Monday, March 31, 2008

Change of Heart

Every M-W-F I have my kids do Silent Reading for 20 minutes at the beginning of the block. I almost finished this book during the last block but am glad I didn't have time! I used my whole planning block and it's a good thing because I wouldn't want to have tears running down my face in front of my kids.
This is a much quicker read than any of Picoult's other books. I had a hard time putting it down. As usual, her characters are real people with good qualities and bad qualities, just like the rest of us.
Her writing isn't quite as poetic as usual in this book. I missed her magical metaphor dust! There are some, of course, but they are few and far between. It seems like she concentrated more on plot to keep the story rolling.
She also looks at religion in here. At first I thought that would be a turn-off but she doesn't preach and the religious parts are pleasantly interspersed so they aren't tedious.
All in all, I'd give it a 4/5.

Sunday, March 30, 2008


I twisted and turned for a couple hours last night thinking about Change of Heart. Finally I got up, went downstairs, turned the light on, and read for an hour!

I'd say I was hooked once again!

Saturday, March 29, 2008


This is the bookmark I used. It was a gift from my friend, Anne, who lives in Florida. Perfect, huh?

Okay, I'll admit I had one little tear that escaped toward the end!

The writing is fun, the characters are well developed, the plot just keeps happening, and the ending is satisfying.

Can't ask for more than that!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Duma Key

Finally, after about ten years, Stephen King has written a novel I like.
I used to devour his books but then they got just plain weird.
Not so with this one. I've got about 30 pages left and I don't want to read it because then it will be done and I'll miss the characters.
This picture is of the front and back covers and is something I just keep looking at. It really captures the plot.
Maybe why I was so drawn to it is because it's about a man who suffers an accident and goes to Duma Key, just off the Sarasota coast, to heal and paint. My dream is to live near the ocean where I could write poetry and read and walk on the beach. Living vicariously by reading this? Absolutely! And I had a great time! Thank you very much, Mr. King!