Monday, March 30, 2009

Book Reviews

Ok so it has been awhile since I have posted a book review. I originally aimed to do one every month. In fact, this post has been sitting here since January because I thought I would be able to finish two books that month. Obviously it is almost April now and the reason it has taken me so long is because the last book I read was completely terrible, but I'll get to that one in a minute.

The first book I read was a quick read and a complete tear jerker. I don't know if I was just in an uber sensitive mood or what, but I cried pretty much all through this one. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch was an excellent book. He wrote this book when he learned that he had 3-6 months to live after his diagnosis of terminal cancer. It's about childhood dreams and the lessons he wanted to leave behind for his young children. It's a definite must read!

The second book (the one that stole all my time away and caused a major new, unread book pile up that I haven't been able to get to because I could hardly get through this one) is The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher. I originally wanted to read it because it was picked as one of the top 100 books for 2008 by Amazon. I will never read that list again. It is basically 600 pages about NOTHING!!! Every time I got into a story line the author would switch to a different topic....and never revisit the other story line. No closure what so ever. I have no idea what the point was or what I was suppose to get out of it. It had the cheesiest ending ever. A total waste of time if you ask me.

Oh, as for what it was about....two families who lived across the street from each other in England. It goes through different stages of each members life and I guess somewhat shows how they intertwined. Ridiculous...everyone I'm sure is rushing to click on the link and buy it now.

It is time for me to move on to better reads....

So tell me, what are you reading now?


  1. 'Water for Elephants' was great. Currently reading 'The Mercy of Thin Air' and it's a good one so far.

  2. I'm reading The Brother's Karamasov by Dostoevsky. It's ... very long. And, the author manages to punctuate the plot with a lot of philosophy. He's truly brilliant. But the plot doesn't exactly move along quickly.

    I also just read (like, this afternoon), Heidi Ashworth's Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind. It was a very quick read. A light and delightful period love story.

    Next on my list, Tolstoy's War & Peace.

    But, one of my all time favorite books is Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men.

  3. I loved The Last Lecture also. We read it for my book club a while back. I have heard a lot about Water for Elephants and I want to check that out sometime. Right now I am reading The Yada Yada Prayer Group #3. I am really enjoying this series.

  4. God of Small Things by Arundati Roy.

  5. "Hurry Down Sunshine" by Michael Greenberg. It's excellent! Also, the Namesake, which is fantastic.

  6. I am reading "The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb, it's a fictional story based what happened at's a great book, I am half way through


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