*sounds of general confusion*
I know, I know, it's January, but I had the dumb thing done, I just kept forgetting to post it. Silly me.
For those of you who don't know, my Life of Books blog is an experiment where I pick a book for every year I've lived. The book has to be published that year, has to be something I've actually read, and has to be meaningful for me in some way. So far I've got nine years up, and plan to update during the last week of every month.
Also, I've put a permanent Book Log post at the top of this page so I can track my books for the year. As you can see, I read four new books this week! And here are some short reviews:
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce~ I devour all Tamora Pierce, but I must say I had a harder time with this one. Most of the characters seemed unpleasant or grumpy, and I had the weird feeling that I liked the main character more than I was supposed to. There was a lot of emphasis on her flaws, which came closer to telling than most of Ms. Pierce's work.
Still solid work though: 3 stars
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow~ Wow. Just wow. Totally believable characters and a scarily realistic plotline. The book dragged a bit for me in the middle, but every time I put it down, I found myself thinking deep thoughts about people, and how the very things that make us humans, such as our emotions and our ability to solve problems, can be the things that drive us away from humanity. Also how essential compassion and empathy are in order to prevent injustice.
For me, that's the sign of a good book: 4 stars
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock~ I liked this a lot, very well written. It was hard for me to get into the football thing since it came so late in the book, but the relationship with the two main characters was fabulous.
A thoroughly pleasant read: 3 stars
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull~ This has been on my reading list for forever, and when I put it down all I could think was "thank goodness he wrote more". I found myself skimming over some of the description, but the storytelling was amazing.
Definitely 4 stars.
I think that's it. I'll be back with NETM on Saturday. See you then!