Friday, July 27, 2007

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

by Kate DiCamillo

Rating: 5/5
Grade: A (Appropriate for all)

Just finished reading this to the kids. It was a delightful read. One of those rare books that use a large and varied vocabulary, and yet manage to convey correct meaning, and compel interest in children. Elisabeth begged every night for 'one more chapter', even forgoing a song.

I will definately purchase this.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Artistic License

by Katie Fforde

Rating: 4/5
Grade: D - 18 and up (for slightly graphic sex)

This was a fun read. I like Katie Fforde, mainly for the fact that I can really relate to her characters. Half the time I fell like she is describing me. Very intelligent capable woman, who seem to end up looking like idiots half the time. Too kind for their own good, houses always a disaster, and trying to speed clean before someone comes. I read a review where someone bashed one of her woman charcters, but I think that person simply could not relate the characteristics.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Garden In Paris

by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Rating: 3/5
Grade: C - 14 and up

Good writing. Interesting story. One day I may have time to actually review a book. But today is not that day.


Sunday, July 8, 2007

This book was a good mix of suspense and romance. It was surprisingly believable. Or maybe I just liked it because I wanted to be there; on a sheep ranch high in the Nevada Mountains, 60 miles from town. And that is all I have to say for the present. I have a horrible headache, and screaming children who won't leave me alone for 2 seconds. Trying to consentrate on typing compounds the pain!


Friday, July 6, 2007


by Marian Keyes

Rating: 3/5
Grade: D - 18 and up (for sex and language)

Fairly entertaining. Too much sex for my comfort.


Monday, July 2, 2007

Hmm. What to say about this book. Well, it was humorous, and very real. The flap of the book cover says that it is based on the life of the author. It is the diary of a 60th year, as it says on the cover. It deals with her giving up on having a man in her life, her best friends struggle with cancer, becoming a grandmother, living with a 19 year old french girl as a boarder, and coming up on old age.
Her view on age is very funny, and refreshing. She is happy to be 60, because she can know officially have and excuse to relax, to forget about trying to improve herself, learn a new language, travel. (apparently, in England, the Senior Citizen mile mark is 60, instead of 65 like in the US, because I don't view 60 as old at all)
It was slightly surprising to me for someone who views themselves as old to have lived a youth of free love, drugs, abortion, and atheism. Probably because the older generation with which I am familiar are faithful members of the LDS church, and mainly missed out on the whole 60's thing.
There was some bad language in the book, mainly involved with the bad neighborhood the woman lived in.


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