Sunday, January 31, 2010

It's snowing books

This happens to be one of my favorite times of year to read and read and read. Days are shorter and there's something relaxing about curling up with a good book, cuppa something, and not feel pulled to be outside (as I so often am at other times of the year). Like any addiction, the more you turn to it, the more you crave it. So with already 7 books under my belt this year, I wanted to share some quick thoughts before I forget the things that made them so memorable. Outliers, The Anybodies, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Alabama Moon, The Cupcake Queen, A Reliable Wife.

Alabama Moon was surprisingly good--great book to recommend to boys who like Gary Paulsen or Holes. I read it and could envision it as a movie, did a quick internet search and found that it has already been made into a film w/John Goodman, but maybe hasn't been released yet! Cupcake Queen I read in a flash last night. It reminded me a bit of Sarah Dessen's books--but lighter and for younger girls. Loved all the bakery bits--my ideal job would be to run a bookstore/bakery. The Anybodies took me a bit to get into, but I really liked its quirkiness and the house made out of books. Loved that I could figure out almost every book she wove into the story. Guernsey and A Reliable Wife were both for my book group and they were great. Totally different from one another, but very enjoyable. Guernsey was unique in that it's all told in letters, and was a lighter read. A Reliable Wife really got under my skin and was disturbing and the rare example of a book where my dislike of the characters' actions didn't make me dislike the book or even the characters themselves. Finally, Outliers was the sole non-fiction selection and was excellent! I really found it engrossing and as a parent, I could apply some of the examples. More on that later...

Next on the bookshelf: Going Bovine (Printz award-winner for 2010), Half-Broke Horses, I am the Messenger, Vive la Paris.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kara,
    I'm off today so I was catching up on my blog list, and came across your post. Love reading about books! Our family just loves books, we have a bookshelf filled in almost every room of our house. Noah has been reading a lot lately, so I grab my book and read along with him when he's reading his. He's reading the "39 clues" series right now, and we are reading "The Lightning Thief" together as a 'bedtime story'. I'd like to read that "Mysterious Benedict Society" with him too. I saw they have a few other books that come after that one. Katie is very into Nicholas Sparks right now. I have a lot of his books, and she has been raiding my bookshelf for them. I just read a book called "The Weight of Silence" by Heather Gudenkauf from the library - very good, and I think I'm going to read "The Lovely Bones" next. I have a lot of books in my to-read pile, someday I'll get to them. If you ever open your bookstore/bakery, keep me in mind. ;-)