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?

Nic ~ The Great Gatsby

11 01 2010

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great American Novel says what?

chicken butt.


chicken thigh.

Maybe it’s because I read this book full of expectations, maybe because I whisked through it because it looked little, maybe because I didn’t put enough effort into it….Maybe it’s because I am not American.

But I don’t get it.  I think that I am going to read it again.  Slowly, and with focus, and intention.

I suppose that I can see why this would be considered a great literary work…the story itself is interesting, characters on the whole are rich and seemingly dimensional.  Touching upon the “Jazz Age”, prohibition, organized crime, love, jealousy,  the relationship between the pride of being priviledgde and the fall of the materialistic.  It was a piece of literature, that actually upon it’s first arrival to publication, did very poorly, but over time garnered a huge success and following.  And I am able to see the attributes that would gain it this following, but I am feeling far to high minded about it to myself be a respectful fan.

I just think Nick is a take me for a ride pansy, Daisy is a quasi tempting poison, and that Gatsby is a wiener.

I seriously will read this again soon and write a more apt review.

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 ~ The Lovely Bones

8 12 2009

The Lovely Bones ~ Alice Sebold

I read this book through really quickly, so quickly that I didn’t even write about when I started reading it on the blog – sorry!  It was really good – probably one of my favourites for the year.  The plot line is so unique and intriguing… it prompts a lot of deep and interesting thoughts and is also super easy to read.  Pick this book up (or borrow it from me!) and read it!

On to the next one…

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 ~ In Her Shoes

8 08 2009

In Her Shoes ~ Jennifer Weiner

In Her ShoesI finished this book a little while ago, but things have been so busy because we went away for the weekend and then moved in to our new house this week!  So, in light of all of these recent events, and the fact that I read another book that I haven’t posted about yet either, I’m going to keep this short.

This was the first Weiner book I’ve read and I thought it was great.  It was a fun and well written piece of chick-lit and I’ll definitely pick up another Weiner book in the future.  I saw the movie version of this book, probably 3 yrs ago, and although the characters in the movie stayed very true to the characters in the book I seem to remember a few significant differences in the story-line.  I’ll have to watch the movie again to compare.

I really enjoyed the rich, detailed descriptions of the characters of Rose and Maggie – Weiner did a great job of developing their characters throughout the novel, as their priorities and relationships significantly change.  Overall, this was a great read and I would recommend it for a day at the beach!