Saturday, March 31, 2012
Hilarious. I'm sure I was getting plenty of dirty looks for laughing out loud when I read this in public.
Mindy Kaling discusses her childhood as well as her thriving career as writer/star of "The Office."
I picked up this book as a mindless read -- the title, cover and author's name seemed to point to a bodice-ripper type tale.
Instead, this book turned out to be a historical mystery/thriller type. Don't get me wrong -- there are a couple of risque scenes of but they are relatively tame. The main topic of the book is trying to find a murderer in the time of Napolean.
I found the plot surprisingly intriguing. And they really need to change the cover (at the very least) in order to have a wider readership.
Friday, March 30, 2012
The Philadelphia Inquirer says, "Will blow you away", the Boston Sunday Globe calls it "Riveting", New York Times says it is "Terrific" and People Magazines says it is a "Page Turner". They are all right in my opinion. Apparently Killing Floor is Lee Child's first novel.
From the prologue:
"Hook Hobie owed the whole of his life to a secret nearly thirty years old. His liberty, his status, his money, everything. And like any cautious guy in his particular situation, he was ready to do what was necessary to protect his secret. Because he had a lot to lose. The whole of is life."
Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbord
Incredible story...sixteen-year-old Ryan is back home after a stay in a mental institution after trying to kill himself. But his healing has only started when Nicki barges into his life, asking questions he hasn't even answered for himself.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
parasite that can take over thier brain.
Epic, epic, epic! All the pieces are falling into place and the curtain is going up on the biggest showdown mankind has ever known. Welcome to the end of the world as you know it. I loves this series.
This book sets up the beginning stages of a final epic battle over mankind. You find out that all the genocide and deaths of the world are nothing more than a stepping stone towards the greatest and most evil power ever known. Liked it alot!
Evil is inside everyone, it lives, it breaths, and grows. Some times an innocent face hides the greatest evil and beauty can be the best disguise. Loved this one, it was dark, twisted and unexpected.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
The View from the Top by Hillary Frank
Tobin, Matt, Lexi, Jonah, and Mary-Tyler are all high school kids, most of who are deciding what to do with their lives after high school. And Anabelle is the girl who holds them together. Anabelle feels so very alone while everyone vies for her attention in their own ways. And while she know that it is a very minor ordeal in the grand scheme of things, she also feels that there is no one who feels quite the way she does.
Killing Britney by Sean Olin
Britney knows that someone is out to get her. She knows that her mother was murdered, and that she was the true target. And now, whoever wants her dead, has come back to finish the job, starting with everyone who is close to her.
This book fell short. Dark twisted storyline, that almost came across as fluffy. You think you are diving into the mind of mental illness, but you end with a feeling of 'well, whatever.'
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2009 winner of the Newbery Medal
Nobody Owens, a little boy very much alive, is being raised in the graveyard by ghosts. I found the concept of this book fascinating, but didn't really get into the writing. Granted, I may have been the only one, since Newbery Winners are always the best of the best, in my opinion.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Let the conspirancy begin, as it turns out the government is in on it all and being controlled by the "Sins"and this war that they have been fighting thier whole lives is just a game. Talk about a mind trip.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
After Adelia's parents were killed in an accident leaving her an orphan at age ten, her father's sister took over her care as well as running the farm. When the aunt had a paralytic stroke, Adelia was forced to divide her time between running the farm and caring for Aunt Lettie. After Lettie's death, Adelia is invited to come to America to live with Uncle Padrick who trains thoroughbred horses.
by Anne, a lay apostle
From inside the front of the book, "This book was written in obedience to Jesus and Mary. It is dedicated to all lay apostles who seek to climb the mountain of holiness.
This is my Lenten read.
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Winner of the Newbery Medal 2002
Tree-ear is a orphan, living with a dear older friend under a bridge in ancient Korea. When he is not looking for food in the rubbish heaps, he is fascinated by the local potters. His biggest dream is to become a famous potter like the men from his village. He finally gets his opportunity to learn from a conatankerous old man, Min. He chops wood for the kiln, hauls clay from the river, but it seems as if Min will never let him actually learn to throw a pot.
Lights on the Nile by Donna Jo Napoli
Fairies were first recorded in ancient Egypt. This is the story of a young girl who is kidnapped along with her pet baboon, and how her adventures lead to her becoming a fairy.
Napoli is excellent, as always, but this is aread for the very young.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
I finally broke down and read it, because I couldn't turn the radio on without hearing about it. I was actually kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and how fast a read it was.
The Tommyknockers, by Stephen King
I enjoyed the characters in the book, because they seemed like they would people you might know. At the same time, aliens aren't really my thing and the book seemed like it just kind of dragged on and on.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Grace grows up knowing she is adopted, but after her family moves to San Francisco, her world begins to fall apart. She starts seeing monsters that no one else around her can see.
Gretchen grew up on the streets, seeing monsters and believing herself to be crazy until her mentor, Ursula, found her and explained her history. She is the descendant of Medusa. And contrary to the myths taught in school, Medusa was a protector, keeping the monsters in the prison realm. As her heir, it is Gretchen's job to send them back to their realm as they appear in the human world.
Greer is a spoiled rich girl, who has her whole life to look forward to.
Gretchen, Grace, and Greer are in for an even bigger surprise when they discover they are identical triplets seperated at birth. They are the key generation that can turn the tides of history.
Not my cup of tea. But it was well written, fast paced, and I think teen girls will really love the three women who find their own strengths while learning to trust each other. This is the first in a trilogy.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Situated Language and Learning: A Critique of Traditional Schooling, by James Paul Gee
Situated Language and Learning looks at the specialist academic varieties of language that are used in disciplines such as mathematics and the sciences. It argues that the language acquisition process needed to learn these forms of language is not given enough attention by schools, and that this places unfair demands on poor and minority students.
The book compares this with learning as a process outside the classroom, applying this idea to computer and video games, and exploring the particular processes of learning which take place as a child interacts with others and technology to learn and play. In doing so, Gee examines what video games can teach us about how to improve learning in schools and engages with current debates on subjects such as 'communities of practice' and 'digital literacies'."
Interesting at first, kind of ended dry. But then it is academic theory.