Too many books

a blog about books I'm reading and other things

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Casual Rex/Anonymous Rex

I have had Anonymous Rex on my wishlist for a while and then I found 2 books in one and decided to try it. I wasn't really sure if I would like it. The books are about a P.I. in Los Angeles who is a dinosaurs. Dinosaurs didn't die out millions of years ago but survived and now wear"guises" so humans do not find out. An very odd premise, but it works.

I read Casual Rex first but it turns out it was a prequel. I was engaged almost immediately. Vincent and his partner Eddie find themselves immersed in a dinosaur cult mystery. A lot of fun. I really wasn't expecting much but really enjoyed the story. Anonymous Rex was good too. I was truly surprised how much I enjoyed these books.

Diary of Mad Bride

The book starts out with Amy as a bridesmaid in her friend Mandy's wedding. She isn't going to be a bridezilla like her friend. In fact, maybe she won't get married at all. Then her boyfriend pops the question. You can see where this is all going. The book is funny and I love diary style books.

New Moon

What can I say about New Moon that hasn't already been said? I'm not a big fan of the Twilight series, I will say first. I enjoy the books, mostly, but they won't be rereads for me and I haven't rushed out to get the next one. I will read it eventually. Beware, spoilers below if you haven't read it.

Bella, Bella, Bella. She annoys me to no end in this book. Does she have to be that dramatic? She just cannot live without Edward. I love Jacob though; my favorite character in the books. And Taylor Lautner in the movies isn't bad to look at either. He is so sweet. I didn't see the werewolf thing coming and it disappointed me a little although I could see where it was going. The creepiest image of the book to me was after Bella jumped and later realized the red flame in the water she was seeing was Victoria. I will see the movie, again eventually when it comes to Netflix.

I guess the books keep me entertained but I just get too upset with all the characters and their choices.

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

I just read Sisters Long Ago, which dealt with hypnotism, and my 4 year old picked this book next (probably based on front cover) to read next. How fitting.

Molly Moon is an orphan who finds a fantastic book about hypnotism and discovers that she is a natural. What happened in the middle of the book surprised me. It was a fun book to read and there are several other books in the series that I will be reading.

Sisters Long Ago

This book is a teen novel written in the 1990s. Willow experiences flashbacks to a previous life and wonders what it all means. She tries to find out how she is conncected with another girl who saved her life. And how this all fits in with her sister now who has cancer. There are some interesting topics in this book like reincarnation, hypnotism and dreams.

If Only It Were True

What would you do if you were in an accident, your body was on life support but you were seperated from your body and only one random person could see you? This is what happens to Lauren in this book. How does she return to her body? Only one person, a stranger, who now lives in her old apartment, Arthur, could see her. Some very interesting things happen in this book. There is also a movie based on the book, Just Like Heaven with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, that I got from Netflix shortly after reading the book. The movie has a lot in common with the book but yet is different. I enjoyed the movie too.

Ya-Yas in Bloom

I loved Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood when I read it shortly after it was published. I didn't care too much for the Little Altars Everywhere prequel. This book starts with how the Ya-Yas met, some of their childhood, early married years and present day. I liked finding out more about them. Fun!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


One of my newest interest has been the U.S. space program, specifically the Apollo era. This novel is an alternative history of what might have happened if the manned moon missions continued and a mission to Mars took place. I was impressed with all the details about the space program and science in this book. Plus the development of several human characters. I loved the focus on the different aspects of the program-the astronauts, creation of the Martian lander, etc. It was a long book and took me a while to read but I really enjoyed it.

Maybe Baby

This was a interesting little book. It is about a family whose not very close at all anymore. The daughter becomes pregnant and decides to have a genderless baby. No one except the parents will know if it's a boy or girl. Interesting concept. I remember reading recently about a couple doing this, in Sweden I think?