Thursday, 15 July 2010

Weekly Book Poll

Oh man! I have been so lax with the whole Weekly Book Poll. Perhaps I should rename it Biweekly Book Poll? I guess I'm on 'summer time'. By the time I get my kids in bed all I want to do is cuddle up with a cuppa tea and my current book.

This summer my kids and I have been taking FULL advantage of our two library systems. Not that we typically don't use the library but we're talking insane amounts of books and visiting the library at least 3 times this past week! My kids have all signed up for our library's summer reading programme (this will be at least the 4th year) and I cannot tell you how much it helps keep them reading and increases their reading ability!! Missy Moo (6 1/2 yrs) has read over 30 books this summer to me and the boys are not far behind (reading books that are a few hundred pages each). Gotta love a kid who adores reading!!!

This past week for my reading has been hit and miss for me. As I mentioned, my Fairybook Mother stopped by with some new reads so I read one of those. It's by Harlan Coben (I have yet to review it but it's next on my list). A really good read. Coben knows how to keep a story moving with great suspense.

This morning I officially gave up on a book. I had started reading "Five Quarters of the Orange" by Joanne Harris this past week. It was the book that, at the used book sale, two separate women came up to me and told me it was one of their favourite reads and that I just had to get it. For $2 I did and have been waiting to read it. I want to like it, I really do but after over 200 pages it just isn't very interesting. It's an interesting premise and the front cover sounded good ... but it kind of ended there. I hate not finishing a book ... but I hate wasting my time even more. So, for now anyway, I've moved on to the second book by Carrie Jones called "Captivate" (the first book in her Pixie series is called "Need" and I really enjoyed it). It's a YA (young adult) book with supernatural twists in it (a la "Twilight").

On that note, I finally went to see the new Twilight "Eclipse" movie this past Tuesday with a couple of my girlfriends. Two of us were in the Jacob camp and one sadly was in the Edward camp. ;) We all agreed that it was the best movie so far from the Twilight series and I may go see it again with Farmer Giesen (if she's up for it). Much funnier than the first 2 movies and lots of action.

So, after all that blathering ... what are you all reading? Heard of any other great reads/series out there? Inquiring minds want to know!


Aleisha said...

I am reading "Need" and am having trouble not googling her and finding out if it's a trilogy or like a series because I really enjoyed it. Not a long read, but good. I love that she's not as whiny as Bella from Twilight and has a stronger personality! Thanks for the recommendation!

Aleisha said...

You might want to check out the series "The Naming, the Riddle, The Crow and The Singing" A really good YA series. Think LORD of the Rings, but with a twist and for kids. Better than Eragon too.

Laurie said...

Hi Aleisha,
I actually just finished "Captivate" by Carrie Jones. I didn't find it as good as "Need" (not as much suspense or romance). It felt like more of an 'in-between' book in a series. There's supposedly another book coming out in the series called "Entice" (due out in 2010) so I'm hoping it will pick up the pace a bit more. She's added a couple of new characters which should spice things up. :)

I'll check out the "Pellinor" series you mentioned too. I've never heard of that author (Alison Croggon) before but I'm always willing to try something new. Thanks. :)

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