Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I'm having a really hard time getting through The Sweet Far Thing. At this point I"m not sure if it's the book or if I'm burnt out from reading so much, I just simple have no motivation to read right now. But I have 5 days left for Feb, so hopfully I can reach my goal. Wish me luck I know I'll need it :/

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dear John, Another Distraction

I still haven't finish A Sweet Far Thing, that book is very long and difficult to read but I will prevail and finish it this week! It will be my 4th book for February, keeping me right on track! On Friday night out of boredom of watching Josh start and finish Modern Warfare 2 video game I started reading Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. I don't know what I was thinking, thought I like Sparks writing and it's easy to read; his books make me cry and remind me even further of the love I want by don't have. Don't worry I'm not gonna get all depressed on you, that's just how his stories make me feel! But I"m glad to report that this is the first Sparks novel I've read that a main character didn't die!!!!!! If you have never read a Sparks novel, someone always dies. I think it's his go to when he needs to end it!

Any who, despite the crying I liked this book. I think it's actually my favorite Sparks novel ( I've only read two others, The Notebook and A Walk to Remember) so far, though I 'm not sure how many others I will read, I'm not a fan of the crying and dying thing. I think another reason I liked this novel more than his other is because it's set in modern time, made it so much easier to relate to. It's set in 2000-2006 and goes into the war on Iraq and the events of 9/11. Knowing that these things are still affecting our everyday and reading Sparks view on it hit close to home in a way that reminded me that it's still very real. Like I said, it's much easier to relate too.

As far a my star rating I'm gonna give this book 4 of 5 stars but only because I cried so much, I don't like the crying! Just like The Time Traveler's Wife, I will eventually watch the film and give my review on it as well. If you were considering reading this book but still weren't sure I hope this post helps.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kansas City Library

Central Library Parking Garage Community Bookshelf
The Community Bookshelf is a striking feature of Kansas City's downtown. It runs along the south wall of the Central Library's parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The book spines, which measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet, are made of signboard mylar. The shelf showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.

Monday, February 15, 2010

History of Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

I was really excited to finally be reading the actually story of Alice in Wonderland but I've found that I've know the real story all along. All the movie adaptations of this novel are pretty close if not completely accurate! Except the singing, of course. However, I couldn't help but sing along in my head to "Painting the Roses Red"!!!!!! This was a very easy and fast read, I started reading it around midnight on Saturday and finished literally minutes ago.... and I only devoted maybe 3 hours to it in total! Not bad at all! Classic story, everyone will love and enjoy. As long as you don't know the circumstances in which Carroll wrote it..... I'll post some info for those who are interested......read at your own risk! Being such a delightful little tale this is the first book I will be giving 5 STARS!!!! Everyone really should read of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Slight Change....Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

I'm still reading The Sweet Far Thing but in hopes of helping a friend with homework I will be reading Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland aka Alice in Wonderland! I should be done with it tomorrow night or early Monday Morning! As always my review will follow!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Time Traveler's Wife: THE MOVIE

Step away from the DVD player, DO NOT watch this movie. It completely ruins the story. It's awful, awful, awful!!!! Even if you haven't read the book this movie is bad. I knew the story understood what was going on and I was still confused!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!! Don't say I didn't tell you....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is by far the most original and fantastic novel I've read in a long while! However, it was slightly hard to get into because at first it's hard to understand and remember what time in the story it is and who is telling it, as it switches between the two main Characters ( Henry and Clare) and goes back and forth through time. Once I had that down I couldn't stop reading! I was also slightly disappointed in the ending, it just left me wanting more but didn't leave it open for a sequel. Which I can understand why the author ended things the way she did but I would have done it differently. I highly recommend this novel to anyone, especially those of you who are hooked on romantic novels! You know who you are! I found that this book read much like a Nicolas Sparks novel without all the drama of unforeseen circumstances. Anyway, it's a great book, you should read it. I really need someone to read it, so that I may talk about in detail, I really should join a book club! Maybe I"ll start one......
I give a 4.5 of 5 stars!

Just a little note on Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife, is her first novel. I really think she is a writer to watch, I only hope that she writes more. I found her to be more original than most and that was very refreshing in a world where VAMPIRE novels is all that sells anymore. Don't get me wrong I"m a fan of Twilight but it's getting a little old, don't you think?
Anyway, my next book is the last in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing, by Libba Bray.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Rebel Angels

The last of my reads for Jan 2010 is Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. This is the second of the Gemma Doyle Trilogue and so far the least interesting. I understand that maybe some of this book was necessary but I felt as if I were reading the ramblings of a child at times. It took 25-30 chapters in order for me to get interested in the story and even then it wasn't very interesting. It also felt like it was ending the story entirely but there is a 3rd book. It seems that Libba Bray had not left any story for the 3rd installment. I will be reading the 3rd book, The Sweet Far Thing, in hopes that Rebel Angels is a fluke. A book that falls under what I call the curse of trilogies. The first book/movie/whatever is amazing and draws you and you can's wait to see what happens, the second is boring, dry and seemingly pointless, a means to an end. Bringing us to the third, which is just as fantastic as the first but mostly likely better and you finally get to see the end, where your favorite or least favorite character has landed!

My Ramblings being said I'm hoping this trilogy falls into that but I have some doubts. But being a glutton for punishment and a hopeless romantic I will read the 3rd because honestly I'm dying to find out what happens Kartick, Protective Indian Boy that secretly holds Gemma's heart! Silly I know! I guess I will just have to wait and see if this book will have been pointless or actually relevant to the story. As can be expect from my ranting this book will only be recieving 2 of 5 stars, harsh I know but it has been a painful week!

Until I can acquire a copy of A Sweet Far Thing, I will be reading this week The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger! Hopefully it's a much easier and faster read!