Too many books

a blog about books I'm reading and other things

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Daydreamer

10 year old Peter daydreams a lot. Some of his daydreams feel very real to him. He dreams about being a cat or baby for a day or what if he found vanishing cream. Wonderfully written. I did not realize until I looked it up that this is also the author of Atonement. I never read Atonement but have heard lots about it. This was Ian's McEwan's first children's novel and I enjoyed it a lot.

Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas

The third book in the British teen Georgia series. I have been comparing this, lately, to the other teen series I have been reading-the Princess Diaries. I definitely like Mia better but I think Georgia is funnier. They both have best friends who they complain about constantly yet remain friends. Georgia is always saying something bad about Jas yet in her next diary entry they are best friends again; it is funny though how she portrays it. And Georgia seems more boy crazy. All and all though, both series are fun to read.

World Without End

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is one of my very favorite books. I was excited to hear that a sequel of sorts was coming out. My mom loves Pillars too and I got her World Without End for Christmas. She gave it to me after she was done and I decided to read it this month.

It did not disappoint. It was just as page turning and exciting as Pillars was. It's been a while since I read Pillars so I can't say which I liked better. It's a tough choice; they're both great books. Great characters and storyline. About my only complaint is that I did find a few parts boring in this book, like when Caris and Mair went off to look for the bishop and that part didn't seem too realistic either; going to find him in rough terrain for a small, local matter.

But, as I said, I loved this book and it will be one of my top reads for this year.

One For the Money

I read this book as my bunco book club read. It is not a book I probably would have picked up otherwise. I've heard about it on my book groups before but never had a desire to read it.

It was ok and even funny at parts but not really my kind of book. I really don't have a desire to go on with the series. It was quick to read though, although I could put it down for a while and then come back to it. There was one point in the story when I realized it was the beginning of the end of the book and this is how things were going to end.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My book shelves

This is one of the book shelves in my room. The books are double stacked. These are all books I haven't read yet.


Another one of unread books in my bedroom. Again, doubled stacked.


And the last in my bedroom, unread


This is in my computer room/library-unread and double stacked


This is the top of my desk. The top shelf is unread and middle right is mostly unread with a few books for Paperbackswap/Frugal Reader/Bookmooch. I am running out of room to put the new books I get and that's why they're mixed with books to give away.


This is my lovely built in for my library. The bottom shelf is for books to give away but the rest are books I have read and want to keep. I need to organize them sometime. Oh, and some magazines I haven't read yet either. I am way behind on magazines too.


My lawyer's bookcase. These are mostly hardback, non fiction books that are keepers. Harry Potter books are in there too. This is in the living room.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

I won!

I never win anything but I won today! I won the Hachette Book USA Summer Reads giveaway from The Book Brothel,

The books are:
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
The Preacher and the Presidents by Nancy Gibbs
Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett
Miscarriage of Justice by Justice “Kip” Gayden
Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Hancock
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan
A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts
Off Season by Anne Siddons
A Rose by the Door by Deborah Bedford
Remember Me by Deborah Bedford
Child 44 by Tom Smith
Close by Martina Cole

I've never heard of any of these books. I've read one Anne Rivers Siddons and have an Elin Hilderbrand on my shelves. Anyone ever read any of these?

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God

The second Georgia book. These are the only ones I have but I am going to get the other ones. More teenage drama. More boys.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

I have been wanting to read this series for a while, about Georgia, a 14 year old English girl. The book is written in diary style, one of my favorite formats. I also love British humor books. Georgia writes about all the typical teenage girl problems but she does seem pretty popular and fun. A fun book.

The Royal Treatment

This book is half alternate history, half romance. The book begins on the premise if Alaska was not the 49th state and it is a separate country; a kingdom. A commoner gets stuck in Alaska, somehow meets the king where he arranges for her to marry his son. Everything seems to fall to neatly into place in the first part of the book. But the queen to be is spunky and not afraid to tell it like it is. She really makes the whole book although she does annoy me at times. And I'm not much for sex scenes, and there are quite a lot unnecessary, to me, ones in this book but I guess it is a romance book. I found out there are 2 more books in the Alaskan royal series but about other members of the royal family. I put them on my wishlist.

The Grownups

The Grown Ups by Victoria Glendinning

This book takes place in England in the late 1980s. It revolves around 3 women who all love the same man, only one of them is married to him. There doesn't seem to be any plot in this book and it's just the going ons of their lives, affairs, etc. It was good enough to read the whole book but I wouldn't really recommend it.