January 22nd, 2012


Book 2 - "Everyday life in the Ancient World"

"Everyday life in the Ancient World"
ISBN 0-7534-5464-5

This was so much fun- it's aimed at a younger audience, and is framed as a 'travel book' tongue-in-cheek. Each chapter (there are four, One each on Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and the Aztecs & Incas.) opens with the time, who is in power, and a good place to start your travels... then it offers 'travel' advice on how the local natives dress, eat, what thier culture is like, things to be careful of, and even things you might want to do or see while there.

It's adoreable and filled with fantastic artwork not unlike the DK series, but in many mediums, making it good eye candy to read aloud to a younger child, or to really draw IN an older reader- even as an adult, knowing these 'facts', I found it fun to read. I really genuinely enjoyed it.

I would reccomend it to parents trying to get thier youth or child interested in ancient history or perhaps social studies or geography- and for any adult who just wants a fun walk through history with the artistic eye-candy to make you smile. :)
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The Cabinet Garden

The Rose Garden, by Susanna Kearsley
Kearsley writes slightly paranormal, slightly old-fashioned, contemporary Gothic romance novels. I have adored every single one of them I've read, mostly for reasons of character, language, and kindness of perspective, and I adored this one too. Its central conceit is time travel, which did not hurt, as I'm quite fond of that genre too. I always feel well-rested after spending some time with her books.

The Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski
Fun and adorable, but never over-the-top precious, novel set in an alternative magical Bohemia. A young and stubborn girl sets out to steal her father's eyes back from a cold-hearted prince. One of the several things I liked about this story is that the steampunk trappings are delightful, surprising, and never self-conscious. They fit right, and work to support the story, instead of being pasted on.
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Kill Alex Cross

Just finished up book #2 for the year, Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson. This is the latest installment in his Alex Cross series, and as always, it was full of the action and suspense that you expect from Patterson. There were two storylines in this book, and one of them was not really dealt with to my satisfaction, so I am hoping they left it open to be continued in another book. I give this one 4 out of 5.
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#15, 16

I plowed through a couple of Osprey ebooks in the last few days.

First was Men-at-Arms #253: Wellington's Highlanders. For those who are interested in the Napoleonic era, or the history of Scots regiments in the British army, this is a good piece. There's some fair quality plates, as well.

Second was Campaign #39: Little Big Horn 1876: Custer's Last Stand. Good maps of the area of the battle. There's never any excuse for what happened, though.
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Book #4 Crescendo

I read this book in about 4 hours. It is called Crescndo by Becca Fitzpatrick. Its a teen read in the sci-fi category. Its the second book in the Hush, Hush series and i think at some point in time i read the first one i just have no idea when that was. So Nora is in love with her guardian angel, Patch. Then things get rocky when she sees him repeatedly with her archenemy Marcie in increasingly suspicious situations. As this is going on Nora is also delving into the truth of her father's mysterious death. As she becomes more resentful of Patch's relationship to Marcie, she puts herself in increasingly more danger.
Overall this was an alright book. I mean it wasn't like i couldn't finish it, but it wasn't exactly engrossing. To me Nora was a 2D character. She was so bland and predictable. She embodied the chracteristics of a limp noodle. No, i would not reccommend this book to anyone.
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50 Book challenge Books 1-7

#1 Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim-new read
#2 Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs-new read
#3 Dark Descent by Christine Feehan-new read-
this is the story of Traian and Joie
#4.Dark Prince by Christine Feehan-re-read-
this is the story of Mikhail and Raven
#5 Dark Gold by Christine Feehan-re-read-
this is the story of Aidan and ALexandria
#6 Dark Magic by Christine Feehan-re-read-
this is the story of Savannah and Gregori
#7Dark Challenge by Christine Feehan-re-read-
this is the story of Julian and Desari

First Post!

Hello all!

I know it's a bit late to join this community, but I pledged to do the 50 book challenge this year and I love the idea of sharing my thoughts on the books I read!

I have never done this challenge before, but I was so disappointed in myself for only reading about 20 books last year that I decided to pledge to read 50 this year.  Books are my favorite things in the whole world, and I honestly can't believe I didn't find out about this challenge earlier, or I would have attempted it in years past. As a full-time university student, I can't say I'll always be finishing books in a timely manner, but at least I will be making progress every day.

I like all types of books, but my favorites are typically fiction books, especially fantasy novels, dystopian novels, and historical fiction novels.  I am going to include re-reads and plays as part of my 50, because I love re-reading books and there are some plays I have been meaning to get around to reading.

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself a bit! I'll just include reviews for the three books I have already completed in this post as well.

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
I found this book to be fascinating.  I hardly ever read nonfiction books, but this one definitely whetted my appetite to read more! I heard about from my statistics professor, who used a few examples from it in a lecture. Basically, it is a book about social epidemics and how they spread, like the spread of fashion trends or the mass decline of crime in cities.  It discusses the circumstances and people needed to start and spread an epidemic. It gave me a new outlook on something that seemed so random to me before.  If I ever had a burning desire to start an epidemic, I'm sure I could look to this book for advice ;)

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  I have been a longtime follower of the Vlogbrothers, and like thousands of other Nerdfighters the world over, I anxiously waited for January 10th to arrive, since that was the release date of this book.  I found it to be extremely moving.  I have moved away from pretty much all YA fiction in recent years, seeing as I'm 18, so I forgot how deep they can be.  This novel focuses on two teenage cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, and the bond they form.  I loved this book because it didn't define the characters by their illnesses, like some books do. It took me several hours to get through the last 100 pages because of the frequent sob breaks I needed to take. I'm not much of a crier, so this book definitely stood out to me. Any book that makes me feel something that strong deserves two thumbs up.

3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  After reading The Tipping Point, I wanted to read more by Gladwell, so I picked up Outliers.  I found it to be even more interesting than The Tipping Point.  It discusses common occurrences in the lives of successful people, and it explores what circumstances might give people an advantage in becoming successful. I loved reading it, even if I made the mistake of reading the chapter about plane crashes on my airplane ride back to school.