Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: You Have Seven Messages

You Have Seven Messages
You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up because I thought the premise sounded interesting. A young girl finds her deceased mother's cell phone that still has seven messages on it. I like how her journey to understand the messages also taught her about relationships as well. She learns that nothing is black and white and that sometimes you just have to accept some grey. A good read for teens and adults.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At the library where I work, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is so popular that the staff is amazed if one actually makes it back on the shelf. Since the kids are always asking for it, I decided that I should read it in order to see what all the hype is about.

Maybe it is because I am old but I did not find the main character, Greg, very likable at all. Basically, he spends the entire book torturing his friend and making fun of other people. I was rather happy when his friend, Rowley, ditched him for some other people. He did redeem himself in the end somewhat but not enough to make me like the book. I wished there were a few more instances where he showed some redeeming qualities or at the very least appreciated having Rowley as a friend.

My feeling aside about Greg aside, the drawings and the writing make the book interesting to read and I can see why kids would like it. It is a great book for all those reluctant readers out there. If you are in middle school, you might even find it funny. I probably will read the other books in the series because I do want to know if Greg is able to grow as a person.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: Hunger

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death comes knocking at Lisa's door and offers her the opportunity to be Famine, one of the Riders of the Apocalypse. It is an interesting choice since Lisa suffers from an eating disorder and her life is ruled by food. However, as a rider, Lisa is able to come to terms with her food issues and seek help from those that love her.

I like how the Jackie Kessler took a unique approach to writing about eating disorders. I also thought it would interesting how in the end she talks about her own bought with bulimia. This is a great book for any teen, especially those with an eating disorder. Even if you are not a teen, Hunger is still an interesting read and I look forward to reading the next book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review - Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
Molly Harper
Jane Jameson Series #1

 Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper follows Jane Jameson, a former children's librarian turned vampire. Jane uses her severance coupon to drown her sorrows at the local watering hole. However, getting fired was only the beginning as she find her self getting shot by a drunk drive by hunter and waking up a few days later to find she has been turned into a vampire. Now she just has to adjust to her new life and discover who seems to have it in for her.

This is a great book for people who want vampires but also want something funny as well. Also, it is nice to see that the main character is a librarian and not a waitress or teenager. I do wish she had a bit more of a backbone but maybe that will come in the sequels. I must say that I enjoyed Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs and can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review - Blogging for Dummies 2nd Edition

Blogging for Dummies
Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley

It seems fitting that my first post on my blog should be a review about a book about blogging. It is a great reference for people who are interested in blogging or just started blogging. For a person that is interested in blogging for fun, you will find useful information but book seems geared more towards people who look to make blogging a side or full time job. There is a whole section about how to market your blog and using it make some money. Like many of the other Dummies books, it is very easy to skip over the parts you are not interested in and focus on the ones that will best help you to build the blog of your dreams.

I have friends that blog very successfully (see Notes from the Garden Spot and Great Little Stories in my blog list) and thought that I might give it a shot as well.  I figured it would be a great way to share my interest, make new friends, and improve my writing. Hopefully, I will be able to put to use some of the suggestions from Blogging for Dummies.