Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book Updates : Upcoming Releases and New Releases. The New York Times Bestseller's List: Combined Print and eBook Fiction

8 Days until Christmas. If you need some quick-trip shopping, some of the books below might help you out.

Upcoming Releases:

  • D.C Dead, by Stuart Woods (release date: 12/22/11)
  • Cover Affairs, by W.E.B Griffin (release date: 12/22/11)
  • Stephen King: Three Novels (Carrie, The Shining, and Salem's Lot)(release date:1/6/12)
  • Death Benefit by Robin Cook (release date: 12/27/11)

New Releases:

  • Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe.
  • War Room by Michael Holley
  • Vigilante by Stephen J. Cannell

Another list to take a look at is the Combined Print and eBook Fiction. I only place the Top 10 from the the list. If you wish to take a look at the rest of the list and more lists from The New York Times, here is the link.

1. RED MIST, by Patricia Cornwell

2. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

3. 11/22/63, by Stephen King

4. THE LITIGATORS, by John Grisham

5. THE DROP, by Michael Connelly

6. KILL ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson


8. EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN, by Janet Evanovich


10. THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks

If you wish to save a little money, you can always head down to the Rubaiyat in Caldwell. They have great prices, and a wonderful selection. I know for a fact they have a fairly decent hardback copy of  The Help. 

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Dune by Frank Herbert. BBC Top 200 List #39 (2003), # 52 (2010)

Finals are over!!!! Due to the amount of studying I needed over the past few days, I have not been able to post. But now that the semester is complete I have a whole month of freedom.

To continue with the BBC Top 200 List, I have Dune written by Frank Herbert.

About the book:

With all honesty, I cannot really give you the plot of this novel. If I wanted to create a sufficient description of this novel, I would have to write a 5 page report on the whole book. Since I do not have the time to do this, and I asssume you don't want to read that, I will keep my description of the book to a minimum.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, a young boy, the story tells of the boy Paul Attreides and his adventure to become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He plans on avenging the plot against his family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

Does it deserve to be on the BBC Top 200 List?

Since the book is labelled by almost everyone as science fictions supreme masterpiece, I would have to say that yes it does belong on the BBC List. Almost everyone that has read the book tells me that they love it, and  read it over and over again. My uncle originally gave me a copy for Christmas a couple years ago, and although it took me awhile to read it, I definitely enjoyed it. I will give Dune a 3 out of 5.

Does it deserve its spot on the BBC Top 200 List?

I think the creators of the BBC List got this one right on the money. As far as I am concered, the book fits perfectly in the 30-50 range. The book should not be in the top ten in my opinion, but it definitely deserves some praise. If you have not read this book yet, and you enjoy futuristic- society books, then I would tell you to add it to your list of items to read.

I have a few new books on my list. For those of you who like Clan of the Cave Bear, I am just starting the sequel, The Valley of Horses. I also have a Janet Evanovich book for you all (hint: its the newest one) and a couple other books from the BBC List you might enjoy.

Keep Reading!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Life of Pi by Yann Martel. BBC Top 200 List # 51

I was in the third grade when Life of Pi was first published. I remember hearing a lot about it, (and I mean a lot) but I never was able to pick it up until about a week ago. Now that I have completed this novel, I think it is in the Top 5 of my favorite books

About the book:
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 The story begins with Piscine Patel (also known as Pi), finding himself stranded in a life boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To make matters worse, a 450 pound tiger is his his shipmate. With nowhere to run, Pi is forced to train the tiger as a lion tamer would to a lion. In order to survive Pi must be able to handle the tiger, and handle himself.

The novel is written extremely well. The book is really hard to put down once you start it, and when it's finished, you will be thinking about it for hours. I do not recommend finishing this book just before heading to bed. I'm giving Life of Pi a 4.5 out of 5.

Does this book deserve to be on the BBC List? 

Yes. On the surface of the book, you have a compelling story of survival (which is a little hard to believe). However, underneath the top layers is the real story, a story with a message that I think everyone should at least consider at one point in their lives. The book is definitely worth your time, and the next time you see a copy of it, grab it.

Does this book deserve its spot on the BBC List?

I'm very happy with where this book is placed. I think 51 is the perfect number. As much as I enjoyed the book, I do not think it should be any higher. The creators of the BBC List got this one right on the money.

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. BBC List # 47 (2003), # 81 (2010)

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Ladies and Gentlemen, it is officially December. You all know what that means!

Yes, it is Christmas time. Time to put the tree up, set up lights, and turn on the Christmas music (my personal favorite is Baby, It's Cold Outside by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer).

And when you get some spare time, you can relax to a Christmas classic: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

About the book:

Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy (but extremely wealthy) buisness man, with no room in his heart for compassion,  is greeted by his old (and very dead) friend Marley. After Marley warns Scrooge to change his life to prevent a miserable afterlife, Scrooge is visited by three additonal ghosts. The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, each visit Scrooge that night to try and change him.

Does it deserve to be on the BBC List?


Seriously, who has not heard of the story of Scrooge. This story is a textbook example of what the BBC List should be about. If you haven't read the book, I say now is the time to do it. I give A Christmas Carol (and probably the only time I will do this) a 6 out of 5 stars. This novel is phenomenal.

Does it deserve it's spot on the BBC List?

Without question, this novel should be in the top twenty. This story is probably the most known story on the planet. Even if the book has not been read by everyone, the thousands of plays, musicals, and movies that have been produced should give A Christmas Carol a top twenty, or even a top ten, spot on the List.

Thanks for reading!! I hope you all enjoy the blog.