Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Ratings, My Way

Well you won't see me giving a book a rating in star form (I'm not fancy), or thumbs up form (I've only got 2 thumbs, doesn't give much choice there). I'm doing the good ol' out of 5 rating system.
It's a pretty easy system to figure out, and I really probably should have explained it earlier, but I've been lazy. 1 being a low score and 5 being super high.

Here's how I break it down:
1 = wow, did I just read this crap? Holy shit I need to set my brain on fire to forget all the stupid piss poor writing I just read.

2 = marginally better than a 1 rating , more of a "meh" this book is ok, but I probably won't check out this author again, unless I forget that I read him/her...(this happens more often than you'd think)

3 = Not bad. I'd read more by the author, but I'll make sure I read the book blurb (synopsis) first.

4 = kick ass. A 4 rating means the novel had most elements I look for in my literature. Either funny, sad, dramatic, suspenseful,'s got at least 1 of these and it's done well.

5 = ummmm, well I dunno. I guess the book has to have at least several of the elements I look for. I think if a book makes me laugh, cry and get angry it's got a lot going for it. Also I will only rate a book a 5 if I decide that I must straight away go out and buy said book. As you may know I can be pretty cheap when it comes to buying books (because really how often does a person read a novel more than once or twice??) But every once in awhile I think "hey this book was awesome, I think I'll want little miss to read this when she's older".

I do give novels additional 1/4, 1/2 & 3/4 ratings as well. Sometimes a novel just doesn't fit nicely in the 1-5 range, sometimes it rates just a little more. Or sometimes it doesn't quite reach a higher rating because it's missing just a little something for me to give it a better rating.

Don't ask me to justify my reasoning, it is what it is.

Book Number 13

Lucky #13, done!
So far I have read 2 books by Jen Lancaster. Both out of sequence, but I don't mind (surprise!). Sure I'll probably be a little irritated when the library finally gets her first book in for me since I'll already know some of what has happened.....But it won't bother me as much because her books are freakin hilarious. Hence why I have a girl-crush, it takes a pretty hilarious person to break through my "must read books in sequence or die" peeve.

The Novel: Bright Lights, Big Ass A Self-Indulgent, Surly Ex-Sorority girl's guide to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or, Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?
The Author: Jen Lancaster
Novel Summary: From the Publisher
Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites "aren't" party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining. Whether she''s reporting rude neighbors to Homeland Security, harboring a crush on her grocery store clerk, or fighting-and losing-the Battle of the Stairmaster- Lancaster explores how silly, strange, and not-so-fabulous real city living can be. And if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss her big, fat, pink, puffy down parka.


What can I say? This book did not disappoint. I'm not surprised, this is the second book by Jen Lancaster I've read and already I am huge fan.
A well written, humorous look at her life, Jen Lancaster makes me practically pee myself laughing. I enjoy her witty humour as well as her "homage" to some of my favorite shows and movies (family guy, the big lebowski, etc)
If ever there was an author that I'd want to be friends with, it would be Jen Lancaster (if only to be corrupted by her snarky, humorous ways).
I just can't get over the use of footnotes in her novels. So funny. I also love that she has no compunction about laughing at people, telling it like it is, or using the f word.

I give "Bright Lights, Big Ass" a rating of 4 out of 5.

Hurry up and write more novels Ms.Lancaster!!

Book Number 12

Book #12 went fast. It was a super short book, so short in fact that it prompted me to google the difference between a novel and a novella (novella's don't count for my least thus far they don't, but I have the prerogative to change the rules as I please...). According to what I read, this book does count as a novel at 248 pages (large print).

The Novel: Durable Goods
The Author: Elizabeth Berg

Durable goods was a well written book. It really packed a lot of emotion and information into such a short novel. A story of childhood abuse from the POV of the victim, really pulls at the heartstrings.
Katie the main character is strong in the face of her life's circumstances. Elizabeth Berg has a way of writing that makes you take a look at your own life and the meaning found in the way you live out each day.
Each character is well described physically and emotionally, so as that you get a real sense of who they are and thusly become invested in their lives and well being.

I give "Durable Goods" a rating of 3.75 out of 5.

I'm really looking forward to reading "Joy School" and "True to Form", the books following Katie's life. I can only imagine that the following books will be as well written as Durable Goods, and I look forward to reading more about Katie and her perseverance in the face of her challenges with her father and life.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Book Number 11

Book Number 11 didn't take me long to finish at all. It was also a sequel to a book I haven't read...but I did see the movie based on the premise of the first book so I wasn't lost reading this book.

The Novel: Reflex
The Author: Steven Gould

Reflex is the sequel to the novel Jumper. I haven't read Jumper, but I did see the movie. If this book is any indication, then the first novel was probably way better than the movie. I don't know how closely related the novel and the movie are however.

This book was awesome. I was totally intrigued with the story. It was action packed and involved all sorts of interesting characters. I identified with Millie (one of the main characters) and wish I could be as awesome as her. I enjoyed the levels of subterfuge within certain agencies, while at the same time I could understand the frustration of the people dealing with said agencies.
The author does a stellar job at scene and character descriptions. I felt as though I was there, seeing all that was happening.
The ending seemed to have wrapped up rather quickly and nicely. I didn't mind though. The book had a lot of action-adventure-fantasticalness so the quick ending wasn't a problem for me.

I give "Reflex" a rating of 4 out of 5.

I picked Reflex at the library because I figured I should read some science fiction to add some variety to my reading time. I enjoy science fiction but I find it can get just a little too hokey for my taste, so I'm selective about who I read in this genre. I will probably look into other books by Steven Gould as I really enjoyed Reflex.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Number 10

Yay Book Number 10! A milestone. Whoot!
I didn't have much time for reading this weekend, with the sleeping in and watching my hubby help the neighbours move, but I did finally finish book #10 (and went straight on to book 11)

The Novel: Keep Me Alive
The Author: Natasha Cooper

I enjoyed this book. My choice of books thus far has been pretty good, apart from crappy book #3.
Keep Me Alive is the sixth book in the Trish Maguire series. I didn't know this when I picked it out at the library. I have not read the previous books in the series. I wasn't too upset though. the book was pretty good as a stand alone book. I didn't feel I was missing anything by not reading the previous books in the series.
I had a good feel for the characters without having too much back story confusing me.
The plot was pretty interesting, but the gross out factor was high (it didn't detract from the book though).
There were some interesting plot twists and a good dose of mystery. I was put off by one of the main characters, which I believe is the authors intention. Is he a good guy, or a bad guy? I wasn't sure until the very end. This kind of suspense kept me hooked.
The scene descriptions were very well done. Set in the UK, I had to use my imagination (since I've only seen the inside of an airport in England), but the scene description was done so well I had no problem visualizing everything.
I was emotionally involved with the story as it triggered my gag reflex something fierce. I had thoughts about become vegan like my sister, but decided that I can do mind over matter and I will forget the gross parts I read about meat processing.....barf.

I give "Keep Me Alive" a rating of 3.5 out of 5.

I wish I had read the other novels in the series first as I find the central character interesting. I guess I'll just have to read any subsequent novels because I'm sure they will be just as entertaining as this novel.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Book Number 9

I finished book #9 a few days ago, I'm just really behind in my blogging. It's so hot out, and I'm so busy it seems all the information in my head is jumbling together. I had a hard time remembering the title of book #9, the author, or even what it was about..... It wasn't because it was a bad book, it's just my mind seems to be mush...or maybe because I donated my blood (and my smarts with it)

The Novel: Cruel Intent
The Author: J.A Jance

I enjoyed this book, despite the fact that it is the fourth book in a series I've never read before (don't even get me started).
I found this book to be very interesting and suspenseful. There was good character development, with some character description of the recurring characters. I got a pretty good feel for the characters, but maybe not as much detail as I would have liked since I am new to this series and this set of characters. That's understandable though, since it would have been redundant for the author to go into great detail and "relive" all the back stories. It would have been a waste of time and other readers would be annoyed since they don't want the new novel to be a recap of the previous 3. And this is why I hate starting a series in the middle....arrrrgggg....
At any rate I got a small glimpse into the back stories without the author having to write information that didn't pertain to this novel.

One element of this book surrounds a dating website and the website creators "misuse" of information (credit card info and the like...not to mention the access to murder victims....)
After reading this I felt even more justified in my paranoia of certain websites, and it made me feel even more justified in the fact that I haven't joined facebook or other social networking sites (blogging doesn't count, in my opinion, lol)

I was intrigued by this novel. It kept me entertained (once I got past the fact that it's a series, grrrr) I was fascinated by the killer and his motivation, I was scared for the victims, and I was rooting for the good guys. All in all this book was pretty good and I'll be looking into other novels from this author.

I give "Cruel Intent" a rating of 3.5 out of 5.

This is what happens when I go to the library and pick out books willy-nilly, it never fails that I'll get a book mid-series. I guess I should really get over my peeve and try to look at each book individually for its own merit, but it's so bloody hard when I know that there is probably so much interesting back story that I've missed out on.

Time, Or Lack There Of.....

So it's been kinda hard keeping up with this whole blogging thing. I've been trying to read so many books, but then I find I don't have much time to write about it.

I'm on book #10 now, but I have yet to write about book 9. I started to panic last night when I forgot the title of book #9 and what it was about. I was starting to wonder what the heck is wrong with me....but then I remembered, I donated blood all of my smarts must have been drained out and now someone else is going to know the title and exactly what happened with book #9.
Phew, mystery solved.

I've decide to start carrying around a notebook now. This way I can make notes during my reading time so that I don't have to rely on my fading memory as much. I should have done this from the beginning...but I forgot.....

This summer was supposed to be nice and relaxing with a lot of reading time. I don't know what happened. I guess I can put a check mark in the "didn't neglect my family" column. If I can check off the "read 300 books and blogged about it", well, that remains to be seen.

It also doesn't help that it's so bleeping hot. It's pretty hard to concentrate on books when I keep watching my feet/legs turn into cankles, or spending hours just wiping the sweat out of my eyes. Sweat mixed with sunscreen is really not a good idea to get into the eyes....but hey, my eyes are constantly blood shot ....... which in turn makes me look stoned ..... and mixed with the fact that I can't stop snacking....not so good for my reputation. whatevs.

I'll probably get busy writing about book 9 soon, I just have to shower and get dressed first. It's not quite noon yet so I feel I've still got time.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Book Number 8

Book # 8 was a quick and easy read for me. I enjoyed every minute of my reading time with this book and I'm only sad that it finished so quickly and now I'm going to have to wait forever for the next in the series to be published.

The Novel: Dead And Gone
The Author: Charlaine Harris

Novel Summary: From the Publisher
Now an HBO original series, "True Blood"-the "New York Times" bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series continues. Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps-and nothing about weres. Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works-and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it
. But there's a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings-older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves-is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.

I always enjoy books written by Charlaine Harris. Dead and Gone is the most recent book of her Sookie Stackhouse/ Southern Vampire series. She stayed true to the characters and theme. I found the book very entertaining. It wasn't the "same old same old" with Dead and Gone. Charlaine Harris ups the stakes with this book.
I enjoyed her expanding on the fairy component in this book. I don't want to spoil the book, but I enjoyed how the novel wasn't just central to vampires, all sort of other "supes" were being represented in this book.
Eventhough Dead and Gone is the ninth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, it wasn't lacking in character description or plot twists. Some of the novel surrounded past events (the explosion at the Pyramid of Gizeh hotel, Sookie's brothers marriage) But Charlaine Harris gives enough description that someone who might not have read the previous novels would still be able to keep up. (but as you know, I am an advocate of reading books in order. Therefore I recommend reading the previous novels first...if only to develop a true love of the characters)

I enjoyed this novel because it had several elements that I look for in a novel; steamy romance, violence, drama, mystery, humour, and some supernatural happenings.
The characters in this novel are easy to either love or hate, or have conflicted feelings about others (Sookie's brother).

I give "Dead and Gone" a rating of 4 out of 5.

My only regret about reading this book is that I'm going to have to wait so long for the next one in the series. I am fully caught up in the Sookie Stackhouse series and I am not a patient person this is going to be a sad time for me to not get my Sookie fix. I am planning to watch the True Blood series on dvd, so I guess that will keep me entertained for a few days anyway. I just hope the TV adaptation is true to the novels. There is nothing worse than a crappy book to movie/tv adaptation.

Book Number 7

I finished Book #7 a few days ago and started straight away onto book #8 (which I've also finished).
Book number 7 took me a few days. It wasn't because it was overly long (only 421 pages), and not because it was bad. I just didn't have much time for reading, I was sleeping. It was great. I needed the sleep-in time and I am so grateful to hubby for indulging me and my needs.

Anyway, I did have a little time for reading and I did finish this book a few days ago, but I haven't had much of a chance to write anything about it (sleeping. remember?).

The Novel: Ashes To Ashes
The Author: Tami Hoag

I enjoyed this book. It was well written, very detailed and had excellent character development. There were several plot twists which kept me interested. I was enraged with the circumstances (the murders) I was sympathetic for the victims and witness, and I was intrigued by the emotional ties between the main characters. The novel was suspenseful and interesting. There was some interesting sexual tension between the main characters amidst all the turmoil surrounding them.
Tami Hoag is a master at the mystery/thriller genre. I really enjoy reading her novels as they are well written and keep me interested. She has a firm grasp on keeping the story suspenseful and the reader captivated.
I am truly amazed at how knowledgeable these types of authors are. It must really take a lot of research to be able to accurately write a novel of this type. The knowledge of police procedure alone has to come from many sources (I imagine, unless of course said author is in law enforcement). At any rate it is the reader who benefits from the well described, realistic scenarios that this author portrays.

I give "Ashes To Ashes" a rating of 4.5 out of 5.

I am really happy I found this book. It was on my book shelf just waiting for me to read it. I can't remember why I didn't read it when it was first given to me, but I'm kinda glad I didn't read it back then since it gave me something entertaining to read now.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sleep, Blissfull Sleep!

I finally got a full 8...well more like a full 12. I went to bed late last night but I made up for it by sleeping until noon. Like I said I would. See I don't lie...well...not about sleeping anyway.

I was worried about not having anything to read, but I looked through my books and found one I haven't read before. I can't recall why I didn't read it, but I was glad it was there.
I spent the day out with Little Miss yesterday, but thankfully we only spent a few hours at the park instead of a whole day (I'll be a happy woman if I don't see another park for a very long time). I didn't get much time to read book #7 but it was still a nice day.
We stopped in at the library (not my local) and while LM was playing on the computers set up with kids learning games, I fell asleep in my chair.
To snore in the park is one thing, but snoring in a quiet library is another. I guess LM was embarrassed though since she nudged me and whispered loudly "Mumma, you're snoring, it's louddddddddd"
After that we spent some time at the farmers market and wandered around down town blowing bubbles, eating icecream, talking with a homeless man.....
So there, I'm fully justified in not finishing book #7 yet.
I'm not as justified today though, I could have read all day but I decided falling asleep in public doesn't do well for my "good mum" image, so I thought sleeping in on a Saturday is more important than reading (gasp, what?!).

I'm pretty excited. I won't have to worry about being bookless for a long time. After we got home (into our town) we made a trip to the local library. I spent some time picking out 5 books and found that I also had 5 on hold there for me as well. So I walked out of there with my arms full, my heart happy, and my brain going "what the hell are you thinking woman".
I am going to try and read a more diverse selection of books, I decided to pick up some science fiction, some mystery, and some horror, in addition to the other fiction I've been reading. I don't think I'm going to tackle the romance genre for awhile. I feel that romance novels can be really well done, or really mind numbingly stupid. Just because it's got some boobs and wieners, it doesn't mean it's going to have a good story (too bad though...although some books might be improved if they also included pictures.....I'm just saying is all....)

Anyway, I'm half way through book #7, hopefully I'll be finished tonight since I plan to sleep in tomorrow as well.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Book Number 6

Read another book, good job Nix. Pats myself on the back (since no one else will do it)

I knew what I was getting into with this book. I've read the previous 7 in the series. I was not surprised with this book, but that's okay, because it was as good as the previous 7 and kept me quite entertained.

The Novel: Poppy Done To Death
The Author: Charlaine Harris

I suppose you could read this book and enjoy it without reading the previous 7 in the series (but that would be dumb, why would you do that...especially knowing it's a peeve of mine)
The characters are well developed....but maybe my judgement is clouded, as I already "know" the characters from the previous books.
Ah what the H...I might as well give you the full book list in the series so that you can read them in sequence.
go here:
and while you're there check out the other books, because Charlaine Harris is awesome. Ever see the show True Blood?(not me, I don't get HBO...sad) It's based on her Sookie Stackhouse/ Southern Vampire series.

Anyway, the plot is intriguing with the main character finding yet another dead body (she's always coming across corpses, or getting tangled up in some sort of mystery)
The novel was very descriptive and I found it easy to get engrossed in the story. It didn't take me long to finish this novel as I was always wondering what was going to happen next. I enjoy mystery books a lot and Poppy Done To Death didn't disappoint.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, whenever Charlaine Harris finishes it. (Hurry up already!)
I guess that's the problem in reading the last book in that series thus far, I'll just have to wait until the next book is released to find out what is going to happen with the main character. I am not a patient person, this will be a hard time for me.

At any rate I recommend reading the whole Aurora Teagarden series to get a full appreciation for the 8th novel in the series.

I give "Poppy Done To Death" a rating of 4 out of 5.

Charlaine Harris doesn't disappoint. She's sharp and concise, her characters are interesting, and I enjoy all of her novels I've read thus far.

Reading Interrupted

I've done a lot of reading this week. It's been nice. The only problem is that I've ran out of books.

I have one unread book here, but it's a second book in a series of three and I'm waiting for the first book to arrive for me at the library. I hate reading books out of sequence if they have a central theme or characters.
That's why, when I started reading some J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts alter ego) I had accidentally started with one of the middle books in the "in death series" , I didn't go back and read the beginning books, I just went forward with the series and figured out past story lines from snippets from the newer books. I probably missed out on some good reading, but it's a pet peeve of mine to read stuff after its already happened in fictionland.

I would have went to the library since I have several books on hold waiting for me there, but husband forgot to take me yesterday and the library was closed early today. sigh, whine, cry. I'mmmmmm borrrrrredddddddddddddd (said in my best whiny kid voice) TV is not a good solution for me today, I don't want to undo all the smarts I've gained from reading so much.

I had a nice time reading the last few days while Little Miss has played for hours at the park. The only problem was that reading at the park is a little like watching a movie and pausing it every five minutes to get a snack. I'd read a bit, look up, look for my daughter watch her play with some kid (or argue with some kid), then read some more, a few minutes goes by I look up to see my daughter chase a bunny, yell at little miss (politely so as not to have other parents judge), go back to reading, few more minutes go by and I have to push LM on the swing, or chase around the park, or look at a cool bug, or make a washroom stop....then go back to read...and so on....
I have done this for the last 4 days in a row. I didn't want to be at the park this much and for that long (from 8am- 4pm, with a 2 hour swim at the pool in the middle of the day) But husband's and my schedule just worked out that way. At least someone in the family was happy to be at the park and make new friends.
I suppose if I were at home I wouldn't have had as much "free" time to read, but even still, interrupted reading is a little like interrupted sleep, leaves me unsatisfied and a little cranky.

I wonder if I'll go through book withdrawals and have to read one of my husbands lame books......nah, never going to happen. Maybe I'll reread one from my collection (it counts, see the rules in my first post)

Maybe it's good that I don't have any books. Maybe now I can actually get some proper sleep. You know you're tired when you aren't even ashamed that you've left drool marks on your chin and shirt because "hey at least I got to have a quick nap" And sure, it wasn't ideal that the nap was in the car on the way to the park (no I wasn't driving) but damn, that seat was sure comfortable. Hey at least I didn't fall asleep at the pool (kinda hard to do when you're being splashed in the face or nearly strangled because "someone" can't touch in the deep part and refuses to practice her back starfish float.....) I did nod off in the park though, I don't even care if I snored (which I usually do, loudly) But every time I felt my chin hit my chest (aka rubbernecking it) I'd jump up and make sure little miss was where she's supposed to be. Damn this responsible parenting, why couldn't I have just let her play without supervision, sheesh. That's how I roll, man.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Book Number 5

It took me two days, but I finally finished book number 5.
It was a really long book, but I had a nice time reading it. 639 pages jam packed with interesting literature.

The Novel: Tara Road
The Author: Maeve Binchy


I always enjoy novels by Maeve Binchy, so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this one as well. I was proud of myself for taking on a novel this size with the knowledge that I still have 295 more books to read and only 358 days to read them.
This novel is full of depth with many characters intertwined. I found the character development was done wonderfully, with each character having a distinct personality.
Maeve Binchy does an excellent job transporting the reader right into the lives of her characters. I felt emotions for every person in the book, happy, sad, angry, irritated, baffled, etc. Some characters I wanted to hug, others to smack, others to grab and say "what the f?".
I could picture the scenes and locations in my mind so vividly. I really enjoyed this novel.
The one thing that bothered me was with the American characters. The main characters and scenes are in Ireland, thus the slang is Irish.....However I found the dialogue with the American characters she also used Irish words and slang (not as much, but even still) so it put me off a little bit. Aside from that, the dialogue flowed nicely (I read it in my head with an accent, it was nice...I sounded awesome).

I give "Tara Road" a rating of 4.25 out of 5.

I hadn't heard of this book before my trip to the library, but I was happy to have found it. I'm surprised that I hadn't heard of it previously as Tara Road is on Oprah's Book Club...although the book was written back in 1998, so I was pretty busy with University (& clubbing) back then.

Trying to find a link for this book, I discovered that it was made into a movie back in 2005. I am going to my local vid store as soon as I can to see if they have it. I wonder how the movie will measure up against the book, how my perceptions of each character will change. We'll see.....

Monday, July 13, 2009

Book Number 4

Finished another book. yay me!

It was a good one too. Thank god. I don't know if my fragile mind could have taken 2 crappy books in a row.

The Novel: Backward in High Heels
The Author: Judith Kelman


I really enjoyed this novel. It was easy reading. It was a well developed story with multiple characters, some with zany personalities.
I really got into the story, I felt emotional for the central character. I was rooting her on during her strong moments and thinking "suck it up buttercup" during her weak ones.
I really like stories when you can get emotionally involved with the characters. What is a story without good character development, right?
The plot was the common theme of he cheats on her (arse)- she finds her self (yay). But it was done really well.
I laughed a lot during the book and I even felt a little teary during parts. It had all the elements I require for a nice enjoyable read.

I give "Backward in High Heels" a rating of 4 out of 5.

This is my first experience with this Author. I've read that she normally writes suspense novels. I'm looking forward to checking out more of her books in the future. I'd like to see how she uses her witty writing style in a different genre.

It was worth staying up, way past what I thought I was capable of today, to finish this book. Sure I'll suffer tomorrow at my 5:30am wake up's where everyone is supposed to feel sorry for me.....But it was worth it....And damn straight I'll be sleeping in on the weekend, until noon at least....
So tired....and I ask you this, How is it possible that a kid can play all day long running from the swings, to the monkey bars, to the slide, then swim at the pool for 2 hours, then back to the park and stay up WAY past her bedtime and still complain that I'm not fair?!.....I'll tell you whats not fair, the amount of exercise it takes to keep up with her...and did I get a chance to read? Nope I had to do that after she was in bed. See I do deserve to sleep in on the weekend (again, I'm looking for sympathy)

Sunday, July 12, 2009


So I feel like I'm falling behind already. I blame it on the last book. It's suckiness threw me off of my reading motivation. I'm book shy now. I'm afraid of reading another book that will make me want to yawn, or barf, or poke my eyes out.

I have started book number 4 though. So far it's not too bad. I doubt I'll finish it tonight however.
I'm not worried, I have lots of reading time coming up with full days spent at the park or the beach with Little Miss. She'll be enjoying some good old fashioned playtime and I'll get to meet my book reading goals. And I can feel good about it because I'm not letting my child become a summer TV zombie......remember those summers with back to back episodes of Saved By The Bell.......uh yeah, me neither..........

Anyway, I'm pretty optimistic that I'll finish it early tomorrow, so that I can start book number 5, and get back on a good reading rhythm.
Check out my perserverance!! whoot!
Now if only I can do the same with exercise maybe I wouldn't feel so bad about my snack to book ratio, which results in a horrible, boob to tummy to arse ratio.
Wait...rolling down a hill at the park IS exercise, even if it's not done with grace, or on purpose.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Book Number 3

Well I did it. I finally finished book #3.
I can't say that I was too happy to have read it really, but once I start a book I feel I need to finish it. Neurotic??...Just a little....

The Novel: Secret Story
The Author: Ramsey Campbell


This Novel leaves something to be desired, namely character development or interesting dialogue, or scene description (ever hear of show it don't tell it, Mr. Campbell?). The idea behind the novel wasn't bad. It would have made for some good horror fiction if someone else was writing it. 2/3's of the way through the book it got marginally better. There was actually some interesting suspense going on....but frankly it was two - thirds - too - late.
The epilogue left me unsatisfied.
I found the main character annoying, not in an interesting way either.
best word to describe how I feel about this book would be "meh"

I give "Secret Story" a rating 1.5 of out of 5.

I can't say I was too surprised about how I was going to feel about this book. When I went to get books from the library, I had this book in hand and said to myself "is this the author that I found annoying before??? I can't remember, hmmm, well lets give it a go then"
Dumb! Shoulda trusted my gut.


I should have finished reading book number 3 by now, right? Didn't happen.
So many distractions, I guess getting clean is more important than reading crap.
So what's more interesting to me than reading book #3???
1. Buying car insurance
2. Watching my two cats duke it out for the title belt
3. Watching my husband do dishes, mow the law, talk with the neighbour, separate the cats
4. Picking off my chipping nail polish
5. Pretty much anything at this point

I'll finish book 3 tonight. I have to. I have 2 other books waiting for me, that I'm sure will be vastly better than book #3.

I'm not saying what book #3 is until I finish it, I won't give my rating until I'm done (just in case someone took over writing the rest of the book and made it better).

Time to head to the park. Maybe I'll get some reading done there, or maybe I'll people watch instead..... But "dang it bobby" this book will be finished tonight!

Book Number 2

As I said in my "I'm so freakin' tired" post, I was up until almost 4am reading book number 2. It was well worth it though.

The Novel: Such a Pretty Fat One Narcissist's Quest To Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big or Why Pie is Not The Answer

The Author: Jen Lancaster

This book reads like chick lit fiction, but is actually a freaking hilarious biography. I loved this book.
I damn near laughed out loud each page. When I say laughed out loud, I literally mean out loud. My poor husband was trying to study, but it's hard when you live with a hyena apparently. He's lucky he's used to my loud snoring (apnea?) because dude didn't even wake once when I couldn't stop laughing at page 296 (right around 3 am).

What I really enjoyed about this book were the funny little footnotes. Also, this book reads like regular people think and talk (people with a sense of humour anyway). I love how Jen Lancaster tells it like she sees it. There's no mincing words with this woman, but it's done in such a funny way.

I think I may have a bit of a girl crush.
My one problem with this book is that I couldn't stop snacking while reading. So as she's losing weight during the book I'm probably adding a few pounds to my expanding arse. It's pretty hard not to snack while reading when the author is talking about all the delicious food she was craving (or eating). It'd be like me reading a gourmet cook book and then deciding to eat a plain lettuce's just not going to happen.....Although...I did laugh A LOT so I must have burned some calories right? Whatevs, I can fast while reading book #3 (which I intended to finish today, but so not happening...yawn)

I give "Such A Pretty Fat" a rating of 4 out of 5.

If this book would have made me cry I'd have rated it 4.5, but happy tears don't count on my rating scale. This book was truly fantastic though. I cannot wait until her other books arrive for me at the library. Another author added to my "all-star" list.

Friday, July 10, 2009

So Freakin' Tired

Well here I am up and awake at 10:30 am, which is ridiculous in my opinion. I read until 3:45 this am.
Not the reading part, but the having to get up at a reasonable time part. I was actually up way earlier but I nodded off on the couch while the kidlet was watching treehouse.
(Oh and I have to say treehouse can bring on some really messed up dreams, no joke. Ever see Dora with razor sharp teeth? not the most attractive)

I did promise to not neglect my parental duties, hence why I'm up at a stupid time when all I want to do is sleep.

Oh, and by the way, even though I finished a book at quarter to 4 this morning, it still counts as a book read last night. If I don't sleep until the book is finished then it means I finished it on the day I started it. Don't argue, it's my challenge, my rules. (Gee a little snotty this am, I wonder why?)

Now the choice that faces me this morning (er...afternoon) do I shower? or do I read?
Little miss has requested a movie (from the library no less) therefore I feel I am "allowed" to read. But do I read or do I take a nice shower without having to worry that my child will decide it's a good time to start searching for candy or sneak outside to pick berries that aren't ripe?

Well....I am only 2 books into a 300 book challenge, and I don't want to be up until all hours reading again tonight, and I've got a fat stack of books waiting to be read, and and and.....

I think I've decided. books it is. smelling fresh is overrated, as is wearing proper clothing instead of PJ's all day. Besides how else am I going to be nominated for What Not To Wear if I don't rock the jammies more often than I should?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Book Number 1

So last night I read book #1 in my "300 books in a year" challenge. It was great. I finished it in 4 hours. That's with pee breaks and time to have 2 ice cream cones. And yes it was a full sized novel so it counts.
The Novel : Home Safe
The Author: Elizabeth Berg

When I went to the library to pick out a few books, Home Safe was on the 7 day loan shelf. The librarian did her duty to remind me that any 7 day loaner books overdue would result in a $1.50 fine per day. I of course was surprised (does she not realize that it's me, the chick who reads a book or two a day and quite possibly keeps the library in business) But I was sure to tell her that I'd read "Home Safe" first.
At home I debated on reading a different novel first just because I can be snarky like that, but I felt a little guilty since the librarian is a nice lady and I did promise.

Here's a link with a blurb about the book. It saves me time from typing out what it's all about.

So I guess I should give my opinion about the book. Just because I read it in 4 hours doesn't mean anything, I could have hated it and hurried to finish it so I could start another book. But I didn't hate it.

The book was fantastic!

I really enjoyed this Novel. It was well written, very descriptive. I laughed out loud in parts, I almost cried during other parts. It had every element that I look for in a novel. It was articulate, humorous, realistic. I could feel the relationship between the main character and her daughter, I could feel the mother's need to meddle and I also felt irritated on the daughter's behalf. It felt true to real life and real mother daughter relationships with a bit of humorous dysfunction thrown in.

I give "Home Safe" a rating of 4.5 out of 5.

I've added Elizabeth Berg to my list of "Author's I need to read more of". In fact I've put on hold several of her other novels at the library. So you likely will see more novels from this Author on my list of 300. Of course I cannot assume all her works will entertain me as much as Home Safe did, but I will be surprised if her writing will disappoint me. :o)

The First of Many...maybe??

Well my two part challenge started yesterday. Let's see how long I can keep it up.

Challenge #1- Read 300 or more books in one year.

Challenge #2- Blog about it.

The first challenge isn't a big deal. I read all the time. I devour books, they sustain me. Keeps me sharp, or so I'd like to think. The hardest part of this part of the challenge will be book availability. I don't want to read just any book. Children's books I read to my kid do not count. The library is my main source of literature. I am picky about what I read so if I can't get a coveted book in , or if I'm too lazy to actually haul my arse to the library, I guess I'll have to either miss a reading day (one of the 50 or so I'm allowed) or read one of the books I have in my collection (sparse collection).

The second challenge is where I may have a problem. I'm good at starting things...crafts, painting, writing, exercising, baking. But I'm really shitty at finishing things (ie: University).

I have good intentions, really I do, I am just lazy and a procrastinator. So if I don't accomplish said task within a certain amount of time I usually quit (and start something else).

But alas my goal this time around will be accomplished....right! right?

I guess I should start with some self imposed rules. Which I can change whenever I want because it's my blog.

#1. Must read full length books. Novels, short story collections, etc. But must be full length book size.

#2. Must read at least 300 books within one year.

#3. Must blog about books. Give book rating and opinion. Must have blog entry about every individual book I read.

#4. Can read books I previously have read (from my collection) but not a book that I've read already during this challenge. So I can't read Twilight 30 times and count that as 30 books read.

#5. Picture books don't count, neither do any little kid books (Young Adult books count though, because I really enjoy a variety of fiction including books for teens.)

#6. Must give my honest opinion about the book I've read. I will not say a book is great just because Oprah did, or everyone else thinks it's fantastic.

#7. Must not neglect my parental and wifely duties to read. As much fun as it would be to tell the kidlet to watch spongebob while I read, I just can't do it. (but if she reads while I read, well then it's fair game)

I guess I'll probably think of more rules later on.