Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday Review!

I have been reading quite a bit the past month or so but have stopped writing reviews on the books I was reading. I'm going to catch you all up right now. If you have read any of the books let me know what you thought about them or if you have any books that you love and think I should read once again let me know! I love hearing what other people think.

The Lovely Bones
When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen.
In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets.
With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing.
In the hands of a brilliant novelist, the author narrates the THE LOVELY BONES through the eyes of her winning young heroine. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

I thought this was a good book. Not great. It was a little freaky in places for me and I found that I didn't like reading it when Justin was gone because I'm such a wimp. The end made up for the parts I didn't like. I have talked to quite a few people who LOVED this book I just wasn't one of them.

The Notebook
A man picks up a very special notebook and begins reading to his beloved wife, his voice recalling the story of their poignant and bittersweet journey to happiness. . . so begins The Notebook, a touching novel that is a dual tale of love lost and found, and of a couple's gentle efforts to retrieve the most cherished moments of their lives. The Notebook is irrepressibly romantic and has become a classic.

I love this movie! The book by far wasn't as good. If you have seen the movie then you will understand when I say, that the book is all about when she comes back. It only has 2 pages about when they met and why she left. It was a good book but not as good as I expected.
The Magicians Nephew
First published in 1955, The Magician's Nephew was the sixth book C.S. Lewis wrote about Narnia. It was intended as a prequel to the series, chronicling events that took place before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Many readers prefer to begin reading The Chronicles of Narnia with The Magician's Nephew.
When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.

I'm not quite done reading this yet but I will be by tonight. It's slow. But I'm really excited to read the rest of the Narnia books so I am doing my best to love all of them.


Cassie said...

I loved the Notebook. I hate that they changed the ending in the movie. The Wedding (the follow up to the Notebook) was amazing as well.

Miss Hope said...

I have made a vow for me and my three kids to do some summer reading. We are going to hit the library once a week and talk about books we've read around the supper table. I do believe I'm excited now because you've given some great ideas for me to check out!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Read a book called The Prince of Beverly Hills by Stuart Woods. You wont be disappointed I promise!

Amber said...

Books!! I've been needing to find a good read. I'll have to check these out. Of course, I love The Notebook, but who doesn't??

Wanted to say thanks for following my blog! I look forward to getting to know you better!

Have a great day!


Anonymous said...

I read the Lovely Bones a year or so ago. I also didn't *love* it. There were definitely some really creepy parts in it.

I didn't like the ending at all. I thought it hokey and like the author didn't quite know how to end it.

I can't remember what part it was, however I loved how Susie noted that the more her family down on earth thought about her... the more ALIVE she felt.

Sheena Marie said...

I just read they're making a movie out of "The Lovely Bones". I still haven't finished it. Creepy!!