Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Charmed Thirds-Megan McCafferty

The third Jessica Darling book and I think my favorite so far. I read a lot of reviews before going into this book and people didn't seem to like this book. I loved it.
In this book Jessica is writing in her journal during her breaks from Columbia University. She is going through some drama with Marcus in the whole book. She is also going through what typical college students go through when they are trying to find out who they are and what the future holds for them.
I really liked seeing her grow and also her relationships with her parents and sister grow. She made and lost friends and that is how it goes.
I started Fourth Comings last night.

Eleven on Top-Janet Evanovich

Number Eleven in the Stephanie Plum series. It was as funny as usual. I read it in 2 sittings. The only reason why it wasn't 1 is because I started it later at night.

Stephanie has decided that she is done with being a bounty hunter because she has her apartment back and is tired of having people break in. Throughout the book you hear of her many jobs and they had me laughing out loud.
Her family is back and crazy as ever as Valerie plans her wedding. Lula is back and also as nuts as ever, now that she is a full fledged bounty hunter. Her take downs will again have you laughing out loud.

Stephanie is again, as always, pulled in different directions about her love life and which guy she wants, Joe or Ranger. She is also being harassed by a former FTA, who is it and what will happen?

Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls was a book about a girl who is Anorexic and her and her family's struggle with the disease. Lia goes through a tragedy right at the beginning that paves the way for her self hatred.

This book was sad, but haunting. I haven't had anyone around me with a problem like that so I had no idea what to expect. I really liked Lia and it made me sad reading about her struggle because I felt like I was seeing a friend going through the disease.

I was happy by the ending because it wasn't wrapped up in a bow, but it was done realistically which is the best when it is such a dense true subject. I will be checking out some other books by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Water For Elephants

This is a book that I wouldn't have picked up if it wasn't for all the recommendations. It was on my to read list, but it probably would have sat there. I am glad I was forced to pick it up.

Ms. Gruen really did her research for this book. The book was about a circus that took place during the Great Depression and how the people on the show acted. There was a love story that was woven into the book too, but I don't think it was the main idea of the book.

The friendships in this book and what they did for each other really made me smile and cry. Good friends are the best and sometimes rare.

The main character really found a place in my heart.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Went Back to Childhood again

One of the tasks in my Spring Book Challenge was to read 2 chapter books that I loved as a child. Uhh hello Babysitters Club was my favorite series by far. I always bought them or got them as gifts. So I chose to read 2 super specials. I think these were my 2 favorites.

Starring The Babysitters Club is about the kids being in their school play. The school is putting on Peter Pan and all the babysitters and a lot of their charges are involved in some way. There is some drama when the cast list comes out and such, but of course it is always worked out. I love it.

Babysitters On Board is about the Babysitters going on a cruise and then to DisneyWorld. Maryanne and Stacey are there with the Pikes as mother's helpers and the rest are with Kristy and her family. I never really noticed as a kid, but Dawn is kind of annoying. The book is great. They meet new friends and tell us about cruises.

I have a couple more at home so look for more reviews eventually.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I am famous(well my name is)

The Ashley's by Melissa De La Cruz.

When I grabbed this book, to use as my name as a characters name book, I wasn't sure what it would be like. I was pleasantly surprised.

This book is about 4 girls mostly; 3 Ashley's and a Lauren. The 3 Ashley's have been friends since elementary school and are the most popular girls in their Middle School. They do everything together and the same except their names, one stays Ashley (she is the leader), one is Lili, and one is A.A.

Lauren is working hard to infiltrate their group and things happen to all of them along the way.

I didn't realize when I heard the synopsis that the girls were in middle school, but it wasn't written in a middle school, Babysitters Club way. I will probably read the next one in the series too.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ashley's shelves

Got this over on Great Books and Fresh Coffee. Fun little quiz

Ashley's Dewey Decimal Section:
453 Italian dictionaries
Ashley = 198255 = 198+255 = 453

400 Language

Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don't mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.
Find your Dewey Decimal Section at

Last, but certainly not the least

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The 7th and final book. I love it. I can't believe I am done with the series. It is so bittersweet. I feel like these characters were my real friends, dorky I know. I feel like I grew up with them and I will miss them so.

This book was jammed pack with adventure and love. The core 3 were working together for the greater good. Everything that happened in the series came together and made things made sense. Without spoilers I can't discuss to much.

I recommend anyone who has not read this series to read it now.

My Second Dose of Jessica Darling

Second Helpings is the second book in the Jessica Darling series. She is a senior in this book and she is the same old Jessica, but with a little bit of a spark about her.

I liked this one much better than the first. Jessica does so much growing in this book. She is graduating the same year that I did so maybe that helps me relate to her that much more. Her recounts of September 11th took me right back to my Senior English class watching tv. I knew her feelings and what was going on in her head.

I really enjoyed watching her relationships with others grow in this book; her and her family, her and her friends, her and Marcus, and even her and her sister. They were all done in a real fashion.

I will be reading Charmed Thirds soon I hope.

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince

This book was so good. I can't believe the things that happened in this book. The series is coming to a close and I am not ready to leave my friends. The relationships in this book are just as amazing as the other books. J.K. Rowling is such an amazing writer.

Harry finds out a lot about He who shall Remain Nameless in this book. We get a look into Tom Riddle's past and what made him the man that he is today. We learn what he has done to manage the life that he is currently living.

There is a big tragedy in this book that I didn't see coming, but I think that it was nicely done.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I am starting the Spring Challenge.

Well really it started last Wednesday, but here is my list:

5 POINT TASKS1. In Honor of Mother’s Day read a book about motherhood (fiction or non-fiction) or with the word mother in the title: Someone Like You-Sarah Dessen or The Surrogate

2. Read a book that is released in April, May, or June of 2009. Dead and Gone-Charlaine Harris (May)

3. Read 2 of your favorite childhood chapter books 2 babysitters club books

4. Read a book with a one-word title. Wintergirls-Laurie Anderson

5. Read a book with a flower or plant in the title. Summer of Roses-luanne rice

6. Read a book with a Spring word in the title (Ex: rain, sun, showers, Easter, Grass, Egg) The Year of the Fog

7. Read a book with one of these words in the title: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, or wedding (As June is the big wedding month) Whose Wedding is it anyways

8. Close your eyes and point to a book on your bookshelf/tbr pile and read that book. Haven't picked yet

9. Read a book about Baseball. Alyssa Milano- Safe at home

10.Read a book with the name of a character or person in the title. Harry Potter 7

10 POINT TASKS1. Listen to an audio book

2. Read a collection of short stories/ poetry Friends-David Levithan

3. Read a book that takes place in your city/state ( ) Half Magic- Edward Egar

4. Read a book written by a Hispanic author. Outlander

5. Read a book by a Gay, Lesbian or Transgender author or with a GLT character.

6. Read a Classic:

7. Read a book where the main character is a child. The Boy in the striped Pajamas- John Boyne

8. Read a book your Husband/Significant other picked for you. Marley and Me

9. Read a True Crime Book Columbine: A True Crime story

10. Read a book about a war/soldier. The Book Thief ?

15 POINT TASKS1. Read one of the NBC books (April, May, or June) and participate in the discussion. The little lady agency

2. Read a book that was required of you to read in High School that you didn’t finish or appreciate. A Wrinkle in Time

3. Read a book from the 1001 books you should read before you die. ( ) never let me go

4. Finish a book you started and never finished (You can’t be more than half way through). One Fifth Avenue- Candace Bushnell

5. Read the book that has had a movie counterpart released in 2009: Harry Potter 6

6. A book with the title format "The _____'s ______." (like The Pilot's Wife, The Time-Traveler's Wife, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, etc) The Pilot’s Wife

7. Read a Pulitzer Prize winner.( ): Middlesex

8. Read a book where the character/or author has the same first name as you or your husband/significant other ( The Ashley’s

9. Read a book that was released the year you were born.

10. Hook up with a nestie and read the book they tell you to. Water for Elephants-Sara Gruen

25 Points

1. Jackiback’s task: read a book by the most wonderful, legendary Stephen King: Misery

2. Heyrebekah’s task: Read a fiction novel AND a non-fiction book on the same topic I know this much is true/Saving Millie: A daughter's story about surviving her mother's schizophrenia

Mrs.GinTn’s task: Read a book from a genre that you normally do not read. Chicken soup for the Soul (inspirational)

4. Greenbride624’s task: Read a book and cook a meal inspired by it: Someone Like You or anything else that may come up.

5.Cnthrdlywt2bwz’s task - Choose a song that has meaning to you (or that you like). Read a book where the title or content identify with that song. Complete this task by writing your own song verse or haiku and sharing with us. Lucy Sullivan is getting married/ Going to the chapel

I am not sure how well I will do. These books are on my TBR list, but I have so many I want to read.

The To-read are in Red. The read are in Blue