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…

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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 ~ I swear I still read books…

11 01 2010

Ok.  So I still have been reading, I swear it!

Recently, I was off work for about 7 weeks due to a surgery.  I intended to do alot of reading, and I did indeed.  Although, due to the nature of my surgery, I actually was not able to hold a book until a lot later until I thought I would be able to.  So, I actually read LESS than I would have thought.  Anyways…now that I am able to type properly again, I am going to go on ahead and type up all the books I read the last few months.

To start with.  All the hoopla going on with New Moon, I had the urge to read not only that, but ALL the Twilight Series again.  So, I read those.  They are….whatever it is they are…no words…

It actually tires me to even think about writing a review for any, let alone all of these books.  So, I will save it up for a later date…





KimN ~ New Moon

20 11 2009

New Moon ~ Stephanie Meyer

Everyone knows which movie came out today.  I’m going to see it on Sunday, hoping that it doesn’t suck as much as the 1st adaptation did!  Anyhow, I thought I’d try to fit a re-read of New Moon to refresh my memory of what the storyline is supposed to be so I can compare it to the movie version!

~ I finished this a while ago and read another book in between… whoops, I need to keep up!  Comments on the movie adaptation… better than Twilight, pretty true to the book, but still not great.  Rereading the book though was just as good as the first time! Obviously!  I can’t wait to re-read books 3 and 4 now.





KimN ~ The Time Traveler’s Wife

4 07 2009

The Time Traveler’s Wife ~ Audrey Niffenegger

June 21 ~ I’ve waited way too long to read this book – since Nicole got it for me for my birthday back in March – now is the time!  For a free preview of what I’ll likely also think about this novel… check out Nicole’s review –https://thats2forthebooks.wordpress.com/2009/03/14/thetimetravelerswife/

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Finished ~ July 4.  Wow, this book took me through a whole slew of emotions.  I am left feeling heart-broken, and in awe of the fact that this is Niffenegger’s first novel.  If you try to describe the concept of this novel, you will probably look up to see confused and concerned eyes – concerned because the person you are speaking to cannot understand how you can be so fanatically ecstatic about a book about a time-traveler!  Trust me, you can be.

This is a classic love story, with a fascinating sci-fi twist that makes it unlike any other book I’ve ever read.  It can be a little confusing at times, trying to keep the time-traveler – Henry – straight, in terms of his age, where he is in time-traveling from and to… but Niffenegger does a nice job of setting up each section with the date and age of Henry/s and Clare.  If you get confused… just take a quick glance at that heading and your all set again.

What really struck me about this novel, besides the concept, is the poetic nature of the prose.  The story flows, with a kind of poetic beauty that I was absolutely not expecting.  Niffenegger also does a wonderful job of portraying both Clare and Henry in realistic, emotionally connective ways throughout the novel as their relationship grows and as they experience a great span of ages.

Today, as I reached the finish line, 50  pages left in the 519 page novel, I felt like I couldn’t wait to reach the conclusion and yet, I didn’t want to reach that end because that meant that this beautiful novel was done… I would never have the experience of reading it for the first time again!  I can’t even remember the last time I felt this sad about finishing a book!  I truly hope that Niffenegger continues to write and provides us readers with another fascinating novel soon!  Until then, we will have to be satisfied with spreading the word about The Time Traveler’s Wife and, soon, watching the movie… hopefully it can hold a candle to the novel!





KimN & Nic ~ TWILIGHT!!!

28 05 2009

As you may have noticed, we both count the Twilight series as an essential piece of our top reads.  We have been ramping up for a huge Twilight post since the day we christened this blog.  At the sign of a fellow Twilight lover’s own blog post, we decided it was time to begin!  Claire Colvin, you have put in to words what we could not express – we have struggled for many a moon to get to this point.  Now we better give you something good…

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So, where do we start with this epic 4-book series for teenagers? Well, first of all… its NOT just for teenagers.  Even Kim’s mom has read them!  On a side note, sometimes it can take a little convincing for a non-teenager to pick up a smash hit teenage book, at first.  It didn’t take so much convincing to pick up books 2,3, & 4.  It all actually started when Kim’s sister-in-law, Kristi, raved about Twilight at a family dinner.  Soon after that, Kim picked up the book at Costco for a mere $7, figuring that if it wasn’t so great it was only $7 anyways.  Well…. to cut to the chase, the book was GREAT and Kim absolutely flew threw it, no longer embarassed about reading a teenage vampire love story, she raved about it to everyone.  Next challenge, convincing Nicole that the book was truly THAT Great and she absolutely HAD to read it!

Nic was not about to read this book.  No way, no how.  She had just started hearing all this crazy insanity spilling forth from Tiger Beat and Teen People, and to be honest, it disgusted her.  Another tweeny bop, pop culture phenom was not something she was interested in involving herself in.  Simpletons.  So imagine her dismay when her astoundingly smart, well read and educated (not to mention astoundingly beautiful) best friend Kimberly started beaking off about these books.  Foreshame.  But Kim kept talking about just how amazing this book was.  So much so, that Nicole read it just to be able to say “OK!  I read it! And it sucked!”.  Jokes on her, cause my bad attitiude sucked!  Yeah, she read ’em.  And yeah, she FLIPPING LOVED IT.  In fact, she read the book over Christmas break.  In fact, she was so sucked into this book series that upon the completion of the book, and after the realization that she had NO access to the next book, became physically sick.  Nicole had to contact Kim and be reassured that life would be ok.  Nicole has read all of these books at least 8 times.  At least.  Judge her.  Judge her all you want.  Because she already judges herself far more harshly on this matter than anyone else ever could.  Nicole had now made it her life’s goal to enlighten all people to the fact that their happiness is pivotal to the reading of this series.

Stay tuned for more upcoming thoughts on the Twilight Saga.





KimN ~ Harry Potter Book 6

24 05 2009

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince ~ JK Rowling

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In honour of the movie coming out in June I thought I’d refresh my memory on Harry Potter 6.  Maybe this way I’ll remember more of the details that the movie missed than my husband does (who has read each HP book like 5 times and seems to remember everything FAR better than me!).

I won’t comment on this because we all already know that I love it and think its fabulous 🙂 It is on my all-time favourites list, after all!

Finished a few days ago… still LOVE it!! Craziest HP ending is definitely this book!