11.05.2009

More Thoughts From My Book Nook {and an AHA Moment}

Could somebody please slap me? Thanks. How long have I been blogging and occasionally posting book reviews the hard way? TOOooo long. I would update my Goodreads page, then I'd search for images, find links and write a blog post. Duh! I was basically reinventing the wheel each time like a cave man with no short term memory.

Today is a new day because I discovered Goodreads has a widget thing that does it for you. It's probably been available for, like, ever and I'm just realizing it. Again, I say DUH! (You can say it with me if you'd like, I don't mind.) I've been faithfully chipping away at my list for the Fall Into Reading 2009 Challenge. In case you missed it, here is my first fall review post. I must say, I like having a set list to choose from, it seems to keep me on track. The list though is of course flexible, I recently read two WWII espionage books not on my original list, but were a nice surprise.

Here are some of my thoughts about my latest reads:

My Life in France


My Life in France by Julia Child

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thoroughly enjoyed reading about Julia Child's life as she discovered her true calling later in her life. She was honest, had a great sense of humor and a spirit of adventure. I can't say I'll ever try French cooking, but she made me want to.


John Adams John Adams by David McCullough

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wavered between 4 and 5 stars, so maybe I'll call it 4.5 worthy. John Adams was such an interesting man with many strengths and flaws. I am impressed with his journaling habits (he would definitely be a blogger today), his self-reflection, his humor, his groundedness, his willingness to serve his country, his abilty to perservere when the deck was stacked against him, his love for his wife Abigail and his family, and on and on.

This was not a dry, yawn-ish biography at all, very enjoyable and nicely paced. I also liked reading portions of the letters between John and his wife Abigail and between John and Thomas Jefferson. Makes me sad that paper correspondence is such a lost art today.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the second in the YA sci-fi/fantasy series centering around half-blood (half human, half Greek god) Percy Jackson and his fellow half-blood friends. It was a fun read and helped me brush up on my Greek mythology at the same time. I've heard the later books are even better, so I look forward to reading them.

The Spies of Warsaw

The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While I enjoy reading about WWII, I had never read a typical spy/espionage novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will read more of Alan Furst's novels in the future.





The Unlikely Spy The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I never really thought I would enjoy WWII espionage novels, but as it turns out, I do. Certain parts were too explicit, but the overall story was paced well and interesting.




Prayers for Sale Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I don't know. I usually enjoy Sandra Dallas, but this one seemed dull to me. Sweet story, but kind of...blah.





When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sweet YA/middle school story about friendship, belonging and time travel. Yes, time travel.





The Leisure Seeker: A Novel The Leisure Seeker: A Novel by Michael Zadoorian

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I liked the basic story, that of a terminally ill woman and her husband who has Alzheimers, taking off on a last RV road trip. Against the advice of their family and their doctors, they leave Detroit and head out to California and Disneyland by way of Route 66. They share adventures and memories along the way, which is really sweet. What earned this book only 2 stars was the coarse language used way too liberally. C'mon, one or three here and there, okay, but this was ridiculous.

Assassination Vacation Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Very enjoyable, if it's appropriate to say you enjoyed reading about three presidential assassinations, that is. Lots of historical tidbits, humorous observations and comparisons to today's political issues.



The Partly Cloudy Patriot The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Entertaining selection of essays full of Sarah's wit and perspective. Topics range from historical political events to modern day happenings.


I still have several books on my challenge list, although I'm not pressuring myself to race through them or anything just to finish the challenge. My inquiring nosy mind now wants to know what you have been reading lately. Do tell.

4 comments:

  1. Your little eyes have not had a rest!!! I'm still in Little Women. Liking it so far and wish we would have toured the inside of The Orchard House in MA...next time! :)

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  2. I didn't know about that feature from Goodreads, so I'm "duh" right along with you.

    It's so pleasing to see that you're reading so much. What's your process? Are you a bedtime reader, multiple times a day reader, take a book everywhere you go reader or what? Because to be getting through this many books you must be doing something right!

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  3. I feel like I should have put a disclaimer because some of those were YA books, a bit lighter and easier to read.

    I usally read at night before bed and in the mornings with a cup of coffee. If I have to wait somewhere I'll take a book along and if the book really has my attention, I'll read as much as I can fit in during the day (to the neglect of the house, chores and sometimes family).

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  4. I just finished Sword in the Storm by David Gemmel. I would call it a fantasy genre novel, I guess, but also adventure. The author has written a trilogy that was loosely based on the Trojan War that I enjoyed, so I'm reading more of his stuff. Lots of fighting, but also romance and stuff. Entertaining.

    Today I started No Less Than Victory by Jeff Shaara. It is the third book in his historical fiction trilogy about WWII. He uses diaries, letters, etc of figures from the time to recreate the human element of a story we are all familiar with. I love his books, although sometimes the military tactics get a little dry. I loved, loved, loved his book Rise to Rebellion, about the Revolutionary War.

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