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Friday, March 20, 2009

I REALLY Love the Mail Lady Today!

I got all of these in the mail today :-) There's 18 in total!!!

Most of them are used but two of them are for me to review. I got I'm Perfect You're Doomed by Kyria Abrahams from Book Divas

Then I got In the Footsteps of Paul by Ken Duncan from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

The rest were a giveaway that I won!!! Lots of Stephen King in there. I can't wait to get started on ALL of these.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Requested Review for Knitting Under the Influence

I got a request to post a review for a book that I read earlier this week. In addition to my reading habit, I'm also a knitter and I was a little biased going into this book. So here is the review:

I won't say that I thought this was a great book, because I'd be lying. But I thought it was ok.

I really liked the book until the end. And I'm all for neat tie-ups and everyone goes away happy but I just didn't see all the outcomes in this book as believable. I know it's fiction but the characters should still be believable, right? The writing style was good and it was easy to follow the dialogue. The character development was great! I think that all the characters were fairly well-rounded and their personalities were fine, until the end. The end could have been so much better and still given the same outcome. I felt like you get to the end of the book and the author needed to get the last bit in but only had so many pages to do it, so she cut it so it would fit.

Bad ending or not I think it was an ok book. I'm going to find something else of her's to read as I really did like her writing style. It was very easy to follow.

I love our mail lady :-)

I got TWO books in the mail today :-)

First one: The Smart one and the Pretty one by Claire LaZebnik. I read her book Knitting Under the Influence and loved they was she develops her characters, plus they are nice chick lit and I always love to throw some of that in there. Another PaperbackSawp.com beauty.

Second one: GateKEEPERS by Sheldon Robert Stone and Rudolf B. Schmerl. I got this one from a LibraryThing giveaway. (I LOVE FREE BOOKS) So I need to get this one going so I can get a review posted soon.

I'm waiting on a bunch of books to come soon (hopefully). I'll make a nice list of them later. I'm also going to add a list of all the books I have at home right now that I want to read!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Constellation Chronicles

I thought this book looks very good. I'm entering a giveaway for it on Goodreads.

Here's a link to the author's website:

I think this is a pretty original idea. I don't think I've quite seen or heard about anything with quite the same plot. I really want to get my hands on this one.

Hope you enjoy the video :-)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Review: Rachel's Tears: 10 Years After Columbine... Rachel Scott's Faith Lives On

Rachel's Tears: 10th Anniversary Edition: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott Rachel's Tears: 10th Anniversary Edition: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott by Beth Nimmo

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was very touching. The story of Rachel Joy Scott, a student who was killed during the Columbine tragedy in April of 1999, is one that is filled with a strong faith in Jesus and God.

Through the journals that Rachel kept, as a way to communicate with God, we are shown her personal struggles that come with living her faith on a daily basis. But the journals Rachel kept are not the only parts to this book. Rachel's parents Beth and Darrell take turns throughout the book talking about certain aspects of their lives before, during and after the tragedy. Their takes on the killer's lives, and the understanding that their daughter had with God.

I found myself crying at so many points throughout this book. Rachel seemed to be a truly caring person, the kind of person that everyone wants to have in their lives. It is a shame that she was taken so early, but in her short life she seemed to have touched so many lives.

While I did enjoy this book I think that toward the end it became somewhat redundant in that Rachel's parents seem to share the same kinds of tidbits about their lives with Rachel. I do not fault them for this, as I can not imagine the task of writing about the loss of a child let alone losing a child so young. But I am glad that they choose to share this story and I hope that through this reading people can find faith and hope.

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Review: Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor: A Novel Sag Harbor: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
We are introduced to Benji and his family as they make their annual summer long trek out to Sag Harbor. The community of the upper/upper middle class African Americans who want to have their own summer place, just like their white counterparts.

The writing style takes a little to get used to but once I was hooked the writing didn't matter only the story did. At times it seemed as if one tale had little or nothing to do with the next but as you step back and look at the story as a whole everything is there for a reason.

I quickly grew attached to Benji and short of a few incidents he seems to be a really good kid, just trying to find his place between two societies. The white prep-school kids he's with at school and his black Sag Harbor friends that he shares his summers with. We are also taken into the 80's with catch phrases like "Dag" and the music that is so often referred to in this book. And anyone who's been a teenager can relate to the situations that Benji finds himself in.

Overall this is one of the best books I've read recently.

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