So, I have a few items of business to take care of in this post. First of all, I have decided to take part in a Valentine's Day Goody swap. I did a Christmas stocking swap and it was sooo much fun that I've decided to jump on the love train and give (and get) some v-day goodies. If you'd like to jump on the love train too check it out here. You might even get to send ME some goodies! Here is my questionnaire for this swap:
- What is your idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day? Romantic dinner at a nice restaurant without the kids. But since there are no nice restaurants here (or really any at all) maybe a nice candlelit dinner that I didn't have to cook.
- In reality, what is your Valentine’s Day really like? Varies from year to year. Usually a bit nicer dinner here at home with all the kids. Last year I got a root canal on Valentines day, bitter irony, huh?
- If you could have a lifetime supply of your favorite sweet indulgence, what would it be? Dove chocolates.
- Is there any sweet treat you absolutely do not like? Conversation hearts, black licorice(which hubby loves, blah)
- If you fell into a pool of chocolate, how would you get out? Why would I?
Secondly, I took this fun little survey about what kind of reader I am. Not really a huge surprise here. It's quick and easy if you want to take it too and see what kind of reader are you.... (bad grammar on purpose)
|What Kind of Reader Are You? |
Your Result: Dedicated Reader
|Literate Good Citizen|
|What Kind of Reader Are You?|
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
That will be my little segue into my next item of business. As you can see, I am addicted to reading. Last year I kept track of the books I read from the library and I got to about 96 (I think). I've been debating about how I want to share what I've read. I know a review is good but to do a review for every book I read is a LOT of work. So.... I'm going to post about the books I read, maybe about once a week and give a small review for each. I will probably forget some because I read a book every couple of days but I do want to keep some kind of record and tell you all what's good as well. (At least in my opinion) I know I've read more than this so far this year but these are the only ones I've written down so far. And if you're not interested, no problem. You can just stop reading now. Just don't tell me you do or I'll be sad.
Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright
A SERIOUSLY amazing book! The best book I've read in a while, in so many ways. You can read my full review here.
Silver World and Silver City by Cliff McNish
I read the first in this series Silver Child last year. They were interesting but are written for Youth/teenagers and are really really weird. I can't think of a better word for them. I still can't decide if I really liked them or not.
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
This is another youth fiction novel but I loved it. It is one of the series that started with Princess Academy. Similar to Levine's books these are fairy tales with a twist. I must say however that the book by this author that I enjoyed the most is an Adult Fiction novel called Austenland which is one of my favorite books ever. If you like Jane Austen you have to read that book! (actually, I want to go read it again now)
Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke (one of the Hannah Swensen mysteries)
This is the latest book in a series of murder mysteries featuring Hanna Swensen, a woman who runs a cookie shop and solves murders on the side. I have really enjoyed this series. I love murder mysteries and hers are always light and fun. Plus she has these amazing recipes at the end of each chapter. The only thing I wish is that Hannah would pick her man already! I look forward to the next one.
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (the author of Ella Enchanted)
I loved Ella Enchanted and I loved Fairest as well. This one is a spin off of Snow White and gives us great insight into the minds of young girls these days. It explores the importance of being beautiful from the inside and not just the outside. I would highly recommend this book, my husband even liked it!
Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz
I am a pretty big fan of Dean Koontz. I always look for his newest books and get on the waiting list at the library. I like books that surprise me. The only things I haven't liked that is especially prevalent in his older books is when he delves too far into the mind of serial killers and phychos. What I do love about his books are that they are strange, they can take any turn and that they end on a good note with a good feeling and a good message. However, this book is one of my least favorites. I just could not relate with the main character. Still worth reading once but I won't be buying this one. A couple of his I really like is Odd Thomas,The Strangers and From the Corner of His Eye.
The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
This one is definitely adult fiction. It starts out as an ancient Egyptian mystery and morphs into a modern murder mystery. I did enjoy this book, although this is the latest book I have finished and I already can't remember much about it which is not a good sign.
Well, that's it for now. Thanks for bearing with me!