Monthly Archives: March 2009

Roses are Red

031669325101Title: Roses are Red
Author: James Patterson
Finished: March 31, 2009
Pages: 305
Published: 2000

The next book in the Alex Cross series.

Alex is still celebrating his partial victory from Pop Goes the Weasel, when another terrible crime happens. Someone, calling himself the Mastermind, has been robbing banks, killing hostages and their families, and his partners.

Not only is Alex trying to solve there brutal murders as the numbers increase and the pattern changes, but his personal life is spiraling out of control. Christine is keeping her distance, his daughter is sick, and he may have growing feelings for an FBI agent on the case.

I really enjoyed this book. Years ago, this was my first James Patterson ever read, but for some reason I don’t remember much, which was good because everything was fresh in my mind and more surprising. I’m not really counting it as a re-read since I didn’t remember the premise.

Next up – Violets are Blue

*Challenges – 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Series Challenge Season 3, Spring Reading Thing

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Fool

christopher-moore-fool-cover-artTitle: Fool
Author: Christopher Moore
Finished: March 30, 2009
Pages: 311
Published: 2009

A new spin on Shakespeare’s King Lear, told by the fool’s prospective.

I was immediately intrigued when I was given this book as a gift because King Lear is one play I am very familiar with having done a production of it in high school. Knowing the story so well helped me fully understand and grasp this idea of telling the story all over again, but through Lear’s fool’s eyes.

For those who don’t know, King Lear, is about a king who decides to divide his land between his three daughters, based on how much they love him. His youngest, Cordelia, refuses to be like her sisters and is banished from the family. Throughout the story we find Lear going mad at his decision, wishing he had made a different decision as he watches his other daughters fight for all the land.

There are clear differences between King Lear and Fool, but at some point Moore needed to take creative license and he did an amazing job creating a character we hardly know and making him center stage.

You don’t have to know the story of King Lear, to read this book, if fact, you may find it even more enjoyable if you are less familiar. It’s a satyrical piece of work containing vulgar and crude language that you would never hear so expressly pointed out in Shakespeare’s original work.

*Challenges – 2009 Pub Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB Challenge, What’s in a Name?, Spring Reading Thing

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Love Bites Challenge

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I figure this new challenge hosed by Royal Reviews will help me with my Vampire Challenge, and also add another genre to my extensive reading. I would like to make a dent in the Sookie Stackhouse series, so that will probably be my focus, unless I find something new.

Goal: Read 3 paranormal romance novels between April 1 and June 30, 2009.

My List:

  1. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris – finished May 24
  2. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris – finished June 4
  3. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris – finished June 7

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Non-Fiction Five Challenge

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Another new one. I couldn’t help myself. I’m usually pretty weak on my non-fiction books, so I figure this could boost it some.

All the details are HERE. A challenge hosted by Trish’s Reading Nook, this challenge runs from May 1 – September 30, 2009.

My List:

  1. The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea Buchanan
  2. Mommywood by Tori Spelling
  3. Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
  4. Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer
  5. Marley and Me by John Grogan

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It’s Monday. What are you reading?

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A weekly event hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog, to discuss your recent reads and those you plan on reading in the coming week.

I feel like I have been very productive this week, getting many items for challenges checked off, and reading more than the previous week.

Read Last Week:

Reading This Week:

  • Fool by Christopher Moore (almost finished)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • Roses are Red by James Patterson

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Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (Vol. 1)

10537Title: Sin City: the Hard Goodbye (Vol 1)
Author: Frank Miller
Finished: March 29, 2009
Pages: 200
Published: 1991

I picked this one up on a whim while looking through the graphic novels section at the library. I saw the movie when it originally came out but have been expanding my reading of graphic novels. This was on the list of eventual reads.

Volume 1 follows Marv as he wakes up to find Goldie, the woman he took home, dead in his bed. He finds it’s a set up and has to fight for his life while trying to solve Goldie’s murder.

I found this to be one of the most interesting stories. I didn’t remember much from the movie so it was almost as if hearing it for the first time. I was also excited to see there are many volumes to this story so I can continue reading it as they become available.

*Challenges – Book into Movie Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, New Author Challenge, 1st in Series Challenge, Book vs. Movie Challenge

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Dead Until Dark

dead-until-darkTitle: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Finished: March 28, 2009
Pages: 292
Published: 2001

This may have been one of the books I was most excited to get to this year, especially after watching the complete season of True Blood earlier this month.

First off, it’s hard to say which I like more, because while the story is pretty much the same, the TV show seemed more fleshed out than the book. Sookie and Bill’s relationship seemed more intense in the show than in the book, but Sookie in general seemed like a different character and her relationships were different.

Dead Until Dark, which a lot of people are familiar with, is about a waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana, named Sookie Stackhouse. She’s telepathic, which means she can read minds. Vampires have been coming “out of the coffin” more recently since the creation of Tru Blood, a synthetic blood drink, and Sookie sees her first while working.

Book 1 tells the story of Sookie and her budding relationship with vampire Bill much to the dislike of her friends, all the while a killer is on the loose with the intent of killing Sookie for fraternizing with a vampire.

Even though I think I think the TV show better, the book was still very enjoyable and quick to read. I can’t wait to pick up number two.

*Challenges – 2009 Book Into Movie, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB Challenge, What’s in a Name?, 1st in Series, Vampire Challenge, Book vs Movie Challenge, Spring Reading Thing

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