The Game of Thrones

After reading 2.5 books of the Game of Thrones series and realizing that I had read a bigillion pages and there are now going to be at least 7 books, I decided to stop reading them.  It wasn’t the length that made me stop or the plot.  The reason I kept reading was because I wanted to know what happened at the end.  I wanted to know who lived, who died, who got married, who won the war, who was going to reign as king.  What stopped me from reading one more page is that I can’t take the explicit detail of the characters’ personal lives.  I can take the blood and guts, but the personal stuff…it is just not worth dodging it to find out what happens at the end of the books.  SO, if anyone wants to share any details with me, please feel free to do so as my curiosity still begs to know how the whole series concludes.  The real kicker is that these books make me uncomfortable and they are considered juvenile fiction.  There is not one juvenile who should be allowed to come within 10 feet of these books in my opinion.  I may be old fashioned, but I do not understand why a talented author with a great plot has to add unnecessary details to an already exceedingly long series of books.  George R.R. Martin is talented and has a good plot, but he also has a very vivid imagination that I do not need to be a part of.  Oh well, onto the next book…

The Kite Runner and Catching Fire

I finished The Kite Runner.  It took me about a third of the book to “get into it” but then I was hooked.  It was done well.  Khaled Hosseini is a talented author.  It is eye opening.  That is the best way for me to describe it.   My heart breaks for the suffering of people all over the world.  I am not one to pretend that the world is always happy and no one faces pain.  On the contrary, I know that there is more than enough suffering and pain to go around.  But sometimes thinking like that is just as bad as pretending there is none, because we get immune to it.  I like reading books that put it in my face a little bit.  It makes me better aware.  And hopefully the more aware we are, the more help we will be able to provide.  Even if our help is “only to pray,” prayer is an enormous thing we can do, because God can reach across the world.

I also saw Catching Fire this weekend.  I give a lot of credit to everyone that is part of the Hunger Games movies.  I think the movies are an excellent representation of the books in details, characters and settings.  I enjoy the Hunger Games series.  I am not as big of a fan of the second and third books as I am of the first, but I still enjoy them.  The movie was the same for me.  As good as it was, not quite as wonderful as the first.  It is a tough thing to do.  I still think they all did a great job!  And, I loved that Divergent was previewed…cannot wait to see that, too.  🙂

Allegiant

I have been waiting over a year for this book, the third in the series.  I am a HUGE fan of the Divergent and Insurgent books!   After waiting so long, I do not feel it is truly fair to rate this book…there was a long and large build up.  It took me a little longer to get into than the first two, but once in, I was hooked.  Veronica Roth is talented!  I did feel that this book read more like a movie than a book, but let’s face it, it will likely be in movie form before we know it.  I hope so anyway!  I figured out how it would end early on.  She left a little bit of room for the what if and I had my own ending in mind that I knew she wouldn’t do, but I completely understand why she ended it the way she did.  It was the only way to bring the series full circle and make a clean and closed ending to the series.  I applaud Veronica Roth for this series…it is captivating and unique.  I do like the first 2 better than the last, but I still like the last, especially for a 3rd book in a series!  🙂  You should definitely read and enjoy!

 

The Book Thief

This book has definitely made it to the top 5 of my list.  Sooooo good.  Markus Zusak may be the most talented author I have ever read.  His writing is beautiful and smart.  Though the topic of his book is not uncommon and is certainly not cheerful, he was able to be creative, add humor and make it his own.  It is a truly unique story.  The language was not great, but I understand that it was probably part of the lives he was describing.  And I am able to skip over it if necessary.  As a whole though, loved the book and would like to read more from markus Zusak.

The Clash of the Kings, The Dawn Treader, and more

I finally finished The Clash of the Kings by George R.R. Martin.  Summer has proven to not assist me in reading or dieting or exercising…or blogging.  I have completely fallen into the “lazy days of summer.”  That statement is a bit humorous as we are always on the go…but the schedule disappeared and I took a long break from reading.  Alas,  “The Clash” is now completed.  After about 1600 pages of reading (book 1 and 2) I am still eager to read the next parts of the saga.  There are 3 more books to go…at least until more are added.  😉  It is moving faster now that all the characters, their quirks and the plots are set.  I have to say I like them, and don’t mind skipping the pages that are unnecessary (crude, lude, etc).  I still have not watched the series and have no intention to, but have begun this journey and want to see how it ends.

I am working through the Narnia series with my children and we are now on the Dawn Treader.  It is great, of course.  Aren’t all Narnian books?  I don’t know if I can honestly say any are as good as the first, but they are all great reading opportunities for the family.

The kids’ devotional also encouraged us to read the book of Esther together.  (Since we began the Narnia series we have had many discussions on the Bible being truth and fact, while other stories are fiction.)  We just began reading a chapter a day and are on chapter 3 (of Esther).  I have decided to read a chapter a day as part of school, so after Esther is done we will choose another book of the Bible to walk through.  I like reading the chapters to the kids, because it forces me to think about each word and explain the context more thoroughly than if I am just reading it to myself.

I am slowly working my way through The Power of a Woman’s Words, by Sharon Jaynes, which is a great reminder…daily…of how I should hold my tongue.

And those are our reading updates for the moment…  😉

Alex Cross and Caspian

I finally finished the Alex Cross series…or at least what is there so far.  I have to say, my review of each book isn’t very different.  There were few surprises.  As the books went on, the plots had more depth, but the endings still left a little to be desired.  I would surely read the next one…if there will be a next one.  I chose to not try to figure out James Patterson’s political stance and simply focus on the content.  I became attached to the characters and they were easy and entertaining reads.  Of all the books, I think “Merry Christmas Alex Cross” and “Alex Cross Run”  could actually be decent movies.

 

I am almost finished reading Prince Caspian to my kids.  They do enjoy it, but not as much as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  I can’t argue, it is hard to beat the first book in this series.  Prince Caspian is still a great read and we will be moving on to The Dawn Treader upon completion.

Alex Cross revisited

I decided not to continue to post about Alex Cross books.  I will continue to read them because they are a series and I “have to know” how they end.  However, my posts about the books are pretty much the same.  Mostly because his books are similar, as are many that are in a series.  I will say from what I have read I probably am against most of James Patterson’s values and beliefs.  I do not at all like his language, and his books are pretty predictable.  BUT, I like the mystery and the action of his books, and as I said before , I want to follow it through to the end.  So, this is my last post on this series, but I will finish it out.

On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I finished this book this morning.  It was a good read…the author wrote very well!  I enjoyed learning a bit of history through this historical fiction story.  I know not everything was completely accurate, but many things are glimpses of the time period.  Anyone who can make history entertaining gets my vote.  🙂

Because I am who I am, I wasn’t necessarily a fan of the love story.  Admittedly I am not one who likes love triangles (I know that takes away a lot of books).  This was not exactly a love triangle, but still, the main character held onto a former flame throughout his marriage.  My romantic heart wants him to love only one all his life.  I am going to choose to believe that he loved his wife so much that he chose her even though he had memories of a past…but I know that in the story he really loved them both.  Many romantics find that romantic, but I still like the one and only love stories.

My opinion doesn’t change that the book is well-written, a good story, and recommended.