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Books I Read: October 2009

Posted Nov 02 2009 10:01pm
Books are rated on a scale of 1 to 10

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

I loved this book. It took me over a month to read because I was so engrossed in every single word. I loved the story, I loved the characters and I definitely love that it's a series. I can't wait to see the movie even though I have heard it is not so spectacular. I gave this book 9 stars because it was nearly perfect but it took me a long time to begin to comprehend who the names were referring to, which was slightly distracting. (I already owned this book and it is on the BBC book list )

I don't know much about nanotechnology. I have no way of knowing if this book was even remotely in the realm of possible. I would imagine it was, since Michael Crichton was always very good about that. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. When a book focuses on a topic I am completely clueless about, I worry that I'm not going to be able to follow the plot even if the topic is dumbed down for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could enjoy the thriller without constantly having to wonder what the hell they were talking about. I gave this book 7 stars because the story was good and the science was clear but kind of dry. (I already owned this book)

The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt

I loved the mystery and the magic aspects of this book. Overall, it was a good, quick read. I will be reading more of the series. Having said that, one problem, for me at least, was that being it was the first in a series, it gave a lot of background information. Normally, that would be fine but in this case it was background information on witchcraft. Most people interested in a book of this kind would probably know this information already and it kind of slowed down the pace of the book. Another problem, this time completely personal, was that the book has ghosts/spirits. I'm not a huge fan of haunting stories. I gave this book 7 stars because it while it covered areas that I'm not a fan of, I found it very enjoyable and managed to read it beginning to end in less than a day. (I already owned this book)

As second book in the Bewitching Mystery series, this book seems more comfortable with itself than the first. There is less basic description of witchcraft and more of the main character accepting her new found powers. There are still ghosts, but they are more filler story rather than plot-centric. The mystery was especially good, leaving me guessing until the killer was revealed. I could not put this book down and managed to read it from cover to cover in one day. The series is becoming better and better and I plan on reading more. I gave this book 8 stars because the series is getting better and the mystery was satisfying. (I already owned this book)

The Mammoth Book of Vampires edited by Stephen Jones

This book was a bitch to get through. I must have fallen asleep reading it at least 6 times. Most of the stories were dry and less than exciting. Out of the 29 stories, I enjoyed 4. I gave this book 3 stars because I have never read so many vampire stories that were so boring. (I already owned this book)

While a work of fiction, this book is based in real data collected by scientists. It really made me think. It made me question what I have always believed about the environment. By the end of the book, I was left with the realization that I need to question the things I have always "known", the things that I have been told over and over again but never thought to research myself. Never thought that I wasn't getting the "real" story. This lesson is useful in every aspect of life and because of that, changed my life a little. It sis all this while being very entertaining. I have this novel 9 stars because you can't ask a novel to be much better than that. (I already owned this book)

I have read just about the entire Jane Jeffry Mystery series, but I had missed this, the second book. Being that I already knew things that happen years down the storyline, a lot of this book was very familiar. The mystery itself was new to me though. I had the suspects narrowed down to two, but wasn't sure who the killer was until it was revealed which is always a huge plus. I have this book 7 stars because love the characters in this series and am glad that I went back to read this one. (I already owned this book)

This book had a fabulous message for tweenage girls. You can be a princess without being super skinny, athletic or popular. Being a princess comes from being confident in who you are and believing in yourself. Being a princess means not dressing skanky, not being rude and for thinking of others before yourself sometimes. I bave this book 7 stars because I'm a grown adult and I learned some things from this book that I hadn't known before so I'm definitely going to pass this one on to my nine year old daughter. (I already owned this book)

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

I wasn't expecting much from Storm Front. I owned the book for a while, but continued to put off reading it. I see now what a mistake that was. This book was a fast paced, easy read that I just could not put down. Wizards and potions and mystery and humor, it was like Harry Potter but with the possibility of someone having sex. I gave this book 8 stars because I'm so glad I gave it a try and can't wait to get started on the rest of the series. (I already owned this book)

I read a lot of James Patterson's books and I thought I knew his "moves" pretty well. Twice in Judge & Jury he really shocked me. Both events were unexpected and involved small children which made me a little uneasy. As is Patterson's fashion, the chapters were short and the read was very quick. I gave this book 8 stars because the focus was more on thrilling and less on suspense or mystery and the book really hit the mark. (I already owned this book)
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