Friday, July 6, 2012

Slightly reading

I've been reading because its hot, and its hard to do my chores, like laundry, cleaning, dishes while outside, but over all, I haven't had a great interest in reading lately.  Then again I don't interest in doing much.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm not quite sure what I think of this book.  My friend recommended this book, and I guess I didn't read the title, because I didn't realize it would be so sad.  Sorrow is in the title though, so I guess the disappointment after disappointment in Rose's life should have been expected.  Even though it was gruesome to think about, and sad to read, I found this history part of this book very fascinating, since it takes place during the French Revolution. From what I've read, the author does a good job of following history, the fiction part was the details of lives, and conversations.  But I'm not French Revolution historian so what do I know. I spent the whole book wondering how Rose turns into Josephine Bonaparte, and so now I'm interested to see how the Bonapartes rise in power and fame, so I am planning to read the second book, even though I found this one sad.
By the way, this book is not for younger audiences, the author does not shy away from the promiscuity of the time.  

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I put off reading this book because it was so popular. After a while I decided I wanted to be lazy and wait until after I saw the movie so I wouldn't have to use my imagination.  After watching the movie, I wanted to know what happened in the next two books.  This was a quick read, and it was enjoyable for the day or two it lasted.  I didn't think it wasn't as violent as everyone said it was, it was about the lightest dystopian literature I've read, but it was entertaining. I was glad in the book that Peeta wasn't as pansy-ish as he was in the movie.  He was a much better character in the book.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It took me a day or two to get into the plot, but then I enjoyed the book. Probably more than book two, but definitely less than book 1.  Ah, the way of series. Back to the book, I felt like the beginning was slow moving.  Then I was surprised at how quickly the authors tied up so many loose ends so quickly in the end. Considering the series started out as single people looking for matrimony, I thought the book would have been better with more about each couples' relationship.  But I did like the letters back and forth between James and Thomas. Although they definitely lacked a separate voice from their wives.  Maybe that is what the book was missing more James and Thomas.  They were very prevalent during the first book, pretty non- existent(as far as character voice) in the second, and made a slight revival in this book. I could have handled more. Still I enjoyed the story, and I enjoyed Cecy and Kate as mothers.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I didn't like this book as much as book 1, but still it was an entertaining read. If you like book 1, might as well take a chance on book 2.  Then again, I can't think of a single series that book 2 is as good as book 1.  I enjoyed the read, less channeling of Austen society, more channeling of magic, history, and antiquities.

1 comment:

  1. So do you recommend the Patricia Wrede books? I can't tell if it would be worth it from your review and you gave them both 3 out of 5. ??? She is one of my favorite authors but I haven't read these yet and which one is book one?