KimN ~ Currently Reading

26 02 2010

Sarah’s Key ~ Tatiana De Rosnay


Nic ~ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

9 02 2010

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ~ Douglas Adams

I took a break from my Stephen King read for something a bit more lighthearted.

I’m not sure what to all say about this book…I watched the movie, so I know what is coming. Pretty much lots of ridiculousness set on distant planets…all making for a classic novel, movie, a word wide franchise.

It’s a surprise and a pity I have not read this book yet, being the sci fi fan that I am.  At least it’s never to late to right one’s wrongs…

KimN ~ Julie & Julia

4 02 2010

Julie & Julia ~ Julie Powell

Jan. 26 ~ I recently watched the movie Julie & Julia with my mom, and I wondered what the book that inspired the movie was like.  It was sitting on my bookshelf because I had picked it up for $5 from Chapters Online so I thought I’d give it a go.  50-pages in I am finding it to be clever and humorous.  Julie is a likable character – the kind of person you want to be friends with and you pity at the same time.  Stay tuned for more thoughts!

Feb 4 ~ I apologize for the delay in my review of this book.  It was a quick read and I finished it a few nights ago but have been fighting off headaches all week long and haven’t wanted to stare at a computer screen longer than I have to!  I really enjoyed this book… my one complaint is probably that it isn’t long enough!  Julie’s free-flowing style of prose was so easy to follow and kept me attentive the whole way through its mere 300 or so pages.

Julie Powell spontaneously decides to cook her way through Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking-Vol. 1, in 1 year.  That equals 524 recipes in 365 days.  Quite the ambitious decision if you ask me!  She cataloged her escapades on a blog and her experience resulted in a book deal for this novel (and as you all know, a movie based on the book starring 2 amazing female actresses).  The style of the book is much like the style of a blog – kind of a stream-of-consciousness style.  Julie tells you exactly what she is thinking and jumps around talking about different aspects of her life, while tying them all together with her experiences cooking the various eccentric French culinary dishes.

The story inspired me.  I won’t begin cooking my way through a French cookbook by any means, but it has caused me to question what I could be doing differently in my life.  How could I challenge myself, as Julie challenged herself?  And, what could the benefits of that challenge end up being?  A publishing deal, surely not, but what else could arise?

KimN ~ The Pillars of the Earth

23 01 2010

The Pillars of the Earth ~ Ken Follett

I’m not really sure what prompted me to start reading another 900+ page book… but I’m already 300 pages in to The Pillars of the Earth and am thoroughly enjoying it so far.

Jan. 9 ~ 500 pages in and I am loving this book.  Thanks to Jamie’s friend Casey for recommending it to me!  Its always a good thing when you still really, really want to pick up a book when you still have 500 pages to go!

Jan. 23 ~ 70-ish pages to go!  I’m hoping to finish this book tonight… and I still love it!

Jan. 25 ~ My hopes were not in vain – I finished this book on Saturday night.  I REALLY liked this book, like probably one of my top 10 reads this last year (we really need to do a yearly recap, now that this blog is 1 year old… so stay tuned for that).

Follett wove a story full of rich characters that really drew you in – they made you want to fight for them when they were in a bind, cry with them when they experienced sorrow, and smile with them when they experienced pure bliss.

There were so many facets to this novel – so many different layers that kept it interesting all the way through its 983 pages.  Set in the 12th century, the novel explores the Middle Ages in all its glory and disgrace.  Something about this historical time period just captures my attention.  I remember being fascinated when learning about it in elementary and high school, and I’m excited to continue to learn more as I use reading as a medium to absorb more and more information!

I’m not sure what else to say, you should read this book… I hope you will love it too!

Follett has written 19 novels and I can’t wait to pick up the next one!

Nic ~ Under the Dome

12 01 2010

Under the Dome – Stephen King

This book has it’s own TRAILER for crying out loud!  An official trailer nonetheless.  I guess King goes big or goes home eh?

Disclaimer: this is the first Stephen King novel I have ever read.  I am by no means a horror fan.  I scare easy and remember the scary stuff for too long.  But I also knew the King was not solely a horror writer, and was willing to give him a go.  I’d been hearing buzz about this story, and it’s technically Sci Fi, and I am more than technically a Sci Fi fan, so off to the races I went.

Here’s the short dealio : A small town America community is suddenly, and without any seeming reason, cut off from the rest of the world, caught underneath a massive dome.  Military actions ensue, but it’s to no avail.  No one gets in, no one gets out.  Now the townspeople can rely on no one else, but it’s not just friends stuck in there…bad people and enemies are milling about all over the place, trying to keep resources for themselves.  Will they get out?  Will the find out why they are there, and who did it?

I hope it’s Kujo who’s trapped them all in there.

This book is giant sized, over 1000 pages…so maybe in a few weeks I will have all these answers for you!

Nic ~ The Twisted Heart

11 01 2010

The Twisted Heart ~ Rebecca Gowers

As you can probably read on the picture of the cover, this book has an interesting little premise that beckoned me to read it.

Kit, a work obsessed literary student, is obsessed with death.  Not all death, just that of prostitutes in the 1900s.  I says pardon?  Kit has spent her time becoming an expert on Dickens, and is searching for clues as to how a real life murder coinciding with the writing of Olive Twist may have been tied to it.  Pouring over documentation in her single room flat, or at the local library leaves little time for a love life.  But when she forces herself to engage in the outdoor world via a dancing class, she finds herself being chased by danger as well…the danger of love (bazinga!).  As her relationship with Joe, as well as both their families and friend further, Joe brings new insight into her hunt for finding out how a real life crime affected not only the writing, but the life, and ultimate demise of one of the worlds greatest literary voices.

As a side note, supposedly the information about Dickens and the murder mystery cases entanglement are in fact, actually new details, that are providing new insight to scholars as to how Dickens concocted his tales.

I was more interested in finding out the details of Dickens and the gruesome real life murder than the romance myself, but an interesting read for a true literary lady.  At times, I found it to be a little bit sluggish in pace, but still, not bad in the end.

Nic ~ On Chesil Beach

11 01 2010

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

I previously really enjoyed Ian McEwan’s work, Atonement.  So, I decided that I would take a crack at another one of his works.

Focusing on the wedding night of a newly married couple, it takes us along on the tormented ride as they try to navigate through the expectations of one another as a spouse, and their perceived duties to one another.

The book is a short read, but nonetheless, chock full of emotion.  Moving from trepidation and confusion, to determined and vigilant, to joy and then to pain and bitterness, McEwan certainly does a good job in catching all the fleeting human emotions that pass through one.  As the short story deepens, you begin to learn about the husband and wife’s lives before one another, and beginning to understand the delicate balance in which they exist, you begin to see the heavily weighted string upon which everything is dangling for these two.

I found this story to be very interesting and powerful.  It reflects on different times, when men and women alike were quiet about sex, kept in the dark, and refrained from discussing it in any way (although a note here, interestingly enough, this book spares no details, some of which I found to be unnecessary, but I can be a bit of a prude sometimes.  I can see how the author would deem them necessary to tell the story as he wanted to).  Now a days, the very opposite seems to be true.  From a young age, boys and girls alike know things that worry me to think about, things that young minds cannot at all fully comprehend, let alone deal with emotionally.  This book pushes that idea forward, dealing with how different experiences change people, making me think that neither that period of time, nor the current one have gone about it in the best of ways.  An answer to repression is often to be liberated.  I took away that in life, neither approach really seems to win over a situation.

An interesting read, but possibly not for all.