Thursday, May 2, 2013

What I Read Wednesday

**on Thursday. I don't know. It's been a WEEK.

I'm not really a gamer, although back in the day before kids, I really enjoyed beating people up on Grand Theft Auto. I highly recommend that for stress relief. That said, even though I was lost of some of the gaming aspect of this book, I was still drawn into the story of the misfit band of kids who found each other in high school were games were rudimentary on Apple IIEs, one drifted apart, then he found them again and was thrust into a gaming mystery that threatened to bring down a huge company. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline.

Six Years
This mystery book was about a man who loves a woman, until she suddenly marries a man then tells him to leave them alone--no matter what. Until six years later, when he reads the man's obit, shows up to the funeral, only to find that the man apparently had a whole different family. What follows is an unraveling path of clues that leads every which way, most of them dangerous. I like books like this. They are fun and keep me guessing.

Life After Life: A Novel
I really wanted to love this book and the premise was fascinating. On the same night, two babies named Ursula Todd are born. Both have their cords wrapped around their necks. One lives by the snip of scissors, the other strangles. The surviving Ursula Todd lives constantly on the edge of almost death, somehow always surviving, always knowing what to do to change her fate. I loved the premise, but the actual writing was so tedious, so hard to follow. One moment she was in WWII Germany, best friends with Eva Braun (you know, Hitler's mistress), then she was a child again. It skipped around a lot and was difficult to follow. The last thirty pages of the novel were really beautifully written and I loved them, but most of the novel was a chore for me. It was an Amazon best book of the month for April, so I may be in the minority here.

Whirlwind (Dreamhouse Kings)
The second to last book in the Dreamhouse Kings series. It was good!

Frenzy (Dreamhouse Kings)
This was the last book in the Dreamhouse Kings series. It was good, but had an open ending to an extent. I don't normally mind this, but after six books, unless you're going to continue... tie it up!

What are you reading?


Barb Ruess said...

I love getting new book ideas from you! I am almost finished with The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards (and it's so fun, I think you'd enjoy it). While driving across the state last weekend I listened to The Red Garden and enjoyed it very much, it was almost a collection of short stories but with common threads throughout.

One crazed mommy said...

I just finished Divergent and am getting ready to get the 2nd (will probably be done before Sunday). I also read a very short novel called The Mourning House - I was hoping it would be ultra creepy and scare the crud out of me, but it wasn't long enough to really do that. It was creepy, and disturbing - but there wasn't enough there to build up and it left you hanging a little at the end - I mean you kind of know what happened, but not quite - there are unanswered questions. It irked me more than anything - I'm glad I only paid $2.99! Ready for Insurgent - I enjoyed the first!!

Kira said...

You've been giving me some great ideas for new books to read! I am just finishing the book "The Book Thief", and if you haven't read it - I would highly recommend it! I'm not sure if you can use books with "language" in them for teaching, but I can't help but think that it would be an amazing book to use when teaching about the holocaust.