We survived our 50 books in one year challenge. In 2009 we are still reading...
Friday, December 6, 2013
A lot of people say they liked The Twelve better. I can't really say which I preferred, because I do know that I really enjoyed following along very closely to Amy in the first book, and although she was still an integral character, the second book introduced us to many new story lines and jumped around in time. I missed Amy, but I also formed a bond to the new characters as well. It was great how all the new story lines were interesting on their own, but then all very simply tied in to the bigger picture of characters at the end.
And nice twist with the actual "twelve." I suppose we all saw it coming, but from the get-go I was confused why the book wouldn't be called The Eleven.
4 out of 5.
I did see the trailer for Divergent the movie and was intrigued. It seemed much more intense than I expected out of a teen-based movie, so we'll see how it turns out.
Overall 2 out of 5
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I had no idea about the plot of the novel other than what is says on the back. I had no idea I was picking up another book about the holocaust.
Somehow in this book you don't get the ick feeling with the relationship between the 15 year old and 36 year old.... maybe because it's a young boy rather than young girl? But as the novel concludes and you've seen how his life has been extremely affected and molded by his love affair with an older woman you reassess your feelings about what you didn't judge as harshly at the beginning.
4 out of 5.
The "choose your own adventure" sort of plot was interesting and new to me. Not that we actually got to choose, but a few times in the novel he goes down one road, and then backtracks and says, nope, nevermind that actually didn't happen that way, but it could have, but this is what actually happened.
I'm still struggling to understand the motivations of the characters. Specifically, the "woman." This book would have been ideal to read in a discussion class because there is just too much to absorb when reading for pleasure.
3.5 out of 5.
It was a good attempt at a coming of age, character/relationship development book. The ending seemed like it was going to end extremely tidy and then it just takes a nose dive. I did not see it coming.
3 out of 5.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Pros of this book: there were chapters that included cats and dogs talking to each other. Cons of this book: there were chapters that included cats and dogs talking to each other. Apparently Mungo the dog is something of a sleuth.
After finishing I found out this is book #22 of the Richard Jury mystery series, so I was a bit behind in understand who all the characters were, because they definitely played an integral part in the plot--even if not the central killers/killees.
But really, how can I resist a book titled The Black Cat?
Mystery genre: 2 out of 5
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Blum ties together the present day story of Trudy, a professor of German history, along with the story of Anna, her mother, a German woman who lived through the war in Germany. It tackles the question of "what would you do?" Much easier answered than done. I continue to enjoy reading the story of WWII from various perspectives, because nothing is ever completely black or white, right?
3.5 out of 5