Thursday, March 31, 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge

Is it already April? Tomorrow is the day. I'm already beginning to panic...what can I write about for 'A'? I've got to start thinking NOW!!! What was I thinking when I decided to try to do this challenge? 26 days in a row blogging? Oh well, I'm off to think about something that begins with 'A' that I can write about tomorrow. Wish me luck -- and if you have any A to Z ideas send them my way.


Book 14 of 2011 -- Flesh and Bone

Flesh and Bone (Body Farm, #2)Flesh and Bone by Jefferson Bass
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm really liking this series by the duo of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. I've been fascinated with 'the body farm' since reading about it in Patricia Cornwell's book. The fascination doesn't end with the place but extends to the people, especially, Dr. Bass who work and do research there. Maybe one day I'll be able to take a tour?
The first murder we examine in this book is certainly gruesome. As we learn more about the victim I can't help but think he might have gotten what he deserved. Not sure what that says about me, but it certainly makes me take a look at myself.
The second and really the main murder mystery in this book makes me cry! It's not fair to write such a great character and then kill that character off before you've fully explored him/her. The mystery wasn't really difficult to figure out. I had both murderers tagged well before the climax of the book, but all in all this was a decent if quick read. It was definitely good enough to merit reading more in the series.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book 13 of 2011 -- Wild Fire

Wild FireWild Fire by Nelson DeMille
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great thriller by Nelson Demille. I can't believe it's been around since 2006 and I'm just now getting around to reading it. Nelson Demille never disappoints me. I love his style of writing. His sense of humor and the way he weaves it into his books is perfect! It was really difficult for me to read this since I believe the scenario is absolutely possible. I don't know if I want 'Wild Fire' or some variation of it to be real. Scares me. Because if 'Wild Fire' exists then 'Project Green' could exist because I know that there are some really sick folks out there and some of them are in some scary positions of authority. I really thought John Corey had bought the farm in this one. The final confrontation with Bain Maddox ( a real scary bad guy) and his henchmen was insane.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Update...A to Z Reading Challenge

've decided to do an A to Z reading challenge this year. Read a book for each letter of the alphabet. Should be pretty easy. Titles that begin with articles (A, an, the) won't count, I'll skip to the next word in the title. It should be interesting and fun.

C        The Cracker Queen  by Lauretta Hannon

D        Devil Bones  by Kathy Reichs
F         Flesh and Bone  by Jefferson Bass
G        The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  by Steig Larsson
H        The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins
I          I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
L        Lucia, Lucia  by Adrianna Trigiana
M      Murder List  by Julie Garwood
R         Room  by Emma Donoghue
T         Total Recall   by Sara Paretsky
W        Wild Fire  by Nelson DeMille

Book 12 of 2011 -- Room

RoomRoom by Emma Donoghue
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not really sure how to rate this book. There was something about it that I really loved. It was certainly completely different from anything else that I've read. Written from the point of view of  5 year old Jack who has lived out his entire life in Room ( a shed in the backyard of his mother's kidnapper). The language is odd, but it would be if you had never seen or experienced anything except your mother and Room. At times I felt that Jack was a little too grown up sounding, and please the "having some" about grossed me out. Come on, even in that situation it's a little long to be breast feeding. Overall it's certainly worth reading if you're open to something different.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Book 11 of 2011 -- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was slightly disappointed with the way the author ended this trilogy. I didn't enjoy the evolution of Katniss' character. She lost the appeal of book 1 and 2 and didn't live up to her potential. Toward the end, things became a little disjointed and I felt like the author rushed to tie up all the loose ends and it left me wanting something more. Probably more disappointing because the books 1 & 2 were so good.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book 10 of 2011 -- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

borrowed from school library, since the public library was taking too long for my impatient self. Started today, YAY!

Just finished this one and it didn't disappoint. I'm so ready to see what happens next!

In the 2nd book of the trilogy, Katness and Peeta are once again flung into The Hunger Games. Katness is threatened by the President of the Capitol, and it seems a revolution is brewing. The game makers spring some pretty horrific crap on the tributes and there's an underlying story that Katness is not in on. The ending leaves me wanting the jump right on into Mockingjay, so that's exactly what I'm gonna do!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Book 9 2011 -- Murder List by Julie Garwood

Murder List (Buchanan, #4)Murder List by Julie Garwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish there was a way for me to give half stars, but there's not so I generally round up. This book was just okay. I'm certainly not raving about it. I guess it would be classified as Romantic Suspense. The romance was silly and the suspense wasn't suspenseful enough for my tastes. The characters were interesting and could be better used. I would have loved to see the sibling relationships explored a little further. While this book was okay, I won't be running out to find more by this author.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Book 8 of 2011 -- Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani

Lucia, LuciaLucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book reminded me of home! I know, if you know anything about me, you know I'm from the deep south and how could a book about Italian New Yorkers remind me of home you wonder? It's all about family. This Italian family in 1950s New York isn't that much different from my hillbilly family in North Alabama and the different setting was certainly interesting to me. Loved the detail of the custom made dresses that Lucia sewed in the Custom department of the department store. The closeness that she had with her work friends made me wish that everyone could have that type of work environment. Even though Lucia and her friends worked very hard at times, they were close and they loved their jobs. The ending was just perfect.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Book 7 - 2011 Devil Bones

Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan, #11)Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was not my favorite book in this series. I just don't get excited about devil worship, voodoo and the like. I think it's overdone. I'm also ready for the relationship with Ryan to be resolved. I'm sure I'll read the next one,(since I already own it) but I won't rush out to buy any more of these books.

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