Monday, April 30, 2012

My Thoughts On Two For The Dough

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Summary from Goodreads...
From the author of One for the Money comes the second clever comic mystery featuring irrepressible bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.  Here, Stephanie finds herself on the trail of a killer who happens to have a distant relative who's a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.


This was my second Janet Evanovich book.  I read the first book in the Stephanie Plum series, One for the Money at the beginning of March.  I really liked it, so I thought I'd give the second in the series, Two for the Dough a try.  I wasn't disappointed.  This was such a fun book and a pleasure to read!  

Stephanie is still trying to make a living bounty hunting, and is still bad at it.  She still has a knack for getting herself into bad situations that her love-hate childhood crush Joe Morelli always seems to be there to get her out of.  The interaction between Stephanie and Joe is one my favorite parts of these books.  Another great character in this book is Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's grandmother.  She is hilarious!

I laughed out loud at this book several times, and that's rare for me.  There are lots of books that have made me cry, smile, or chuckle, but not many that have made me laugh out loud.  I'll definitely be reading the next one in the series.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Memoirs In May

I'm still participating in the Cupcakes War Reading Challenge being hosted by Brenda at Curling Up With a Good Book.  I've really enjoyed reading all the different genres throughout the year so far.  The genre for May is Memoir, and it's definitely a genre I don't read a lot.

I've started doing a little research, and I've come up with a list of a few ideas.

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Have you read any of these?  What did you think?  

Thursday, April 26, 2012

90's Style...

I'm really enjoying Two for the Dough!  I'm about a 1/3 of the way through and I think Stephanie Plum is even more hilarious in this one than the first one.  I love reading about her 90's style...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Thoughts On The Lucky One...The Movie And The Book

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From the back cover...
After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck, winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat.  Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune:  the photograph--his lucky charm. 
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can't seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her.  But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels when his search leads him to Elizabeth, a divorced mother in North Carolina with a young son--and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret.  As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, Thibault's secret will soon threaten to tear them apart, destroying not only their love, but also their lives.


I started reading this book after I saw a preview for the movie and knew that I wanted to see it.  After finishing the book and watching the movie--I am happy to say I loved them both.

As is always true when I love a book--I really really loved the characters in this one.  Logan, Elizabeth, Ben, Nana, and even Keith Clayton, Elizabeth's horrible ex-husband are all great characters.  You also get to read a lot of each character's inner thoughts.  There is lots of dialogue of course, but it's what the characters are thinking and not saying that I find most fascinating.  Their inner thoughts are what make this book great for me.

Although it is rare for me...I do believe I liked the movie just a little more than the book.  I think the casting was great.  Zac Efron was awesome as Logan.   I really liked Taylor Schilling as Elizabeth, and Jay R. Ferguson played the best jerk I've ever seen!

So, I'd definitely recommend both the movie and the book.  If you are a Nicholas Sparks fan you'll love both.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

50 Pages In...

I'm a little over 50 pages into The Lucky One, and I'm liking it so far.  Looking forward to finishing it before Saturday because it's DATE NIGHT, and that means an ADULT movie...Yay!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Thoughts On How To Eat A Cupcake

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Free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds.  Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clair's housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia's San Francisco mansion, and they forged a bond that only two little girls oblivious to class differences could--until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.
A decade later, Annie bakes to fill the void left by her mother's death, and a painful secret jeopardizes Julia's engagement to the man she loves.  A chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, but when a mysterious saboteur opens up old wounds, they must finally face the truth about their past or risk losing everything.


What an awesome title!  Reading and could you go wrong with this one.  I'm happy to say I  was not disappointed.  How to Eat a Cupcake was a really fun read with a few surprises.

I really liked both of the main characters in this book.  Annie and Julia are so different, but I found myself caring for both.  I do have to admit I favored Annie a bit though.  Maybe that's because I could identify with her a little more than Julia.

There was lots of humor in this book as well as very serious situations, both of which I expected.  What I didn't expect was the mystery that developed.  I feel like it was such an important part of the book, adding another layer to all that's going on in these women's lives.  Loved it!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys women's fiction or chic lit, and maybe even to those of you who like a good mystery.  The mystery really was my favorite thing about this book.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mostly Free And A Few Paid...

Since I've had my Kindle Fire I've downloaded lots of books...mostly free and a few paid.  I thought I'd share a few of my latest downloads today.

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Let me know if you've read any of these and what you thought.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Thoughts on The Thorn Birds

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From the first page in the book...
Spanning three generations and an infinite range of human emotions, THE THORN BIRDS is the story of a singular family, the Clearys, who leave New Zealand to live on a vast Australian sheep station, where their triumphs and tragedies are interwoven with the wonder and terror of a land ravaged by cycles of drought, fire, and torrential flood.  But most of all, it is the story of Meggie, who falls madly in love with a man she can never marry, and of Ralph, a truly beautiful man, whose ambition takes him from Outback parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican--but whose love for Meggie Cleary will lead to a passion he cannot control. 
The novel begins in 1915 and ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, Justine, a brilliant London actress sets a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.


Let me just start by saying that until I started reading the book, I always thought that The Thorn Birds was a book about a family called Thorn Bird...embarrassing but true.

This book was not a fast read for me.  It took me a really long time.  It wasn't always easy or pleasant, but it was well worth the effort.  I absolutely loved The Thorn Birds...every page of it.   It's one of those beautifully rare books that will stay with me forever.  There are books that  you read and like but slowly forget after some time goes by.  I know that this will not be the case with The Thorn Birds.  I will always remember this book because I loved, loved, loved, all the characters.  Even when I was furious with them for their stubbornness and their inability to see what was right in front of them, I still loved them.

This book is full of beautiful scenery, and the description of everyday life on a sheep station in Australia in the early 1900's is exactly the type of thing I love to read about in books...a little trip back in time to see how others live.  I'm so interested in the little details of how people lived in the past.

But I think most of all The Thorn Birds is a story about perseverance and the strength of the human spirit.  It's about how as people living in this world we know bad things will happen, but we keep on living anyway.  I finally get the title now.  In the beginning of The Thorn Birds there is a legend written about a bird...

There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth.  From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one.  Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself up the longest, sharpest spine.  And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out carol the lark and the nightingale.  One superlative song, existence the price.  But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles.  For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain...Or so says the legend.

So just in case you haven't guessed all ready...I would definitely recommend this book to anyone but especially to those who love historical fiction.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant

I just added a book to my to-be-read list...Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant.

I saw an interesting preview for the upcoming movie based on this book starring Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Leave a comment and let me know if you've read this book and what you think about it.

I'll definitely be seeing this one!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Thorn Birds...Have You Seen It?

Has anyone seen this?  I'm going to try to hunt it down after I finish the book.  If you've seen it leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

The Thorn Birds

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I Had Forgotten My Intentions...

I'm actively reading two books right now.  I'm near the end of The Thorn Birds, and about in the middle of How to Eat a Cupcake.  There couldn't be two more different books, and I'm loving that fact.  It's a real joy to go back and forth...sort of clear my head, which has been necessary with The Thorn Birds because it's such a heavy book...lots of tragedy.

I have been annoyed lately by how slow I'm reading which has led to fewer and fewer posts.  I'm not really sure why my pace has just has and frankly I'm confused by it.  Then today it hit me...I have forgotten my intentions when I started this blog...TO TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING HAVING TO DO WITH READING!...not just review books.  Don't get me wrong I love to give my opinions about the books I read, but that's not all I had intended to do when I started this blog.  I had always intended to talk about what I read each day, talk about any research I do, magazines, recipes, etc.--my reading life in general.  Starting today I'm going to try to get back to this, and make time each day to visit the blogs I love.  It's funny how fast we can get sidetracked in life, so wish me luck in getting back on track (: