Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Friends borrow a lot of things; boyfriends should not be one of those things! Darcy and Rachel have been best friends since childhood, but on the night of Rachel's 30th birthday that changes. Dexter, Darcy's fiance and Rachel's best friend from law school, start something more than a friendship. The story is much more than someone stealing a boyfriend. It is about friendship and how some friendships, although long in length, can be toxic to both people and not a true friendship. Something Borrowed is told from Rachel's point of view and the story does continue in Something Blue, told from Darcy's point of view. Both are a fast, quick read for someone looking for a good chic lit book! Look for Something Borrowed in the theaters in May.

Mockingjay by Susanne Collins

This is the third and final book in the Hunger Games series. In this book Katniss is struggling with how she was betrayed by Hamage and the other tributes that were in the arena with her. Peeta was taken by the capitol and brain washed to the extent that he wanted to kill Katniss every time he saw her. The districts joined together with an unexpected "area" to try to over throw the capitol. Over all it was a wonderful series. The last book was a bit disappointing. It seemed to drag somewhat but it did bring everything together at the end.

Monday, April 11, 2011

How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg

This interesting book is not for the squeamish! It tells in detail how 19 famous people died. Before the time of modern medicine dying could be a messy business. Throughout history we have been told the accomplishments and achievements of famous people but the truth of how they died has been glossed over. I was amazed at how long bleeding a person was thought to be helpful. George Washington went through several "treatments" that were supposed to help him, but in the end I think they just increased his misery. Interesting stuff about Julius Caeser to Beethoven to Einstein. I enjoyed reading the whole thing and learned some history as well.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman

A young woman goes missing in a small town in upstate New York and her body is found five months later right outside of town. Obviously the murderer is one of the locals, but when the newspaper reporter, an "outsider" from Cleveland, tries to get to the bottom of the story, no one wants to talk. The book is difficult to follow at first because the narrative changes point of view and time period with every short chapter. I stuck with it and found the story and characters compelling, and the book well worth reading. I will be thinking about this one for a long time.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Decision Points by George W. Bush

The book was about the decisions President Bush made before his political career and during his Presidency. I thought this was a very difficult book to get through. He went into so much detail about every choice made that it was difficult to continue with knowing that not every one of his decisions were actually as good as he claimed them to be. I listen to this book on cd so I was unable to skip through these parts. The reader of this audio did a good job, his voice was fairly close to President Bush's voice so it was easy to think he was actually telling the story.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

I really enjoyed this particular title. It had a jaw dropping ending. It took a while to get into but by the end I wasn't able to put it down. The book is set in the present day but takes the reader back and forth from the present to WWII. It gave some insight to what it was like in Leningrad during the war. It is a love story with some dramatic twists.

the Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond's Blog "The Pioneer Woman" is a very popular blog destination. This book comes from her dating and marriage story she wrote about on her blog. Expanded from the blog, fans and newcomers will like this well written story. I laughed and I cried as this city gal "Ree" fell in love with a cattle rancher. Told with Ree's distinctive style I hearily recommend this book.