Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Last Song and Money to Burn

Woke up to cold sunshine but, now, it's cloudy.  We've got a few days of cool, rainy weather ahead of us.  But, that's okay; it'll give me a chance to sit in my La Z Boy and read instead of being outdoors washing windows or raking winter from the lawn. 

I finished this book last Sunday night.  It was a real tearjerker and I didn't want to have to read it in school for Silent Reading.  Too embarrassing! 

I have a love/hate relationship with Nicholas Sparks.  I've liked some of his books but, for the most part, find them too smaltzy.  Many of my teenage students have been reading this book and saying how much they love it so I figured I'd give it a chance.

And it actually wasn't too bad.  I got into the characters and the plot was nonstop.  Ronnie and her brother must spend the summer with their father and Ronnie is furious about this.  She hasn't spoken to her dad for three years ever since he and her mom got divorced.  So, the prospect of spending a couple months with him has her really upset.  How she deals with him, the friends she makes, and the situations that arise make for a decent read.   

This fast-paced novel was just what I needed after The Last Song.  It's about a Wall Street investment specialist who checks his balance one night and sees that someone has stolen his identity and all his money.  He spends the rest of the book figuring out who did it while trying to avoid the police who are looking for him for murder. 

I like how the book explains everything so anyone can understand the financial shenanigans.  Makes me wonder if anyone can be trusted.

So, it was a good reading week.  I'm almost halfway through Caught by Harlan Coben and it's a winner.

Well, my husband is bugging me to get dressed so I can go down in the cellar to help him with the motorcycle he's building.  Can't wait!

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Eighth Confession

We just had a week of spring-like weather so I was able to sit on the porch after school in the sun and read.  Love doing that!

This is the latest installment of the Women's Murder Club.  Lindsey is after the killer of rich and priviledged people.  Yuki is trying to prosecute a woman who killed her father and almost killed her mother.  Cindy is tracking the person who murdered Bagman Jesus, a homeless person.  And Claire is doing her job of examining the bodies of the dead.

The mixture of their working lives with their personal lives makes for page-turning reading. 

Now that spring has officially arrived here in New Hampshire, winter is going to return with cool temps and possibly snow.  Wonderful!

Happy Reading, all!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Good morning a day early.  Kylie is coming to visit overnight so I thought I'd update this blog before I'm too busy.

One of my students recommended this series to me.  She said she liked it much better than the Twilight one so I downloaded Uglies.  I had a preconceived notion that it would be about cliquey girls bullying less pretty ones and the message would be that true beauty is on the inside not the outside.

Well, the message was right but the premise was wrong.  This YA novel is set in the future where all adolescents are considered ugly.  They must live together in Uglytown until they turn 16, at which point they are given an operation to make them Pretty.  They then move to New Pretty Town and finish their teenage years partying and doing whatever they please.

Tally Youngblood is only months away from her sixteenth birthday when she meets Shay who is the same age as her.  Shay tells her about David and a secret settlement where Uglies, who do not want to become pretty, can escape to.  Even though Tally is anxoius to become pretty, she is forced to betray her friend and lead the powers-that-be to David and the others.

Lots of adventure and fast action keep this book moving and not boring.  While sci-fi is not my genre of choice, I still enjoyed this book and will read the next installment one of these days.

Have a good weekend.  Time for me to get dressed and go to pick Kylie up.  Can't wait to see her!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Miracle at Speedy Motors and Alex Cross's Trial

It's weird; I get more reading done during school weeks than during vacations.  I finished one and read a whole other one and started one more.

I so enjoyed my visit to Botswana!  Mma Ramotswe and the rest of the crew never get stale.  There is such dignity and sweetness in this series that shows it's the little moments that should be honored in life: red bush tea, pumpkin, tiny white vans that keep on running, good employees, cases that turn out wrong but ironically right, and the hope for miracles.

I thought this would be a novel about a trial that Alex Cross is part of but it turns out to be a book written by Alex Cross about a trial his ancestors were involved with back at the beginning of the 1900s.  So, it turned me off mometarily...but just for a moment. 

Ben Corbett is a white lawyer from Mississippi now living and working in Washington D.C.  He's commissioned by President Teddy Roosevelt to investigate the lynchings that have been occuring back in his hometown of Eudora, MS. 

On the surface, it's a sleepy, pretty southern town but the more Ben searches, the more the rotten underbelly of the town is exposed.  He befriends Abraham Cross, Alex Cross's great uncle, and his family, and takes a stand with them against the sickness spread by the KKK.

So, even though I had to go back to school this week, I still got to enjoy two good books.