Saturday, January 7, 2012

Books, Books... BOOKS!

So, technically I am on vacation, and when a person goes on vacation, they do things they enjoy. And for me, going to used bookstores equals  fun!

So I bought some books!!! YAY!

For a grand total of four, I bought:

The Lace Readery by Brunonia Barry. I have owned a copy of this before, but I figured it is worth another shot.

 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. This novel is one of Charles Dicken's many famous novels and it is on the BBC List. I am very excited for this book and look forward to it.

The third book I had to buy while on vacation is the only non-fiction book I bought.

The novel is called, You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney.

I probably will not post on this for awhile, due to the fact that I won't read it all at once, but it automatically caught my attention and I definitely can't wait to start.

And fourth and finally, I bought Running the Rift, by Naomi Benaron.

The local bookstore I went to seemed to really like this book, and I figured it was worth my money to buy.

Well, thats it for now. All of the books I mentioned today should be posted on, so you have something to look forward to.

Keep Reading!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel

The Valley of the Horses cover.jpg

Hello everyone! I hope the holidays were good and you enjoyed spending time with your family and friends.

I know I haven't been posting often lately, and I am afraid that it may not change due to school starting up again, but I will keep posting and I have a good selection ahead for y'all to try.

A couple months ago, I read the first book in the Earth's Children series, The Clan of the Cave Bear. And finally after about a month of reading, I finished the sequel, The Valley of Horses.

The book begins almost immediatly after its prequel, with Alya leaving her only home (and her son) to go find her own kind. After travelling North several miles, she makes camp in a cave near a valley previously occupied by horses (check out the name!).  After settling in to her new groove, and adopting new guests, Alay has to chose whether to stay in the Valley in solitude, or travel on to find the Others who may or may not accept her.

I'm going to warn you, that the book really starts off slow in my opinion. It took me awhile to bear through the first 200 pages of the book, and for some of you it may turn you off. But once you get into the last few hundred pages of the book, it picks up.  I do not think the book is as good as the first one. I suggest that if you liked the first book, then you should read the second.

Warning: The book has a lot of sexual content. My girlfriend read a section of it, and called it straight- up porn. But if you can get past that, and enjoy the plot of the book, it's really a good read.

Warning 2: If you have not read the first book, do NOT read the second one! With some series you can read in whichever order you wish, but with this one I do not suggest it.

As of right now, I am in Seattle with my aunt and uncle on a mini vacation. So, this week could be hectic for my reading schedule. However, I did finish The Time Machine by H.G. Wells right before I left and that should be up on the blog within the next few days. I also have The Hunger Games series coming up, and as we speak I am about one hundred pages into The Mammoth Hunters (the third book in the Earth's Children series).

I hope you all have a fanastic next few days.

Keep Reading!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Best Books of 2011!

Happy New Year everyone!!

2011 has been a really good year, and it was full of really good reads. Looking back over this last year, I can think of several fantastic books that I got to read. So, I would like to give my Top Ten reads of 2011

10.  The Ruins by Scott Smith. Here is the link for my review.

9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

8. Wrong Side of the River by Cliff Johnson.

7. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute.

6. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel (just finished the sequel!!!! should be posted on soon)

5. Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

3. 1984 by George Orwell

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

And finally the number one book of 2011......... Frankenstein by Mary Shelly!

Thanks for a great 2011. I'm sure 2012 will be even better!