I know, I know. I'm a total book hypocrite. I used to make fun of women who read boatloads of Jodi Picoult and look at me now! This is the 4th. book of hers I've reviewed for CC! But, I've said it once, I'll say it again - she is GREAT for entertaining reading.
"Water for Elephants" tells the story of Jacob Jankowski. It flips back and forth between the present when Jacob is ninety or ninety-three (he is a little unsure and doesn't really care) and when he was 23. The modern-day Jacob lives in a nursing home, where he is far from happy and very aware of his gradual, but inevitable demise.
feel like I've been picking dull books lately, so, like last week with "The Curious Incident...", I'm taking another highly recommended book for a test drive. My mom has been raving about "The Poisonwood Bible" for years and even though we don't always see eye-to-eye when it comes to literature, I decided to finally cave.
A few years ago while visiting my cousin in Toronto, she gave me this book and said that I absolutely had had had to read it. Of course, it got tossed onto my overstuffed bookshelf and forgotten about for a long time. Recently, I decided to clean up my bookshelf, came across this little gem and decided to finally give in to my cousin's advice.
I'm going to say that my Saturday Read for this week has to be one of the most interesting and unique to date. Okay, okay - anything to do with "Twilight" totally screams boy-crazy tweens. I'll admit, I've read all four of the books. And perhaps I enjoyed them. They are good if you consider what you're reading and expect entertainment and not a literary masterpiece.
"Stolen" was definitely one of the most unique books I have ever read. When I read the synopsis, I knew I would like it: A girl is kidnapped and brought to the Australian outback and struggles with her feelings about her captor. I mean, I'm a nerdy psychology major and this one has STOCKHOLM SYNDROME written all over it. And it's YA!
I am a HUGE fan of John Green! I've previously reviewed two of his books, so when I saw that he would be writing with another YA heavy-hitter, David Levithan, I knew I had to get my hands on it. After begging publishers for an advanced reader of "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" (unsuccessfully, might I add), I surrendered and bought myself a brand new hardcover the very day it was released
To be honest, I had never really read much of Meg Cabot's work. I dabbled in the Princess Diaries series (FYI: so superior to the movies) and I know she is a fabulously well-known chick-lit author, but nothing I saw ever enticed me to pick it up and give it a go.
For me, March is all about light reading. With my exams right around the corner (including an ominous GRE! - wish me luck!), I spend most of my days buried in textbooks, so when I grab a book for bedtime reading, I am the mood for something to take my mind off of my homework. Jodi Picoult is always a great choice for a stressful time; with each of her books, she creates an entire new world that totally enamors the reader
When I was younger, I was obsessed with Japanese culture. I tried to learn Japanese, read every book set in Japan I could manage and even made my mom take me out for sushi in the cultured city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, years before sushi was "hip." Since then the obsession has died off considerably, but I still feel something for Japan. I had heard that "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden was a fantastic read from just about everyone, including my mom and hair-dresser, but never managed to pick it up.
I read "My Sister's Keeper" in the summer and finished it off in about 4 hours. And, although I hate to admit it (I'm a book snob), I really, really enjoyed it. So, when I felt like a read that could really tug at my heartstrings, I knew I should head to the Picoult section of my local bookstore.
I am normally terrified of zombies or anything of the sort. Seriously, I get nightmares every time I watch a zombie movie. Even Thriller scares me sometimes. Too bad it took me a little while to realize that The Unconsecrated in "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" were essentially zombies.
I'll admit it - I have a problem. I'm slightly addicted to all things paranormal. My DVR is bursting with old episodes of Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State and I have read every single Fear Street book ever printed. However, despite my voracious appetite for this stuff, I still find it rare to stumble across a decent supernatural thriller.
So you're home for break. And it's wonderful. But what are you going to do with all that downtime for the next three weeks? How about do a little reading for pleasure? You know what I'm talking about, right?
If the name Janet Fitch sounds familiar to you, that's because I've already reviewed her first novel "White Oleander." I was so impressed with that book that I decided to pick up her second book, "Paint it Black." I know that it's the Christmas season and all my book picks should be holly and jolly, but I'm making an exception for "Paint it Black" because I was just so excited to read it.