graphic sex scenes.  Riley is a strong woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it.  It has lots of supernatural elements and a page turning story.  Best of all, the dark elements don't overshadow the good making it a non-depressing read!

I definitely recommend the first book in the series, Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Like Mother Like Daughter

As a mother of two children, my children are a constant source of joy to me.  There was one moment recently when I have not been prouder of my daughter.  No it was not when she swam her best time at a swim meet, or when she qualified to compete in a band competition, it was when her reading level went so high most adult books are below her reading level.

Let me explain.  My daughter struggled in school from Kindergarten on.  She had to work hard to keep from being left behind, but she kept reading.  Over time she developed a love of reading and just read and read for fun.  That is what did it.  She now is a confirmed reader and I am SO proud of her.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Women's Books

Am I just not picking the right books, is it just me, or all almost all women's fiction really, really depressing? Why so many books about divorce, breakups, and people dying? Where are the heroines who have living children and goals and dreams? Where are the heroines who continue to have lives after they graduate from college and don't just fade into nothing? Where are the heroines who can inspire us? I'M SICK OF IT! Does anyone have any suggestions, because I'm at a loss.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Let's all resolve to make time for reading. I am resolving to read more classic fiction and nonfiction this year. It is easy to pick up a fun book, but I get so much out of books that require thinking and some effort to read.