Monday, August 13, 2012

What I've Been Reading

Okay, I haven't put out any book reviews lately.  It doesn't mean I'm not reading, it just means that I haven't felt like reviewing any books.  I often think that there are plently of reviews out there.  Why should I rehash the same old again?  If I do write a review, I try to keep it short and sweet.  I really hate the reviews that go on and on and on about every detail of the plot.  If we cared that much, we would just start reading the book.  So, here is what I have been reading in the last month:

Paranormal:

Deep Kiss of Winter, Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter, Okay
Spellbound, Hex Hall #3, Rachel Hawkins, Okay
Undead & Unwelcome, Betsy Taylor Vampire Queen # 8, Mary Janice Davidson, Okay
Devil May Cry, Dark-Hunter #13, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Good
Once Burned, Jeaniene Frost, Okay
Vacation with a Vampire, Harlequin Nocturne, June '12, Not Great
Lover Awakened, Black Dagger Brotherhood #3, J.R. Ward, Heaven
Kiss of the Dead, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #21, Laurell K. Hamilton, Heaven
Sentinels:  Tiger Bround, Harlequin Nocturne, Aug. '12, Doranna Durgin, Not Great
Lover Revealed, Black Dagger Brotherhood #4, J.R.Ward, Heaven
A Kiss of Shadows, Merry Gentry #1, Laurell K. Hamilton, Heaven


Erotic Romance:

50 Shades Darker, E.L. James, Okay


Literary Fiction:

The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffennegger, Great

My Raiting Scale:  Bad, Not Great, Okay, Great, Heaven

Friday, August 10, 2012

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose




This year for vacation, my husband wanted to drive to Yellowstone.  I was at first unwilling to spend so much time trapped in the car driving, but my husband was persistent and wore me down like he usually does.  He has an old friend that moved from the Midwest to Montana and he has been dying to see the Montana/Yellowstone area ever since.  I try to read a book about the area we are going to see and this year I select the classic, Undaunted Courage by the unequaled Stephen E. Ambrose.  I had planned to read it aloud to the family during the LONG car drive thinking that I would have plenty of time.  Well, when the book came, I realized the folly of that kind of thinking.  The book is

484 pages (with lots of small words of each page).  Undaunted myself, I decided to forge ahead and read as much as I could.  My husband and the raging princess actually looked forward to and enjoyed the readings.  By the end of the trip, I had read 132 pages, the first 10 chapters.  We all are enjoying the book so far and plan to bring it along to read whenever we have a car trip.  We will probably be reading it for the next several years, but it is a great book and worth the effort!