Title: The Girlfriend’s (Gay Friends) Guide to Understanding Men
Author: Bo Sebastian
Finished: August 24, 2010
Format: first edition, e-book
I’ve had this earlier review e-book for quite some time and finally pushed my way through it. It was fun read here and there, lots of good tidbits, but I have a feeling it’s not exactly the same book that was being released to the rest of the world.
This book is almost a Sex and the City guide book for women and how to avoid dating the wrong men, bad situations, and even friendship advice. It’s very similar to other books I’ve read about dating, but written by a gay guy there was a definitely different spin to the whole thing which was quite fun.
Overall, quick and fun read.
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January 1 – December 31, 2010
I loved this challenge again for the second year and look forward to joining again in 2011. It went surprisingly fast, finding many new books and authors, plus continuing on with series. I found so many other new ones this year, I can’t wait to add them to next years list of books.
Title: Heart Mender
Author: Andy Andrews
Finished: August 15, 2010
Format: first edition
The was my second Andy Andrews book and he never disappoints. Unlike the Noticer, this book reads a lot like a fiction novel, and even as you turn the last page you keep wondering whether the story can truly be real.
Taking place during World War II, we meet Josef, a German soldier on a sub, and Helen, a waitress in a small town suffering over the loss of her husband in the war.
It took me some time to get into the story after Andy’s introduction. While digging up a tree, Andy finds an old can full of old German artifacts and becomes determined to find the story behind them and who they belonged to.
Soon after this revelation begins this amazing story of broken hearts, war, anguish and hope. Helen is a young woman who is torn apart with anger over the loss of her husband so early in their marriage. Even her closest friends can’t seem to bring her out of despair and help her move on.
While walking on the beach, she comes across Josef, a scary surprise given the violent war that is going on in the gulf, and while fearing for her life, she can’t just leave him to die so she takes him into her home to nurse him back to health.
This story was so amazing and powerful, the fairytale that we only see in movies but not in real life. The only parts that were slow involved the war scenes, which I always have problems with (historical books are not my favorite), but overall the most amazing book ever. Could bring tears to your eyes.
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Author: Scott Westerfeld
Finished: August 11, 2010
Format: first edition
The final book of the Uglies series, at least that has been published, did not lack in creativity and suspense. I wasn’t sure what to expect after finishing Specials but it wasn’t what was given to me in Extras.
I loved the introduction of new characters and how Westerfeld keeps it a mystery as to where he is truly going with the story, how he will wrap up the series and tie everything together.
Taking place three years after Specials, we are introduced to Aya, a “kicker” (also known as reporter or blogger), in search of her next big story. Rumors are floating around of a group of kids who are experimenting with dangerous surfing but want nothing to do with popularity.
What she comes across is far bigger than she ever imagined. The future of the world rests on whether or not she can create a convincing story without dying in the process. Once released, Aya has no idea what to expect, but she probably didn’t ever imagine what she received.
I enjoyed this follow up story very much, the culmination of all the books together and finding out the true future and facts that no one could have ever imagined. I’m still curious if this is how he will end or if there will be yet another adventure, but I liked it all the same.
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